It is true that God has predetermined good works for us to do before the foundation of the world. It has been so hard to reconcile this fact in my mind because of the implications of it. So many conclusions can be drawn by just thinking over this fact. Ultimately, this means that God is the main character in every person’s life (really all of creation to be technically correct). Honestly speaking, there is a part of me that just doesn’t like it…I want to be important. I want to be significant. I always have. Ever since I could remember I have felt like I was special and that someday I would do great things that would leave people in awe.
I think there is something in all of us that feels this way to some degree. We know that we have been made to be far better than we actually are and the cry in our hearts, to actually be better, is so real. However, the pursuit of personal greatness only leads to death.
So you ask, “what does it mean that God has predetermined good works for us to do before the foundation of the world?” Glad you asked. Here are just a few recent thoughts from my journey in Christ.
God is in control.
God has predetermined my life and the role it will have in His story.
God established the mission. I don’t create one.
God’s good works through me are good. My good works done for my own recognition are no good.
God is working through a group of people (the body of Christ) and not through individuals.
God created everything and planned how His mission would be accomplished.
God gave me a very small role, the more I realize and accept this the more free I become.
God is the main character.
Therefore, prayer is much more vital than I like to admit.
While not completely related to what you just read, John Piper has great things to say about this topic.