This is the first of a 4 part series
I find this word “purpose” to be so definitive. It’s like when you decide on it that’s it, no changing. But, at the same time it’s seems so elusive. Something that you catch by chance, if you are lucky you stumble upon it. Purpose is something people always seem to be searching for.
But how can you find something if you don’t actually know what you are looking for?
Definition of purpose (I feel like this is always the best starting point):
The reason for which something is done, created or for which something exists.”
What is the reason for your exsistance?
Don’t panic! That question seems deep and complex and oh so overwhelming. But, let’s break it down to some basics.
In this blog most I want to show you that God has created every human being with a purpose in mind. I have broken it up into 4 core aspects of purpose that applies to EVERYONE. Yes, we all have our own unique purposes that bring together our diverse experience, our unique personality and combination of our talents and interests. But, before you can discover your unique destiny it really helps to understand what the corporate purpose is.
So let’s break purpose down into 4 parts.
All four parts of purpose are evident in Genesis. Right at the start. When God created the world, when he created a man and a woman He already had a purpose in mind. He created you intentionally, not haphazardly. How incredible?
Let’s colour in these 4 parts of your purpose.
God made us for relationship. You were made to have relationships with friends, family, strangers, but most importantly God created you to have a relationship with him. A relationship is a two way street, both people have to a role to play. It’s similar with God. He created you wanting and hoping you would chose to have a relationship with Him. But it is still your choice, the invite is there. In Genesis we read that God walked in the Garden alongside Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:8). And then once again we see the importance of this relationship when God puts in motion His plan to restore the sin-broken relationship by sending His son Jesus to restore the relationship He originally had in mind (Joh. 17:25-26).
Let’s just clarify I am not referring about filling the earth with little humans here. But, rather the bible talks about replicating God’s glory and character throughout the earth and with every person you come into contact with.
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7
And then again in
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor. Psalm 8:5
God has created you for His glory and honour, because we are created in His likeness. He made us to be a reflection of who He is. So my question to you is, how is your life glorifying God?
So we were created to have a relationship with God and then to be reflections of His character which we get to know better and better as our relationship with Him grows deeper and matures. But, God also created good works for us to do. So, yes, you do have a individual purpose. There are good works that God has in mind just for you. I do just want to take a moment to clarify, we are not saved by our works. You were saved, redeemed and restored ONLY by the blood on Jesus on that cross. Your works cannot get you ‘saved’. That being said, God still /wants/to use us to build His kingdom that is why He created us. He created us to do good works – His works(Eph. 2:10).
Ok so I must be I referring to filling the earth with little humans here then? Nope. Replenishing doesn’t refer to children in the natural sense, but rather refers to our spiritual family. Our brothers and sisters in Christ. Apart of your purpose is to expand God’s spiritual family. How? Through making disciples. We are given a clear mandate before Jesus leaves to go out and make disciples (Mark 16:15).
I hope you can see how these four parts of purpose build on each other. The base is the relationship. How can you expect to reproduce the character or glory of someone you don’t know? Likewise, the other two steps are harder to do if you aren’t starting from the basis of a relationship with God. Everything points back to the core of having a relationship with God.
So, how is your relationship with God, right now?
Do you know Him? Are you mad at Him? Are you more off-again than on-again? Have you pushed Him away? Perhaps things have just gone quiet? Are you ignoring Him? What about unintentionally ignoring Him, have you let the business of life get in the way of your relationship with God?
I have been at every end of those questions at some point in my life.
But, there is hope. He is always waiting. His mercy is overwhelming more than we could ever expect.
He wants you to start speaking again.
He wants you to start listening again.
He wants you to get to know Him, His heart and His character.
He wants you to want to spend time with Him.
He wants to spend time with you.
God’s ultimate purpose is not for you to complete a checklist of good works or reach the target number of people added to His spiritual family.
God’s ultimate purpose is about people. His purpose is focused on YOU.
Still unsure about your purpose?
Start with being honest about where your relationship with God is at.
Rekindle that relationship.
More next week.
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