PASTOR ENOCH ADEJARE ADEBOYE is the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

A prolific writer, he has a PhD in Applied mathematics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he was formerly a senior lecturer. He is also an anointed and favourite guest speaker at many church conferences and conventions all over the world.

Below is one of his numerous teaching on GOD'S PURPOSE, enjoy.

First of all, lets define purpose. Purpose can be said to be a reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Then, God's purpose according to the Holy Bible, in Isaiah 43:7, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”. Here it is clear that God created man and that He created him for His glory, so, the ultimate purpose of man, according to the Bible, is simply to glorify God.

We fulfill our purpose of glorifying God by living our lives in relationship and faithful service to Him (1 Samuel 12:24; John 17:4). Since God created man in His image (Genesis 1:26–27), man’s purpose cannot be fulfilled apart from Him. King Solomon tried living for his own pleasure, yet at the end of his life he concluded that the only worthwhile life is one of honor and obedience to God (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14).

Two incidents of note happened in my life when I was much younger The first incident was in 1964 when I was at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. At the time, the University had an exchange program with Michigan State University, USA to send brilliant students from Nigeria to the USA during summer to know more of America. We all looked forward to qualify, but then we had to do some tests before one could be selected. I qualified as an "A student and we did all kinds of examinations and we passed.

Unknown to us, there was a final examination which was a dinner party. The table was set and we were given a bowl of soup and a roll of bread each. I grabbed the bread and dipped it in the soup and started eating. there was a man there who was taking notes.

He waited until my mouth was filled before he asked me what I would do when I get to America. But due to my mouth filled up with food, I could not answer properly and he took note. After the meal it was tea time, the tea was very hot so I started taking the tea with the spoon provided. At the end of the party, I failed, not be able to understand why I failed.

Later I got to know more about table etiquette. I failed because I did not know how to pass, nobody told us in advance the things we were to do in order to pass. There are several people who go through life and fail ultimately because they did not know how to pass.  

The second incident was on the positive side. In the University of Nsukka in those days, sports was almost the god. To be a sportsman was to be almost everything. A sportsman then was treated special; special food, provisions and so on. We even had a special table, everybody wanted to join the team. I was in the volleyball team then. On the day of selection, 86 people turned up and they needed just six people.

Fortunately, at the beginning of the session somebody had told me what they will do on the day of selection. I was told that we would be made to run a mile and do ten press-ups. He also told us that we would be made to lift weights of about a hundred pounds, at least.
Since we were told in advance, my friend and I started making preparations. We were doing 30 press-ups and lifting weights of 150 pounds. 

Obviously, on the day of selection we passed easily and we were selected.
We passed because we know how to pass. Talking about your life, I do not want you to fail.
It took me another 15 years after failing the test in 1964 to visit America. If you fail the test of life, there is no resit in Heaven. 

The more we get to know our Creator and the more we love Him (Matthew 22:37–38), the better we understand who we are and what our purpose is. We were created to bring Him glory. God has unique plans and purposes for each person (Psalm 139:13–16), but we can know that, whatever those plans look like, they will ultimately result in His glory (Proverbs 3:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

In the next article, we will look at ten sub-headings to discuss fully the issue that God has a purpose for our lives.

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