When you have well-prepared goals it will propel you to God’s purpose for your life.
- Your Life purpose is the reason for your life – Purposes relate to the long-term plan God designed for you. “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” (Ephesians 1:11). Your goals are the routes to reach your Life Purpose – Goals relate to the different types of work God leads you to do to accomplish your purpose. “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” (1 Corinthians 12:5–6)
- Your Life Purpose is the “why” of your life (Why you are here on earth) – Purposes relate to the aim of your life. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.” (Romans 8:29). The goals are the “what” of your life (What you do on earth) – Goals relate to the activities in your life. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.… Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15–17)
- Your Life Purpose is to establish God’s target for your life – Purposes are the inspiration behind your achievements. “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12). Your goals are the measure of the movements to your Life Purpose – Goals are the individual achievements. “And that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.” (Psalm 62:12)
- Your Life Purpose develops your life message – Purposes produce inner peace. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13). Your goals draw from your talents and abilities – Goals reveal outer progress. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides.” (1 Peter 4:10–11)
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13–14)
Out Life Purpose is to glorify God. The Greek word translated “glorify” means literally to “give an estimate.” How significant! God’s highest purpose for you is to glorify Him – to be a jewel that reflects to others an accurate estimate of God!