Notice the following principles about purpose…
- We were created in the image of God with a great purpose to fulfill. (Genesis 1:26-28)
- We are wonderfully made! (Psalms 139:13-18)
- We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
- God usedAbraham, a pagan from Mesopotamia because He saw a way to bless the world through him. Genesis 12:2-3 “…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
- God used Moses, a fearful stuttering failure, because He saw a deliverer. Exodus 3:7-10 “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
- God used David, a willing shepherd boy, because He saw one of the world’s greatest kings. Psalm 78:70-71 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.
- God used Gideon, a cowering thresher of wheat, and called him a mighty man of courage and a great deliverer for God’s people. Judges 6:14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
- Adam in Genesis 1:28 Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.
- Israel in Exodus 19:3-6 … you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
- Joseph in Genesis 37:1-11, 50:19-21 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
- Joshua in Joshua 1:1-9 Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.
- Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:4-5 … before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
- Paul in Acts 9:15-16 This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings…
- Peter and three of the disciples in Matthew 4:18-22 …Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
- WHO has God created me to be? This is understanding your passion, spiritual gifts, personal style of ministry and strengths.
- What do I want to BE? This is expressed through your strengths, weaknesses and qualities you want to develop.
- What do I want to DO? These are the significant contributions you want to make in your life, the world and the Kingdom of God. It defines the legacy you want to leave.
The first step is prayer. Ask God to reveal your purpose in life.
Study the lives of Bible characters and see how God revealed His purpose for them, how their lives changed and the result of their obedience.
Take time to discover your passion, Spiritual Gifts, personal style of ministry (temperament) and your strengths and begin to be involved in the Body of Christ, guided by who God created you to be.
Seek wise and honest counsel. Others can see things in you that you may not be able to see.
Make it specifically yours, not generic in nature. Adjust as necessary.
Don’t aim for perfection. It will go through changes and be refined as time goes on.
The shorter the better.
Set achievable goals and launch out into fruitful activity!