Discover Your Purpose
Most human beings live and die without discovering their purpose because they do not have a personal relationship with the God who assigns purpose. Discovering your purpose requires devoted commitment to fulfilling God’s purposes.
Jesus came to earth to serve (Mark 10:45). He did good to others. He said, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?" (John 10:32, NIV). Likewise, your purpose is to do good works. Doing “any good work” is equated with having a special purpose. “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” (2 Timothy 2:20-21, NIV).
John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” That is your general purpose! That is a practical way to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39).
Like Jesus, your purpose is to love and serve God and others. God prepares the way for you to do that. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13, NIV). So, how do you discover the fine-tuned version of that good purpose for you? God has equipped you to serve Him and others in a unique way. Discovering it is a process. Let me suggest some practical questions to ask yourself to help you find your unique purpose.
· Passion – What do I want to do for God? What are my spiritual urges?
· Umbrella – How does my purpose fulfill God’s purposes?
· Resources – How can I best use my time, talents, finances, and energy to serve God and others?
· Personality – Why did God give me the personality I have? How can I use the characteristics and qualities He gave me most effectively?
· Opportunities – What divine opportunities is God giving me to serve others today? How can I make the most of them?
· Skills – What can I do well? How can I use my skills to best serve God and others?
· Education – How can God use my education to serve Him and others?
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