Ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Perhaps it is a question that keeps you up at night!
I know I have pondered over that multiple times myself, and as a student of Philosophy, I’m surrounded by people who wonder the same. If that wasn’t enough, I read and study about the works of people who, over time, have encountered the same conundrum. The answer to this big mystery is merely in the journey of life.
For some, the thought of finding answers to this big question might be as difficult one as facing one of their biggest fears, and for the others, as easy as breathing. Purpose, makes you wonder what the reason behind your existence is – why do you do what you do? Is it what you’re meant to do? Is what you are doing fulfilling your purpose?
Some know the answer, while some others are still figuring it out. Whether you know the answer or not, take a moment to reflect on the words from the Bible.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”Jeremiah 1:5
So we have a God who, before our existence, formed us, made a divine plan for us, called us out, allowed us to discover Him and form a relationship with Him, only for us to go ahead and fulfill His divine purpose for us. Yes, God has called you for His purpose. Calling and purpose have a deep connection. The Bible, in the gospel according to Matthew says, “For many are called..” (Matthew 22:14). At the start of this post, you would have noticed Proverbs 16:4, which talks about purpose. Here we see a distinction between calling and purpose. For example, you maybe called to help drive a sick person to the hospital, but your purpose isn’t to make them well again. You may be called to pray for someone, but your purpose isn’t to fight their battles. Right now, you are called to stay at home, but your purpose isn’t to be a couch potato – it’s something greater. Calling is an act of recognition, a tool/medium, that leads to the discovery of purpose, aka your goal.
But we know one thing, “But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.“(Exodus 9:16)
Everyone’s purpose is different. Some may have more than one purpose. People’s calling maybe the same but their purpose maybe different. Perhaps you are stuck wondering if your calling is your purpose, or what “this purpose” even is. Take this time to retrospect and understand where you are, before you ask what your purpose is.
When you draw your attention to your Bible, you will see how it is filled with examples of people with purpose. Let’s have a quick look at a few: Abram was called out by God to become Abraham, but his purpose was to become a father of faith. Jonah was called by God to deliver His message to Ninevah. But his purpose was to be a prophet – the holy messenger of God. David was called out when he was shepherd, but his purpose was to be the king. Mary was called to be the mother of God, but her purpose was to become the mother of all mankind. Peter was called by Jesus to be a fisher of men, but his purpose was something greater – to be the rock of God’s church. In all these instances, these men were called on by God; recognised, chosen and set apart by Him, for Him. Their purpose was greater than their calling. His purpose for you is also greater than your calling. I encourage now, to take time and ask your Maker what His purpose for your life is. You’ll be surprised to see what’s in store!
David was a man after God’s heart. He sinned but never gave up on going after God’s heart. He urged God not to take His spirit from Him. He longed for God and fulfilled His purpose. Book of Acts says, “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption“. Like him, and many other before him, you are recognised, chosen and set apart. Your purpose is found in Christ and fulfilled in Christ through the grace you receive. The book of Revelations says, “for God has put it [this desire] into their [the faithful] hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind… until the words of God are fulfilled.” (Revelations 17:17). His purpose for you is always greater than your calling. You may be called to do something for the Lord, but your one purpose is to be His messenger of peace, love and hope.
“.. so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”Isaiah 55:11
You know what they say, you can run and you can hide, but you cannot escape God’s purpose for your life. You were made and placed in your circumstance for a reason. You have lived through every experience of your life for a reason.
You are called out to live your purpose everyday.
Are you listening?