PURSUING GOD’S PURPOSE (FOR YOUR LIFE)
Purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created; the reason something exists. It is imperative that each of us discover the purpose of our existence. At some point in our lives we will all have to ask the question “why am I here?” Finding your purpose will answer that question. Knowing your purpose also answers the question “who am I?”
Discovering God’s purpose for your life is essential to your Christian growth. Purpose gives clarity to your life; it shows you why you must do some things and not others. Purpose also gives meaning to your life; it helps you understand your identity and direction. Knowing your purpose helps shape your decisions; it allows you to prioritize and determine what is helpful.
It is important to understand that you were born for a purpose. You are not an accident, regardless of the circumstances surrounding your birth. It is God’s will for you to be born; God purposed your birth and you were born for a purpose, His purpose.
Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to Our likeness…” God did this for a reason/a purpose; that we will have fellowship and a relationship with him as well as perpetuate His plans for this earth. As children of God, we have a common or shared purpose(s). Our primary purpose is to love God. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” Matt. 22:39 tells us that our purpose is also to love one another. God created us to be part of His divine plan. Perhaps the most important part we play in God's eternal plan is to point people to eternal life with God, through His Son Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:19-20) Beyond these general purposes God has a specific purpose for you as an individual and in order for you to live a fulfilling and meaningful life, you must discover that purpose.
Being in the limelight is not an indication that you’re walking in your God-given purpose. Purpose does not have to be grandiose; God may be leading you toward your specific purpose, but you may be resisting it because it is not as you perceived. Jonathan must have thought his purpose was to succeed his father as king of Israel, until he encountered David and realized that his purpose was to help David become king. (1 Samuel 18-20)
Purpose can also become clear over a period of time. It unfolds as you walk with God and allow His Spirit to lead you. Jesus was born knowing His purpose. (Luke 2:50) Paul’s purpose was revealed to him right after his first encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:20) Moses’ purpose unfolded over time; 40 years in Egypt, 40 years in the wilderness. Only at the burning bush was his purpose revealed to him by God.
Your purpose leads to your destiny. To discover your purpose, go to the source, the Creator; the manufacturer can tell you the purpose of the creation. Job 12:10: “It is God who directs the lives of His creatures; everyone’s life is in His power.” (Good News) You cannot discover your purpose outside of God, your Creator. You cannot discover your purpose by looking deep within yourself; it does not start with you. God can place a strong yearning or leading in your spirit, but it still starts with God. Seek God’s purpose for you through prayer, fasting, studying the Word and being sensitive to the leading of the Spirit.
After you discover your purpose, pursue it for God’s glory; always keep the focus on God. Pursue your purpose relentlessly and wholeheartedly. Like Peter, Andrew, James and John, who discovered their purpose, and left everything to follow Jesus, we must pursue our purpose unapologetically. (Matt 4:18-22, Luke 5:1-11)
Discovering your purpose can lead to some uncomfortable situations. Paul suffered many things for the sake of the Gospel but remained relentless. (2 Cor. 11:23-27) Not everyone will understand your purpose but pursue it once you have found it. Pursue your purpose persistently; you will face opposition and rejection but press on. (Luke 13:31-33)
To discover God’s purpose for your life and to pursue that purpose, you must walk closely with Him; continually abiding in Him. There’s a purpose for everything God creates; the minutest of His creations has a purpose. God’s purpose for you is not a secret. You can and will find it through prayer, in His word and through His leading in your spirit. As it is with everything, God entreats us to ask, seek and knock and He will reveal it to us. May He open your eyes, ears and your spirit man to perceive your why? Why am I here? What am I here for? The answers are with God.