“He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” (2 Timothy 1:9 NKJV)
God’s purpose for your life is not about you.
We exist for God; He does not exist for us. God loves doing things for His people, but the reason we get up in the morning is to fulfill His purpose for our lives, not merely to ask Him to bless our purpose for our lives. Until we understand that we exist for Him, we will never know our purpose for being.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth…all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16 ESV)
The purpose for your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s greater than your family, your career, and your ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
The reason the search for the purpose of life has been such a struggle is because we typically begin at the wrong starting point - ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like: What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, and my dreams for my future?
Being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose are not the same issue. You can reach all your personal goals, and become a huge success by the world’s standards, and still miss the purposes for which God created you.
God’s purpose for your life is mostly about what He is doing in you.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
God is more concerned with who you are in Christ, than what you do for Christ.
Being precedes doing.
God’s purpose for your life is to do the good works God has prepared for you.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
You were put on earth to make a contribution. You are not here to just consume resources - to eat, breath, and take up space. God designed you to make a difference with your life.
You were created to serve God. When you do these “good works” you are actually serving God.
God’s purpose - faithfulness where you are right now.
When you don’t know what to do…do what you know to do. Do what is in front of you.
Your purpose life’s purpose is not just one thing - it is a series of things. Wherever you are in life make sure it reflects Jesus. You will never stop seeking God’s purpose.
Today’s Challenge: Remember these three truths: God’s purpose for your life begins with God, not you. Second, his purpose is about what he is doing in you to make you like Jesus. Third, your purpose is to do the good works God has prepared for you.
- Why do you think so many people struggle with finding their God-given purpose?
- Do you know what your purpose/purposes is?
- How can people determine their purpose?
Recommended Resource: Discover Your True Self: How to Silence the Lies of Your Past and Actually Experience Who God Says You Are by Chip Ingram
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