The way to know if God has a purpose for your life is with this test: see if your heart is still beating. So long as your heart beats, He has a purpose for you. He knew you before you, and He knows you right now. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5).
Perhaps you know God’s purpose for you. Oh, what a blessed thing that is! To wake up each morning and know you are walking in the purposes that God has for you. It matters not what you do, so long as God has stamped “approved” upon it.
In however we serve the Lord, whether by position or provision, there is a higher purpose. It is never to present the charity of man, but the grace of God.
Whatever you do in the Spirit is from God. “…Paul purposed in the Spirit…” (Acts 19:21).
Perhaps you do not yet know His purpose for you. Be patient as it is as we wait that He is preparing us for our purpose. Be obedient in the small things, and He will give you the greater. Be obedient to whatever and whomever He puts in front of you, and you will be living in the purposes of God.
Everything has a meaning, and all things have a purpose.
Your willingness is the rudder by which God can turn your life towards the purposes of heaven. “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose” (Psalm 20:4).
Never worry about where the Lord has you, but only in doing all He has purposed for you to do there.
I used to imagine I could do something great for the kingdom. That was my flesh trying to gain ground and ruin my calling. The greatest thing we can do is to serve Him in obscurity, to be nothing before men, that He would get all the glory.
Kingdom life is about purpose, not position. Jesus taught, “…If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35).
There are some things we can never be wrong in while we are seeking our purpose for God: praying for others, serving others, listening to others, helping others, giving to others, and most of all just loving others.
Living in God’s purposes is a present activity. You are who you are in the present. You don’t need a title to live out your purpose. A Pastor pastors. A teacher teaches. A healer heals. A singer sings. A mother mothers. A comforter comforts. An intercessor intercedes. What are you doing?
Even in your suffering, God has a purpose. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
You cannot understand eternal purposes on temporary grounds. “according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:11).
The test if a purpose is from God is if it is selfless. So long as you are doing something to your own glory, it cannot be to His. The purposes of heaven are never willing to work alongside with the pride of man. Let it be to His glory or sit down.
The best way to find your purpose is to let God show you. Ask Him to show you. But be ready to do what He tells you. I remember He told me to go serve in prisons. Was He kidding? No. I did as He told me, this shy loner who could not speak and knew so little, and He blessed me in my inabilities.
It is not the strong that will live out God’s purposes, but the weak in whom the Lord can prevail.
Your purpose is not in what you can do, but what Christ can do through you. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Your purpose is not by your imagination, but by His. Your purpose is always about Him, not yourself. You will never find your purpose so long as you think it will serve yourself. You are here to serve Him. You are here to serve others.
We have to walk in something to be something. Don’t wait for the title, live the title. Don’t wait to be noticed by men, just serve before God. One of the greatest hindrances to living our purpose is thinking we are not able. Friend, if it is a purpose from God, He will supply all that you need.
The best orchestra has a diversity of instruments with a unity of purpose. “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
Don’t try to be like everyone else, and just be who God has purposed you to be. “…as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk” (1 Corinthians 7:17).
Blessings to you,
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