If you are anything like me, you have spent many hours daydreaming, brainstorming, analyzing, and scrutinizing your so called purpose. For most of us, this comes in the form of a career, or a relationship, or even a lifestyle. We have spent so much time thinking about our interests, our passions, our likes and dislikes, our talents, and tried to determine the best plan of action for our lives, our marriages, our current condition, and our future. While I am all about self-relfection and assessment and being sensitive to let God use my unique talents and abilities, I think we forget to start at step one, and really recognize our primary purpose. On a holistic level of humanity, WHY were we created? (Who is my primary purpose?)
As I began to look into God’s word, I was so encouraged to find the plethora of assurances of God’s purpose. Below are a few key scriptures that really spoke to me in understanding this critical matter:
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
2 Corinthians 5:5 (NIV) Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Ephesians 1:11 (AMP) In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Friends, our lives are made BY God FOR God. First and foremost, that is our purpose to understand and live out. When we are born again and come under the salvation of Jesus, our purpose becomes to serve Him, to glorify Him. To live for Christ alone is the highest calling we could ever hope for and it is ours for the taking should we decide to make Him the Lord of our life, our purpose in living.
According to dictionary, Purpose is defined as the following:
- The reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
(We exist for God)
- An intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
(We exist for His plan of salvation)
- Determination; resoluteness.
- The subject in hand; the point at issue.
(We are under His mercy and grace; and praise God for that because I for one, know I am not qualified to earn my own salvation. We are His subjects, He our Father, our Master, our Plan, and our Solution).
- Practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.
As simplistic as this might seem for some of you seasoned Christians, I encourage you to really check in and assess the current condition of you heart, soul, and strength and how it related to this idea of purpose. For some of you, this may simply be a refreshing reminder that God is in control. We should loosen our grips of tension and fear of the future and let Him lead. For others, this may be a newer concept, a conviction of truly believing our lives are solely for His glory. I assure you, it is true. Explore the Word, ask God to reveal it to you in the way only He knows best. I pray He will.
In closing, I want to remind you that while we all have the same purpose in serving God, He DID make us unique for a reason. Once we grasp the truth of our primary purpose, we can freely fly in the calling in our individual lives, and make up the beautiful body of Christ.