“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”. Eph. 1:4,5 (NIV)
Several science fiction movies have “toyed” with the issue of predestination. A well-known example is the movie “Back to the Future” in which Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, goes back in time from 1985 to 1955. While in that time, he accidently informs a student named Goldie Wilson that he would later become mayor of their town, thus becoming responsible, or “predestining” that event in the future.
The whole issue of predestination is often confusing for Christians because we believe that it removes their ability of free choice. How can a person be “predestined” to be a child of God and still have the ability to make a free choice? The answer lies in the realization that God is outside of time and already knows the entire future. He knows who will choose to belong to His family, and who will reject that opportunity.
The relevant thing for us to remember is that because God has predestined our adoption as sons and daughters, our place in His family is absolutely secure. This is important since our true identity and our sense of worth are derived from the fact that we belong to God’s family. In addition, Paul reminds us that God actually wants us to be part of His family. Growing His family brings Him pleasure.
As you go through your day today in medicine, remember that first of all, you are God’s son or daughter. Your worth as a person is not based upon the fact that you are a physician, but upon the fact that you are God’s child. It is not based upon your performance today, but upon the fact that God loves and values you. Your destiny in heaven is determined and nothing can change that. This should enable you to move through your day with a sense of confidence and freedom that you can share with those you encounter who perhaps do not yet know our amazing God.
Prayer: Lord, remind me that my worth is based on You and not on my accomplishments. Open my eyes to those with whom you want me to share my faith.