How to Find and Fulfil Your God-Given Purpose
What is Your Purpose in Life?
Have you stopped lately to consider what the true purpose for your life is? Only as you understand and embrace your life’s purpose, you become the best you can be. Then you will have the greatest positive impact on the people in your sphere of influence.
When you know your purpose, it gives meaning to your life every day. John Maxwell, international leadership coach, explains that you find yourself when you discover your purpose. On the other hand, he points out that based on Mark 8:34, you lose yourselves when your purpose becomes bigger than yourselves.
In seeking to find and achieve your God-given purpose, consider the need not just to dedicate yourself to what will give the greatest fulfilment in your life, but also to something that is greater than yourself. Of course, the greatest course is to understand and follow God's plan for your life and this is anchored in The Cross: Jesus' Divine Exchange.
Of course, this decision will take courage and dedication, and you also need a road-map to guide on your way. So take this seven-step journey that could help you to align your life to the great plan God has for you.
John Maxwell Speaks on Finding Your Purpose
Step 1: Be Determined to Find God's Purpose for Your Life
God has the purpose for your life and the roadmap to reach it. In fact, the plan that God has for your life is greater than you can ever imagine! You would want to pursue it because you want all that your loving Father has in store for you.
In his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren explains that knowing our purpose gives meaning to our lives. He points out that each of us was made to have a life of meaning, and with this meaning comes significance and hope.
Begin by asking God to show you his plan for your life. You might not get the whole picture of what he has for you at one time. It is far too big! But as you open your heart, little by little he will unfold it to you. Then, as you move forward, ask God to guide your steps. These instructions from King Solomon are very insightful and helpful:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight" (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
Do you really want to achieve purpose beyond yourself? Then seek it with all your heart, as Jeremiah 29:13 instructs. Yes, God has a good plan for your life, but to experience and achieve it, you need to cooperate with him. Don't settle for less than what he has for you, go for greatness! This is not about becoming famous, it's life with meaning that touches the lives of others.
Focus Verse: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
Focus Activity: Spend some time and prayerfully consider your present stage of life (teenage, young adult, mid- adult, and so on). Then write down what you believe God wants you to move purposely into.
Prayer: "Father God, thank you that you have a good plan for my life. Today, I ask you to me open my eyes to see it. I trust you to guide me every step of the way. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen."
Step 2: Pursue a Life of Meaning
A thousand things thoughts might be flashing through your mind regarding what you want for your life. However, you can achieve the highest degree of meaning in your life only by embracing God's purpose for your life.
Questions you might be asking yourself could include:
Why am I here?
What is the meaning of my life?
God wants you to find answers to these questions through your walk of faith and as your relationship with him grows. He fully intends you to experience true meaning in your life. Experiencing life's meaning begins with:
- Deep understanding of God's love
- Knowing who you are in Christ, and
- Profound awareness of the amazing legacy you have in Christ
Finding and pursuing your purpose is a lifelong journey. Continue to place your trust in God, seek after his will for your life with all your heart, and allow his divine wisdom to guide you as you move forward.
Focus Verse: "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19: 21, NIV).
Focus Activity: Take some time to prayerfully write down what a life with meaning looks like for you. This could serve as a guide as you move forward in God’s purpose,
Prayer: "Father God, thank that you have already set things in motion for me to experience a meaningful life. Father, I ask you today to show me what this means for my life. I open my heart to receive your fresh revelation. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen."
Song: A Purpose Driven Life
Purposeful Living Poll
What is most important factor for you to live a purposeful life?
Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you.— Rick Warren - Purpose Driven Life
Step 3: Cultivate a Wise and Discerning Heart
King Solomon, at the start of his reign as king, knew he needed God's wisdom to effectively lead his people. Note that he points out specifically what he needed and why. You too need to ask God for a discerning heart to find and pursue your purpose,
As you set your heart towards God and delight yourself in him, he will give you the wisdom you need to chart the course. Obstacles that seem insurmountable will yield because you receive divine insight from your heavenly Father.
What is it that you are passionate about?
Know that God is thinking about you, and he has great plans for you! As you set your heart towards God, you will find that the desires you have become more and more in line with his plan for your life. Then you can identify your passions and pursue them.
According to John Maxwell, your passion is often linked with your purpose. Furthermore, your passion sets you apart from the crowd and distinguishes you. When your steps are ordered by God, it is he who gives you these desires.
Focus Verse: "So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9, NIV).
Focus Activity: List the steps you need to take to cultivate a wise and discerning heart as you move forward in your God-given purpose.
Prayer: "Father God, I ask you for a wise and discerning heart to understand my purpose, to walk it, and to make the most of the opportunities that you give me. Thank you Lord for your divine favor on my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen."
Step 4: Walk in Faith in God's Promises
Pursuing your purpose requires faith in God. This means knowing his promises that you can appropriate them for your life and the situations you face. You can NEVER fulfil your God-given purpose in your own strength or based only on your natural gifts and abilities.
To achieve God's purpose you need to stay connected to him. This connection comes through your fellowship with him. You can only experience true relationship based on your trust in your heavenly Father.
It is your faith that pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). This means taking God at his Word in every situation. As you seek fulfil you purpose, there will be roadblocks, which needs your continued perseverance based on the Word of God.
Unless you walk by faith you might find that dreams that God places in your heart could be aborted. Consider that many of the Israelites died in the wilderness when it was God's plan that they reach the Promised Land. Many did not come into their inheritance because of their unbelief (Read Numbers 13, 14).
You become a part of the body of Christ through faith, continue to have faith in God, and watch his wonderful purpose unravel in your life. Take him at his Word in every situation in your life, for you walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Focus Verse: "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:24, NIV).
Focus Question: How might spending more time meditating on God's Word facilitate your achieving God's purpose for your life?
Prayer: "Father God, I thank you that I can trust my life and future in your hands. Help me to keep my heart and focus on your Word, and walk by faith and not by sight. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen."
Step 5: Practice a Life of Obedience
Walking by faith involves believing and responding to God's Word. So obedience must flow from your walk of faith. Set your heart to respond to God, make the right choices, and obey his instructions
It is very important to have a deep sense in your heart of obedience to God as a response to his generous love. Your obedience should be more than a duty or a reaction to feelings of guilt and shame.
God also gives you the ability to choose rightly through the power Holy Spirit. So you must be sensitive to the directions of the Holy Spirit in everything you do. It is through obedience that you can make wise decisions and "live purposefully and worthily and accurately."
Focus Verse: "Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil (Ephesians 5: 15, 16. AMP).
Focus Activity: Take time to reflect on areas of your life where you might not have obedient to God's Word. Consider what could be the underlying reason(s) for your disobedience. What steps will you take to walk in obedience to God?
Prayer: "Father God, thank that you called me to walk in obedience to your Word because you want the best for my life. By your Holy Spirit give me the courage to submit to your will for my life, and walk in obedience. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen."
Step 6: Experience God's Kind of Love
An important thread throughout these steps is the need to understand and continually receive the awesome love of God. Only then can your life be truly purposeful. As God lavishes you with his love you find acceptance, significance, and security.
This is not based on your performance but solely on God's love and grace. As you embrace God’s kind of love in your own life, you then act as a conduit to pass on the love that God freely gives you.
A life of influence comes through an overflow of God's love in the lives of the people in your sphere of influence. So you serve others with a passion that flows from a heart of love.
You might say, "I really don't feel loving." But this love is more than feelings; it is poured into your heart by the Holy Spirit. So take some time to stir up what is in you. As a believer, you have God's love nature, but you need to cultivate it.
Focus Verse: "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:10, 11, NIV)
Focus Activity: For the next 21 days prayerfully read and meditate on 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 from the Amplified Version.
Prayer: “Father God, thank you that you generously lavished me with your love. Empower me to freely pass on that love to others. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.”
Encouragement for Your Purpose Journey
Know God's Great Plan
Understand Your Identity
Fulfil Your Mission
God's plan for your life is good (Jeremiah 29:11).
You are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
Seek God's purpose with all your heart (Jeremiah 29: 13)
God's plan will succeed (Proverbs 19:21)
You have a rich heritage (Ephesians i:18)
Choose to bear fruits (John 15:6)
God loves you and empowers you to love (1 John 4: 10, 11)
You are more than a conqueror in Christ (Romans 8:37)
.Choose to obey and follow God's will (Joshua 24:15)
Go will give you a wise and discerning heart (1 Kings 3:12)
You have power, love and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
Receive God's grace and mercy in times of need (Hebrews 4:16).
God will complete the good work he started in you (Philippians 1:6)
You are God's coworker (1 Corinthians 6:1
Courageously persevere and you will be rewarded (Hebrews 10:35)
No matter what the situation is, God will never leave you (Deuteronomy 31:6).
You can do all things through Christ's strength (Philippians 4:13).
Fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
T. D Jakes: How to Find the Courage to Follow Your Purpose
Step 7: Find Strength and Courage
Throughout your purpose journey, there will be resistance. For the devil takes no pleasure in your pursuing and achieving your God-given purpose. So your commitment to God's plan for your life must be under-girded by your faith in him.
The verses are encouraging you to stand firm when you face adversity, and don't don't lose your confidence. Is this just confidence in yourself? No, it is confidence in God, who choose you for a specific purpose, and who empowered you through the Holy Spirit to achieve it.
God started the good work through you, and he will be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6). It is not about your strength and abilities, but about God's power that is at work you. God is able to do exceedingly great things, and he is doing them through you (Ephesians 3:20).
Joshua stood firm and found courage at a difficult time when was about to assume leadership of the Israelite. As you continue on your journey to achieve your God-given purpose, receive by faith the same encouragement that God gave to Joshua:
"“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go." (Joshua 1:7).
Focus Verse: "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised" (Hebrews 10:35, 36, NIV).
Focus Questions: What is it that is distracting you, or preventing you from moving forward in your God-given purpose? Reflect on the words of encouragement, then allow the Holy Spirit to show you how God can move you into the place he wants you to be.
Prayer: "Father God, thank you than no matter how difficult the journey becomes, you are my present help. So I take courage in knowing that you are faithful to you promises, and you will see me victoriously to the end. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen."
Benjamin Harvey Speaks on Living on Purpose
In the video above, Benjamin Harvey shares that to be live on purpose takes courage clarity, and commitment He outlines a three-step process of meaning, mission and message.
The seven steps discussed in this hub are to help you on your journey to experiencing a purposeful life. Critical to this journey is your life as a disciple, reflecting love, and all the other fruit of the Spirit.
My prayer is that you will continue to allow God to lead you as you press forward in your purpose. He knows the way. So listen to God's voice saying, "This is the way, walk in it (Isaiah 30:21).
You could my thirty-one day devotional, Embracing Your Purpose: A Thirty Day Devotional to Change Your Life," helpful as you pursue your purpose.
Questions & Answers
I am forty-six-years-old, and I have discovered God's purpose for my life. I have spent sixteen years trying to enter it, yet all efforts appear hopeless. What should I do at this point? I am aging and my children are growing up. I am being faced with increase responsibilities should I take an alternative?
God has a purpose for the life of every human and the Bible explains in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you ... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future" (NIV).
God's plan for our lives is good, but we will face challenges as we walk out his purpose. It is important to understand that we cannot walk out God's purpose for our lives in our strength.
You explained that you have been trying to walk in God's purpose for your life, but your efforts appear to be hopeless. You can only fulfill your God-given purpose to be dependent on him. He is the one who has the plan, and he knows exactly how you can achieve his purpose.
Commit all the areas of your life to God. Ask him for direction and help in everything you do. Then trust him, he wants to empower you with all you need to fulfill your purpose. Do not lean on your strength or understanding but draw from God's strength every step of the way.
God has a special plan for every season of our lives. Ask him to show you what he wants you to do in this season, trust him to enable you to walk in his purpose and experience the satisfaction that he gives.Helpful 9
I tried all I could under God to get sponsorship to a school enable me to pursue God's purpose for my life. I have not been successful. What should I do?
God has a plan for our lives. It does not matter what season we are in, that is, whether we are young or old. However, many times there are roadblocks to our purpose, but we should never give up. We must trust God and believe that where there is his purpose, he also provides.
You explained that you have been unsuccessful in gaining the sponsorship you need, but God could have another way to meet your needs. Spend some time in prayer and ask him to give you the direction you need to move forward. He will ease your anxiety and show you the way. He has an interest in all of us, including you, to fulfill our purpose.Helpful 5
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