Purpose: Acquired or Bestowed

The first misconception about purpose is the assumption or belief that it is imposed, as opposed to acquired. Purpose is acquired, not artificially imposed or bestowed by the Christian God, Father of Jesus Christ.

The Evidence? Purpose is not fully set at Birth

Evidence Again: Righteousness is a pre-condition for Purpose

Purpose is Acquired not Bestowed

strive Christian, strive with honor and righteousness and diligence for acquisition of purpose (good works) from me, author and finisher of your faith and salvation.

Contradictory Evidence from same Bible?

Preparation of Resources and Soccer Programs

Preparation of Resources and Company Succession Plans

Application to Purpose

Within context of Christianity, purpose is acquired via a meritocracy. Meritocracy starts, however, with delight in God, desire for fellowship with God prior to or while we yet are being formed in the womb.

We are spirits living in a body. God gets to know our spirits before we acquire a body. It is the response of our spirit to Him that is signal of resources He can entrust to us.

Why exactly would Jesus reward people for doing stuff about which they have no choice? 1Corinthians 13: 1–3 makes clear obedience without love — obedience that is not outflow of choice to respond to love of God — never is rewarded by Jesus Christ.

Within context of Christianity, purpose is earned within context of a meritocracy. Since merit starts with something everyone has capacity for: delight in and desire for fellowship with Jesus Christ, everyone starts with equal merit. There is no partiality.

Anyone saying to you that purpose is artificially bestowed by God independent of your choices, actions, or character desires your laziness, hates your soul.

You can choose to begin to delight in Jesus Christ today. If you already delight in Jesus Christ, remember it is your responsibility to turn your delight into a seeking after and acquiring of purpose. Good purposes already are reposed in Jesus Christ waiting to be acquired.

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Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos