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God's Purpose for You

God's Purpose for You is Eternal

We have seen that God desires fellowship with others, because that is His very nature. What God is doing, however, is for eternity. This is hard for us to understand since with our finite minds we tend to see life as being only for a few years. We must see that this life is only the testing ground for the life to come. Life does not end at the grave; it only begins there! God can only take those into fellowship with Him for eternity who have chosen Him here and been tried and proven in their devotion to Him.

Not only does God want us to have fellowship with Him for eternity--the Word of God tells us that we shall also reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12). This age is not the age in which we are called to rule in this world, but there is coming a time when we will reign with God. We must see our lives now in proper perspective if we are going to fulfill God's purpose for us here on earth. Realize that you are being prepared for an even greater calling than you have now, and that that calling is in the future.

If we are to be chosen for that calling, we must be faithful in small things here on this earth. You may not feel that your calling in the body of Christ is very important, but it is of utmost importance, because God is testing you to see if you will be found faithful in the "little things." Actually, they are not so little; they just seem so to us.

Remember that in this world you will be hated, as Jesus was (John 15:18-20). This should cause you to rejoice! Just keep your eyes on Jesus, and realize that what little persecution you have to endure now is nothing in comparison to the coming glory that you will share with Jesus Christ if you endure. So fix your heart on Him, and you will not lose your purpose or your courage. Let Him be your joy!