What’s your life purpose?
I always tell people that you do the world and yourself a disservice by not fulfilling the call of God on your life. But most people don’t know what their purpose is or how to find out what it is. I’ve included an excerpt from my book Christ-confidence with an excerpt from the chapter titled “Grand Purpose”…let’s find your purpose together.
God loves us so much that He will speak to someone about you in order for that person to let you know that He is concerned about you. We go through a lot of things in life that we blame God for when the reality is if He had it His way we wouldn’t go through hardship at all (Revelation 21:3-5). The words that she spoke to me that day let me know that despite what I thought to be true; God still had something good planned for me regardless the pain I was feeling. Number two, when I found out that God had a plan for my life I became emboldened to find out what that plan was in order to live the life I deserved. There is nothing more invigorating than to find out that the life that you live has a meaning to it. That you are more than just a combustion of atoms but rather you are made in the image and likeness of God to make the world a better place for its inhabitants. Your life will come alive with vibrancy and fulfillment as soon as you find out what your purpose is in life. The question now is “how do I go about finding out my life’s purpose?”
Initially you will have to start out with a general purpose such as the one found in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This particular purpose is used in combination with the skills and abilities that you are aware of. It doesn’t matter what skill you have they can all be used to do good works. Skills such as photography, dance, writing, construction, educating, speaking, organizational skills or any other skill that you are aware of can advance the cause of Christ. As you continue to work with the skills that you are aware of and continue to grow spiritually (by reading the Word) a more specific purpose will develop.
Personally, I’ve always enjoyed writing. Since I was a teenager I kept a journal where I would write my thoughts, feelings and insights into life. As an adult I am still writing but I now write to advance the cause of Christ. Something as small as journaling now evolved into this book. Circumstantial? No. Purpose being fulfilled? Yes.
It is very easy to become anxious about finding out your personal purpose in life. Many times God will have you use the skills you are aware of to live out your general purpose with vigor and faithfulness before He will reveal your personal purpose. Yet you have the ability to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you into discovering your personal purpose. When you do this, He will affirm it to you and lead you into intricate truths about your purpose. John 16:13 says, “…the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
There are some clues that you can use in order to find and define your purpose.
¨ What skills and abilities do you think that the world can most benefit from you?
¨ Are there any painful memories or experiences that you have learned from and can educate others about?
¨ What upsets you the most about life/the world?
¨ Who do you believe you are called to reach? Do you have favor with a certain group of people (i.e. men, children, young adults, age group, ethnicities, etc.)?
¨ Even if you did not receive a paycheck for doing your purpose, would you still do it?
¨ Even if you never received a round of applause or recognition, would you still do it?
Based on the answers to the above listed questions, if you think that you alone will not be able to carry out your purpose because it’s too big or you don’t have the resources; then you are on target! If you view your purpose as being too big for you that means it’s just the right size for God. The best part is that God will take what you think is too big to a higher level than what you are even thinking about or imagining (Ephesians 3:20).
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