Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Salvation brings with it many benefits, both spiritual and natural. The Psalmist said, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the Lord God of our salvation Psalm 68:19.” We are also encouraged not to forget those benefits in Psalm 103:2, “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits.” Thank God for all of His all rewards, blessings, benefits, acts of good, and all of His good treatment of us. Are benefits the goal, though, and should our Christianity be benefit centered? Shouldn’t spirituality and Christ-likeness be the goal and benefits the side issue or the greatest benefit? That is what we have been predestined to be conformed to according to Romans 8:29 which says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Being conformed to His image is the kind of people we can be in actual attitude and behavior to match who we already are positionally in Christ. Who He made us to be in Christ, in our new creation spirit, can show up on the outside and be seen by others.
I’ve even seen hundreds of Christians when they don’t get the benefits, (or when they don’t come in the time they thought they should) display carnality, less spirituality, and less Christ-likeness. Maybe the center of our focus should be spirituality and we should strive to be Christ-like whether we are in an abasing condition or an abounding condition. I think being conformed to His image in our walk, attitudes, and ways is a prize of a higher calling.
I thank God for every blessing and benefit that is ours in Christ Jesus but also believe God has a greater goal in mind when He blesses us. Do you remember the ten men that were lepers that Jesus cleansed in Luke 17:11-19 and only one returned to give thanks to Jesus? When the one returned Jesus said, “…, were there not ten cleansed, but where are the nine?” I believe the one who returned to give thanks is the only one who understood the true meaning of the blessing and benefit: to draw him closer to the Blessor. He had the right goal!