I recently received a request from a dear reader to write a post on God’s purpose for your life. I was more than happy to do that. I love hearing from my readers. It brings me so much joy to know that God is using me and the words He has given me to touch the hearts of so many people. All the glory goes to Him!
Do you ever wonder about God’s purpose for your life? Do you worry about it? Are you anxious for Him to reveal that purpose to you? To be honest, I know exactly what’s going through your head and what you’re feeling. I’ve been there before too. However, thankfully, the Lord has presented His plan and purpose to us in His Word. I know it may sounds sort of cliche, but it’s true. His purpose for our life is written in His Word.
Let me ask you this. How is your prayer life? How is the spiritual health of your relationship with Jesus? Are you actively working out your faith? Are you seeking the Lord every day through prayer, reading His Word, and engaging in fellowship with others? Friend, ask yourself these important questions. If the answer is “no” or even a hesitant “eh” on either of these, perhaps that’s the answer to your “what’s my purpose?” question.
If your prayer life is lacking, your communion with God is lacking. He wants you to talk to Him and vice versa. We so often view prayer as us always talking to God, but it’s also a way to hear from the Lord as well. Sometimes prayer is simply sitting in silence before God, waiting to hear from Him.
If you aren’t spending time in the Word, then you’re not receiving spiritual food. God not only speaks to us through prayer, but also through His Word. Daily consumption of the spiritual food given to us in God’s Word is vital to the health of our relationship with the Lord.
The Book of James talks about being a doer of the word and not a hearer only. It’s great to ready the Bible everyday, but if you’re not acting it out, then your faith is dead. “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:14-26)
If you’re not fellowshipping with fellow believers, then you’re missing out on the encouragement and joy and that comes from communion with other, like-minded people. God created us with the need and desire for relationships. Seek out those grounded friendships; God will give them to you.
So, want to figure out God’s purpose for your life? Ask yourself these questions. Evaluate your spiritual life. Ask the Lord to search your heart.
God’s ultimate purpose for all of mankind is to know Him and to make Him known. He desires that we all live to serve Him, and to serve Him and love Him wholeheartedly.
Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
So whatever you do, do it for the Lord. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing necessarily; do it for the glory of Jesus!
Now, that is the general purpose God has ordained for those who love Him. It is a good thing to always keep in mind throughout the day, in whatever you’re doing. However, what about specific purposes God has ordained for each of us? Whether it involves our talents, callings, passions that lead to future jobs, college, dating/marriage, etc., God has a plan and purpose for each of us.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Furthermore Matthew 7:7-8 reads:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Whenever I ponder this sort of question, I think back to last semester in Bible College when both my Isaiah and Joshua teachers addressed it and shared their thoughts on the subject. They encouraged us students to ask, seek, and knock. You can’t just sit around wondering what God’s purpose is for your life. You need to constantly be in action. Ask the Lord, seek Him day and night, knock on doors. “Try the handles” as my Isaiah teacher exhorted us to do. God will open the doors that He sees fit to open. God is sovereign, but that does not, in any way, diminish our freedom to exercise our free will.
Ultimately, God has a beautiful plan for your life. You just need to be active. Don’t be a lazy Christian.
Ask. Pray. Seek. Knock. Ask. Pray. Seek. Knock. Repeat.
Multiple times, if necessary. 🙂
s a r a h g r a c e.