Finding Your Purpose
Since the beginning of creation, people have been pondering with this question, “What is my purpose?” And, some people have even asked, “Why am I here?” As Christians we should not have to ask that question but we all ask God about our purpose, at some point in our lives and that’s fine. When it comes to asking God about our purpose, one might need some clarity and guidance. When I want to be certain if I am on the right path, I ask God for clarification, signs, dreams, and for a strong desire to be placed on my heart. To continue, I know that God puts the desire on our hearts and He gives us the desires of our hearts.
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV
As I mentioned in previous post, I am passionate about helping others and I don’t mind being a listening ear and/or buying groceries for someone who is in need. And, I tell people all the time God made me to be a cheerful giver and I enjoy being a blessing to others. God knows our hearts and our desire to give to others comes from the Lord (Philippians 2:13). In addition, “each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV). For some time, I have always had a desire on my heart to be a social change leader but I didn’t know how I was going to do this while working for an employer. Throughout the years, this desire has remained on my heart and it began in 2003. While this desire was on my heart, I continued to assist friends, family, and co-workers with the right resources and information that they needed. When I started to look into obtaining a certificate in Christian Counseling or degree in the Social Work field, that’s when so many other things came up to distract me. Of course, those distractions and darts were sent by the enemy himself. That is why it’s important to put on the full armor of God daily. Even tough the devil sets up traps to try and stop God’s plan for our lives—it never prevails.
Looking back on things, I can honestly say what you go through, prepares you for God’s divine purpose. Years later, I am back in the great state of Oklahoma and that desire of being an advocate for hurting and disadvantaged people is still present. After seeking guidance from the Lord, by asking for signs, dreams, and for a strong desire to be placed on my heart—His purpose for me grew much stronger in the area of social work. While running errands, I have been approached by people who find it easy to discuss their needs and/or problems with me. Honestly, I am used to that happening; however, it started to become an everyday thing. Then, one day I had a strong desire on my heart to go back to school an obtain a degree in Social Work and become a certified Christian Counselor. Needless to say, I have been enjoying the social work program and gaining more knowledge in Christian Counseling thus far.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT)
God’s Plan Is The Best Plan
Furthermore, in the beginning the Bible tells us that God made man to inhabit the world He had created, fellowship with Him, and tend to the earth. In the book of Genesis 1:27-28 states “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Moreover, in Jeremiah 29:11 God said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV. Here we find that it is not our plans but God’s plan. Why would we not want what God has for us. His plans are the Best Plans.
When we go out here in this world and try to plan things without God’s guidance it doesn’t go well. For one, we end up in a mess and in worse case scenario harmed by it. Moreover, one can be certain that the failed plan was not God’s desire. He plans to prosper us and not to harm us. When we want what He has for us and surrender to God’s will for our lives—it goes smoothly for us. To continue, this means that we should follow and obey His Word.
Furthermore, we were created to do what pleases our Heavenly Father. Philippians 2:13. If you are unsure about His plan, seek Him first and He will guide you. “The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” Psalm 32:8 NLT. Lastly, we all have spiritual gifts and we are to use those gifts to advance the Kingdom of God. Knowing what your spiritual gifts are could help one efficiently serve others in Christ Jesus.
With that being said, “together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of his body. First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But he also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages” 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 (CEV). And, our number one calling is to win souls for Christ Jesus and share the good news about our Lord and Savior. “So we are messengers for Christ. God is using us to call people. So we are standing here for Christ and begging people, `Come back to God!’ Christ did no wrong thing. But for our sake God put the blame for our wrong ways on Christ. So now God sees us as good, because we are in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (WE)
Furthermore, Jesus ushers in a new Covenant with man. Whereas, He and Paul make it plain that God does not only have a plan for His Chosen people but for all of mankind, that none should perish and that all should be saved to worship and serve Him. To continue, “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9-9. When it comes to our purpose as Christians, it is the same as Jesus’s purpose, to do the will of our Father in heaven. Moreover, Jesus said “for I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me” John 6:38. To continue, God has called us to spread the good news of the Gospel of Christ Jesus and to be a light in this dark world. “The Scriptures say, God commanded light to shine in the dark. Now God is shining in our hearts to let you know that His glory is seen in Jesus Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:6 CEV
Therefore, we are God’s ambassadors, and His body here on earth. (2 Corinthians 5:20-21) In addition, we are to be led not by our own ambitions but by the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth, not leaning on or own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) And, those who are concerned about what their personal ministries are—have probably walked right by many opportunities to minister to others. Due to the fact that they were looking for their own vision of ministry. There are no ministries to small; whether it be an usher, greeter, entrepreneur, pastor, teacher, employee, gardener, homemaker, and/or feeding the homeless—it’s a huge ordeal. With that being said, we are to emulate Jesus and be a servant leader within any field. Please open your spiritual eyes and let the spirit of God lead you and your purpose for that moment will be revealed.
In conclusion, do not be concerned about what your purpose is, trust God, do His will, and be open to opportunity. And, ask Him for clarification, signs, dreams, and to place strong desires on your heart to fulfill His purpose through you. Lastly, our purpose is to do what pleases our Heavenly Father. When we draw closer to God, He draws closer to us. Be blessed & encouraged everyone, In Jesus Name, Amen.
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