8 Things You Need to Know About Finding Your Purpose
“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you” – Jeremiah 1:5
Whether we know it or not, everything, and everyone, has a purpose. But life can seem pretty hopeless at times if we don’t know what our purpose is. Sure, everyone seeks happiness, but what if we were to find out that our true purpose in life isn’t contingent upon our own happiness at all?
The dictionary defines purpose as “the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists.”
But God’s word defines purpose in a higher way. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) says,
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens.”
In short, that means our purpose isn’t our choice, it’s God’s. It’s got nothing to do with our parents’ purposes or our connections, or a particular industry we may think our skills fit into. Our purpose is strictly between us and God, and that makes it pretty important.
Now that we know that God has created us for a divine purpose, also know that the world will become a better place when we all know what that purpose is, then focused on making it happen. But before understanding how God will reveal His plan for our lives, we must also know that the world is going to offer all sorts of ready-made ideas for us to claim a “passion” in life – ideas which can distract us and take us down the wrong path if we’re not careful.
That part of the journey can lead us to proclaim:
- “I want to work in the ______ industry.”
- “People like me on television are doing_____, and I want to do it too.”
- “_______looks like fun!”
- “My (dad or mom) was a ______, so I’m going to be one too.”
- “_______makes me happy.”
These reasons, though, probably have nothing to do with why God created us in the first place.
BE TRANSFORMED: 8 STEPS TO FINDING YOUR PURPOSE
As Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. says, “The safest place to be is in the will of God”. To find our unique purpose in life, we’ve got to turn our own ideas inside-out in order to embrace a whole new way of thinking. So if we’re serious about taking this journey, we’ve got to let go of our own egos and desires, then:
- Ditch the world’s idea of who you should be (Romans 12:2). This is one of the most important mind-clearing steps to finding our purpose. Sometimes this is hard to do: but take a “media fast”, to spend time with God. Social media, television, music: all-distracting and soul-numbing, they each can fill the soul with a million voices – none of which are God’s. Even if you could find your purpose by watching endless hours of talent shows, catfights, musical performances, sports, news, and reality tv, God doesn’t need any of them to make His purpose for your life known to you.
- Listen to God (Isaiah 55:11). He speaks in a myriad of ways. Asking God, hearing and listening to Him, and following Him takes commitment. Fasting, praying, meditating on His Word…You have to do the work, but in the end, it’s worth it.
- Keep a journal (Jeremiah 30:2). Record your dreams and visions. Let Scripture define each task you do.
- Go back to childhood (Jeremiah 1:5). Who you were and what you did best in the earliest days of your life can show you the skills you’ll need to manifest your purpose.
- Know that you are not your parents (Exodus 20:5-6). God doesn’t want you to take your parents’ issues into your future. Everyone is created for a specific, unique reason.
- Understand it’s not about your happiness (Luke 22:42) – it’s actually about someone else’s. Finding your purpose can actually bring difficult times because sometimes your faith will be tested.
- Get off the career ladder (Colossians 1:16), because that’s society’s vision for you. You were born with gifts and skills which God wants you to use for a higher purpose.
- Listen to your elders (1 Timothy 4:14). Respected elders can see the vision for your life, and can confirm the path God wants you to follow. Read the Bible daily; follow God’s word.
THE SECRET TO YOUR PURPOSE
Jesus said in Luke 9:23,
“If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
and in John 15:13,
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
If you look at Jesus’ life, everything He did, all the miracles He performed, He did for others; for those who needed Him. That’s the secret to unlocking the miracles in your purpose: it’s all about using your gifts for the benefit of uplifting others.
What voice or idea is unique only to you? What aspects of society drive you forward and turn on a light within you? Using your God-given gifts and talents to let the world know who God is, changes the world as only you can. Following God’s call puts you on the road to manifesting miracles found only in living out His purpose for your life.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Jeremiah 1:5, 1 Timothy 4:14, Colossians 1:16, Ecclesiastes 3:1, Luke 22:42, Exodus 20:5-6, Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah 30:2, Isaiah 55:11, Romans 12:2, Luke 9:23, John 15:13.
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