Purpose is described as the reason for which something is done or created. Yet many people, including some Christians, find themselves asking “Do I have a purpose?” or “What is my purpose?” When we understand how God sees us, we discover that we have an important purpose.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
– Ephesians 2:10
- Realize your value – “For we are God’s handiwork” means that you were created by the Most High being. You are special to Him.
- Know your role – “…created in Christ Jesus to do good works…” means you have rights and responsibilities. You belong to Him.
- Recognize your ability and opportunities – “…which God prepared in advance for us to do.” means you have a mission and you are empowered to do it. You matter to Him.
When we align our heart and mind with God, we are able to define our purpose. Communicate with God – pray and listen. Seek solitude to hear God’s voice. In the scripture, there are examples of Jesus going off to be alone and pray. Read God’s word, the Bible, in order to recognize His voice. Above all, make sure that your purpose glorifies God – not man. As Isaiah 43:7 says that we were created for His glory.
Do you want more? For further study, I recommend reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and Discover Who You Are from Lifekeys by Jane Kise, David Stark, and Sandra Hirsh. The Purpose Driven Life focuses on how God has designed us to serve. It uses SHAPE, an acronym that stands for spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences. Discover Who You Are delves into life gifts, spiritual gifts, personality types, values, passions, life choices, and service. It outlines how to apply these to service opportunities, career direction, and retirement. Both books are really great. They have assessments to help you determine where you are in each area. I pray that you are lead by God to fulfill your unique purpose as part of His divine plan.