Before we were in the womb, God foreknew us, and what is our purpose and destiny. Each one who comes to life has been purposed and destined to be what he is created for. The Creator ordained us to be his own from conception till we pass from this life and return to him. From a quote: “God made us on purpose and for a purpose.” We are directed by God for his purpose. In all things, God intends us to fulfill his will in our life. We have a greater sense of identity in that we were made in the image and likeness of God. We have been endowed with dignity, charisms, responsibilities, and rights to enable us to shape our destiny by carrying out God’s purpose in our life. We are called to trust God and submit our ways to him as he will be the one who will make our paths straight. God will subject us to tests on our character, faith, loyalty, love, obedience, and integrity so that whatever concerns us can be perfected. We can then become more capable and equipped to do good works and living the purpose that God ordained for us. Romans 8:28: “All things work together for our good, to them that love God and are called according to his purpose. Nothing is wasted or discarded, for the Lord sees the true purpose in it all.” God’s purpose for us is already predetermined; it is for us to decide our destiny. We have to discover and identify the purpose of our life and work to fulfill our destiny. We may have our plans but God’s purpose will still prevail. On the other hand, LaTan Roland Murphy wrote: “Instead of looking for our purpose in life, let’s view God as our purpose.” When we have God as our purpose, he will give unto us the spirit of wisdom and knowledge, to understand and know the hope of our calling, and our being qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. The true and lasting purpose for man is to know Christ above all else, the fellowship of his sufferings and the power of his resurrection, and to be raised to life as he was. Conformed to Christ, we gain eternal life and become children and heirs of God and co-heirs with him. Apostle Paul urges us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received; to be completely humble and gentle; patient, and bearing with one another in love; keeping unity through the bond of peace. Isaiah 46:10: “I distinguish the end from the beginning, and ancient times from what is still to come, saying: ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.’ I summon a bird of prey from the east, a man for My purpose from a far-off land. Truly I have spoken, truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, I will surely do it.”

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