You Have A Purpose
“For in Him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through Him, and unto Him” (Colossians 1:16).
For some time now, the topic; “purpose” has been at the forefront of my mind and I’ve always managed to push it back, but not anymore. A lot of people want to know why they were created. To figure that out, we must begin with God because everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. I used to think that the way to figure out your purpose is to think about what you’re good at, what you want to do with it, where you want to be in life etc. However, through revelation, I’ve come to understand that I cannot tell myself what I was created for because I didn’t create myself. Think about it this way: if someone gives you a prototype of a device you’ve never seen before, you can’t decipher the purpose of that device neither can the device tell you what it’s made for. Only the person who made it can. You and I were made by God and for God – so, until we understand that, life will never make sense.
To discover our purpose in life, we need to ask God and we need to turn to His Word. It’s in reading the Word of God that you’re exposed to eternal truths like what 2 Corinthians 5:20 tells us. Life on earth is a temporary assignment and so chasing after wealth, fancy cars or expensive holidays is foolish. Even though Ecclesiastes 10:19 says that money is the answer for everything, our purpose should not be about “having it all” on earth but about becoming citizens of heaven and bringing as many people as we can with us. It is a deadly mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is material prosperity. We were created for more so no matter how faithful you are to Him, you’re not guaranteed success in career or even in ministry. There is a higher purpose so never focus on temporary crowns (2 Corinthians 4:18). We were created for many things, the ultimate of which, is to show the glory of God; to make Him famous; to make Him known. What is God’s glory? God’s glory is the expression of His goodness, the demonstration of His power and the atmosphere of His presence. Our purpose as sons and daughters of God is to show His glory and to bring glory to Him. We do that by:
- Worshipping Him – you and I were planned for God’s pleasure (Psalms 147:11). Worship is anything you do that brings pleasure to God so it is more than music or dance which a lot of us assume worship to be. Worship involves fellowship and relationship (Hosea 6:6). A life of worship means you trust God completely (Hebrews 11:6). To worship God whole-heartedly, you must also obey every Word He gives, give thanks (Psalms 69:30-31) and use the gifts He deposited in you.
- Loving other believers – we were created in the image of God; to be a part of His family; to be His children. So, other believers are our brothers and sisters and we are to love them as Christ loved us (Ephesians 5:2). The entirety of the Bible, if you read it carefully, is about God building a family. A family that will love Him, honour Him and reign with Him forever, none of which would happen if love does not exist between His children. 1 John 4:8 tells us that if you don’t love, you don’t know God because God is love.
- Becoming like Christ – have you ever noticed yourself becoming like the people you associate with? Their values become yours? Their thought processes become yours as well? It’s the same when you receive the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14). We were created to become like Christ. This happens when we study and apply His Word, connect regularly with other believers and trust and obey God in every situation we find ourselves.
- Serving others with our gifts – you and I were created to glorify God by serving those around us (Romans 12:5). God wants to use you to make a difference in the world. He wants to work through you. If you read through the Bible, you’ll see that God qualified a bunch of misfits and used each of them in His service. Abraham for example was old, Moses stammered, David was an adulterer and murderer, Jonah was disobedient, Peter was hot-tempered and Esther was violated by King Xerxes before she became his queen. So, you don’t have any excuse.
- Your gifts are not given for your benefit but for the edification of others. An unopened gift is worthless. You’re not living a purpose-driven life if your voice can heal a broken heart but you’re sat at the back of the Church waiting to drop your offering and go home. I can boldly say that it feels good to do what God made you to do. It feels good to encourage people and remind them of who they are in Christ. It feels good to correct the wrong notions that people hold about God and the Church. It feels good to explain God’s Word to people. So keep developing your gift(s) and don’t compare yourself with other servants. After all, we’re on the same team and all working towards making God look good.
- Telling others about Him – Our purpose here on earth is also to continue Jesus’ mission on earth. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) is our purpose. Our purpose is to share our testimonies, life lessons, Godly passions and the Good News. A purpose-driven life is about sharing what you know with others which is what I’m doing right now!
Living with purpose is the only way to really live. You can start living a life of purpose today by showing God’s glory. Let’s make Him known to the whole world.
Here’s a song for you:
Make Jesus Famous – By Folabi Nuel