Discovering Your Purpose
by Rhonda Jones 4/24/2008 / Self Help
When Christians talk about finding their purpose, it's usually related to a destination or circumstance to reach. For example my purpose is to become a teacher, my purpose is to own my own business, my purpose is to become a minister, etc. However, I don't believe that the following examples constitute our purpose, instead, these are callings and we may have many callings over our lifetime. Depending upon the season in your life, you may fulfill many different roles. You may be called to be a mother in your 30s, a world traveler in your 40's, and caregiver to aging parents in your 50's. These are things that you do or accomplish over your lifetime.
Unfortunately, we spend a lot of time trying to discover why we were put on this earth. We may read books or attend seminars that help us to find our true purpose. We believe that once we know our purpose we will become complete and fulfilled. But the problem with this type of thinking is that we're still looking for a future outcome to make us happy. It's really no different than seeking after happiness through relationships, money, material things, or any other tangible endeavour. The only difference is that seeking after our purpose appears to be a noble cause.
Now I'm not saying we don't have a purpose in God, we all do. It's just not what most of us think it is. The reality is that we don't have to discover our purpose because we already possess it.
Our purpose is simple, it is to be a reflection of God's love in everything we do, so that we can draw others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When the disciples asked Jesus what is the greatest commandment, Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and strength. And the second is similar to it, to love your neighbor as yourself. These two commandments fulfill the entire essence of God and his message to us. Our purpose embraces loving God by abiding with Him and becoming one with Him in spirit in truth. After that, we are to express God's love in us to others by being a reflection of the kingdom of God.
Therefore, you can start fulfilling God's purpose in your life right now, this very moment. You don't have to become something other than what you already are. Isn't that exciting? If you are a cook and you fulfill your duties loving God and loving those around you, you are fulfilling your purpose. If you are a coach and you perform your coaching duties exalting the name of Jesus in your actions, conversation, and attitude, then you are fulfilling God's purpose. If you are a secretary and the love of God is reflected in your phone conversation and greeting the public, then you are fulfilling God's purpose.
Anytime God's love flows through you to others, you are reflecting the love of God in your life. Anytime you can help a believer or non believer grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, you are doing the will of God in your life. And the great part is that you can start today.
But let me go back to the scriptures I mentioned earlier. Do you see that the first commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and strength? Before you can show God's love to others, it must be overflowing in your life. So the first step to walking in your purpose is to fall deeply in love with God. How? Through learning to abide in Christ, by reading and meditating on his word, by spending time with him in silence and solitude, by desiring it more than anything else in your life. When that begins to happen in your life, it can't help but spill over into the lives of others and you won't have to look for a purpose, you will just get into alignment with the purpose you already have. You will wake up each day with God's love, joy, and peace abiding in your heart and you will look for opportunities to share that love and be a blessing in the lives of others.
So if you really want to fulfill your purpose, fall in love with God.
Every day this week, write a love letter to God. Use your journal or notebook and spend 20-30 minutes telling God how much you love Him and how much you want to get to know Him. Tell Him how much you desire Him to become real in your life. Tell Him how you want to fulfill your purpose to love him and be a blessing to others.