“Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant”.
A Christian’s purpose has a direct correlation in their service for the Lord. And, there is an added benefit to serving Him, as Psalm 35:27 proclaims. The prosperity mentioned in the above passage, is for the here and now, not in eternal future. Heaven is not the place to earn your prosperity; you will be clothed in His righteousness at that time. It is in service and obedience to His word right now that brings a life of abundance…
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Knowing God’s will for your life is different than knowing what your purpose is. God’s will is how you fit into His overall divine plan. It is the long term affect of your existence as it relates to His master plan for the world. God’s sovereign plans must happen and cannot be changed. Your purpose is what you do to fit into His sovereign plan at a moment in time. It is the meaning for your existence for a particular season of your life.
God’s will for the universe is so complex for us to decipher because we don’t have His full knowledge to put it all in the proper context. However, past events and biblical prophecy do reveal a lot about His will. For example, The Book of Revelation show us glimpses of what will happen in the future although we don’t fully know the sum of all the parts. However, God knows the future so that He may direct your steps.
A person’s purpose is in some way connected to advancing God’s sovereign will. It will happen whether He allows you to do it or someone else. A person’s purpose can be thought of as a sub-category, with His will being the main category. A person’s purpose, no matter how big or small, will fit into God’s will like a piece to a puzzle.
A purpose is a directive God places on the heart to satisfy God’s requirement during a lifetime. That may change depending on the season your life is in and where you are in your spiritual maturity. Your purpose then becomes a small part of His equation in fulfilling His overall will for your life. God’s will then becomes the sum of your purposes over your lifespan.