Have you ever wondered about the purpose of your life?
If you answered “yes” to that questions, you are in good company. I don’t know a single Christian person who has always know the exact purpose that they were put on this earth for. I say Christian because once you accept Christ as your Savior and begin to follow Him, well, all bets are off and God really starts to change life.
So, have you tried to discover you purpose on your own? Asked God or a counselor or taken an assessment? Were you able to find your purpose on your own?
Let’s think about this for just a minute. If you call yourself a Christian, what is your purpose? Here is a phrase for you to ponder…It’s not about you. Your purpose is far greater than you. Greater than your happiness, career, family, dreams or ambitions. You were created by Him for Him. You will not be able to discover your life purpose by looking within yourself.
I love how The Message puts 1 Corinthians 2:7-10, “We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:
No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.”
- You discover your purpose by having an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Have you asked Him to be the Lord and Savior of your life? If not, we would love to visit with you about what this means and walk beside you, but more than likely, if you are reading our blog, you have already made that decision. We are walking in the same world and asking God to lead us too. Listen, God is not your personal genie in a bottle. He doesn’t grant your wishes. He accomplishes His will for you and He will allow you to choose experiences that will prepare you for His will. Hey, God doesn’t take No for an answer. Everything He does will bring you back to His will.
- God knew you before you were even born. Doesn’t that just thrill you? God though of me before my parents were even married or even born. God knew that I would be His child and He already had a plan for me. His purpose predates our conception. What?!!! That is simply amazing! God allows us to make choices, but He has already determined our purpose.
- The purpose of your life was designed for eternity. As a Christian, we think long term. Eternity. Our desire is to be more like Christ while we are here on this earth because we want to ultimate reward in Heaven. Obviously we will never be perfect, but we strive to be. We follow Jesus’ model while he was on earth, and it does apply to us today. Think long term with your purpose. God has a great plan for the long term. “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, NIV).
This article was really intended to get you thinking about purpose. I have been the person who asked What am I here for? It’s important for you to know that, as a Christian, you are here to glorify God in all that you do. Seriously, everything.
It all starts with God.
Here is a good questions to ask yourself before everything you say or do: What would Jesus do?
Yes, it’s been done, but it’s so good. Really, ask this before you give that criticism, respond to harsh words, drink that beverage or eat that entre’. Would Jesus be seen at that kegger (because we are in the stage of raising teenagers)? Just think about it first, is all I am saying. We have a chance to glorify God in everything and why would we not want to?
This article is the beginning of a series that you will see from me in the coming months. I write about twice a month so you will be reading more on our purpose as we progress through this year. And, I really do hope to help you in your search for purpose and what it really looks like for you personally.
I want to leave you with this to ponder: Why do you think people try to discover their purpose without turning to God?
Until next time,