Do you ever wonder … What if I’m missing God’s call on my life? How can I know His purpose for me?
If you find yourself facing these questions today, there’s no better time for answers … not from my perspective, but from God’s perspective. He created each of us individually with a specific, personal, and unique plan for our lives. Consider these five truths from God’s Word about your purpose:
“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God calls you to a purpose – to do good works – tailor-made just for you. He gives you all you need to accomplish your purpose.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
God doesn’t play games with your life. He wants you to reach your full potential, and He provides the means for you to discover how – His guidance in His Word.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God will give you peace as you humbly ask for direction and thank Him for all you’ve learned through the good and bad times.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
We all have different talents and abilities. As you yield your spiritual gifts to God, He will faithfully use them to accomplish His purpose for you.
“The wise listen to advice.”
God has placed specific people in your life to serve as wise guides, advisers, and encouragers. Tap their reservoir of counsel and guidance.
4 Steps to Finding Your Purpose in Life
If you are unclear about God’s specific purpose for your life, spend time in prayer, asking Him to reveal His plans for you. Write your answers to these questions:
- What is your passion?
- What has brought you great joy in your work?
- How could you best serve others by fully using your God-given gifts, talents, and skills?
As you pray, these additional steps will help you identify your specific God-given purpose:
Step #1: Evaluate
Evaluate which situations have brought you success or failure, excitement or boredom, fruitfulness or frustration. God uses all our experiences, whether positive or negative, to steer us in the right direction.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
Step #2: Obey
Look for doors of opportunity to obey God, even in the small things. Do what He has called you to do today.
“The one who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much.”
(Luke 16:10 NASB)
Step #3: Wait
Wait for God’s timing. Typically, we want our marching orders now. But sometimes God is grooming us for better things that are not yet in place. So He tells us to wait patiently and serve Him faithfully where we are currently.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Step #4: Set Goals
Define the essential goals that will help you achieve your purposes. These goals should be:
- Specific and reachable
- Not dependent on others for success
- Designed with deadlines for completion
- In line with God’s will
“So we make it our goal to please him.”
(2 Corinthians 5:9)
God’s Promise to You
As you seek to fulfill your God-given purpose, remember: You’re not alone. God is with you. The Bible says, “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever” (Psalm 138:8 ESV).
No one who has ever lived, or is living now, or will ever live … can accomplish your unique purpose. This is something only you can do – something only God can do through you. The Lord promises …
“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:24)
Yours in the Lord’s hope,
Adapted from: June Hunt, Hope for Your Heart: Finding Strength in Life’s Storms. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011, 171–172.
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