28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified (Romans 8).
To be predestined (pro-o-rizo) is to be prioritized by God. It is we (not angels, nor creation) who are God’s #1 priority both in the heavens and in the universe. As a righteous and holy God, His priority is to make us like His Son. As a loving Father, His priority is for His Son Jesus to have “many brethren.” To Him, nothing else much matters. To Him, the greatest glory and joy He receives is having other sons and daughters who will eventually be forevermore exactly like His ever-beloved Son, Jesus.
The best plans always dwell in the forethoughts of a mind, and the eternal mind of God has no greater plan than making us like His Son. Thus, to be predestined — to be a priority — is to be in the very forethoughts of God, which means, we are never just afterthoughts. Concerning us (His beloved children, and Christ’s beloved brethren), God never thinks, “Oh, by the way ….” When it comes to priorities, there simply is no “Oh, by the way ….”
Thank You, Lord, for making us Your priority both in the heavens, as well as in the entire universe. Help us This Day to make You our #1 priority in life — to live in such a way that honors You and blesses our Savior. Amen.