We can get so busy living our everyday lives without knowing or realizing our purpose. It is sad to think that many people are living without knowing or realizing their purpose. They simply do not know that God breathes purpose into every living thing and has breathed purpose into you and me.
So how do you find your purpose?
Don’t confuse plans with purpose. The definition of purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. The definition of plan is a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something. An intention or decision about what one is going to do.
We all have plans for our lives, someday I will do this or that. That is not your purpose, those are your plans, but all our plans are meaningless if we do not understand our purpose! God first puts a sense of purpose into our hearts. We might not know what the plan is, but He will use our lives, our natural gifts, our sense of purpose, to help move us into His plan. If we knew the plan in advance we might run away. In the Bible God gave Joseph a clear purpose, he knew through dreams that he was to be a leader but did not know how to get to that point, he would face rape allegations, prison and isolation. If God had revealed the plan up front he might of run in the opposite direction but through all of those trials God was shaping (preparing) making him ready for the plan of leadership.
It is not about you!
When God starts to reveal His plan for your life, realise His plan is not about you at all, it is about Him using you to reach others. God wants to take your passion, your gifts, your finances and your sense of purpose and use them all to bring about His plan in your life but also help to release that in others’ lives. So many people in the Bible were used by God to bring about change for others. Mary was handpicked to deliver a Messiah who would save the world. Paul was given the task of leaving everything behind to carry the message of salvation across the middle east. They were not ‘special people’, they simply knew they had a purpose and allowed God to use them and their gifts to bring about His plan.
Can I encourage you today that you have a purpose, we each have a job to do. If you do not feel you do ask God to plant His sense of purpose into your life. He might not show you what is ahead but when you know deep down you have a heavenly purpose it changes your life. So, let’s work together as a church to fulfill everything God has called us to do and be!