2 Corinthians 12:9, And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
So, what is your purpose? Everyone seems to be looking for a purpose these days. No one wants to live a life that appears to be “meaningless”. We all want to play some role in the great scheme of things and it is human and natural to strive for the greatest roles, but what is your purpose, really? Maybe God is calling you to something great and notable, some people are and if He’s calling you to it, He will give you everything you need to do that if you will just follow Him! But, what is it that would seem great to you because we all have different ideas of greatness in purpose? For some that could be being exceptionally wealthy so you can use it as God leads, or well-known like maybe a professional athlete, or for others, it could be speaking, a school teacher, or for others it could be something more in the background, doing something from home, or something not quite so visual as a star athlete. True greatness is not really measured by visibility to anyone other than God. Do whatever you are called to do for Him, not for others to see regardless of the “visibility” and do it in His strength.
The answer has to begin with “what has God put on your heart to do”? Is there something you have put off for years either out of fear or convenience and you still haven’t done it? If you could be or do anything for God what would that look like?
One of the biggest things often missed when someone is looking for their God-given purpose in life is: Our purpose here on this earth is to fulfill God’s purpose and I don’t just mean one that fulfills you, but His PURPOSE, The BIG picture. Our purpose on earth isn’t just meant to make us feel good about ourselves, although if you are following God, you will feel good about yourself, and all He says you are and calls you to do, is to be a part of the bigger picture fulfilling God’s purpose for people on the earth while you are here. God has a plan and you are a significant part of that plan. He wants to use your story, your experiences, and all of the talents that He placed within you in that plan of His. He is just waiting on your “yes”. Let’s face it there are days, sometimes, weeks, months, or years in that plan that are no fun. There are storms, fires, heartaches, illnesses, you name it and some days are just plain overwhelming and it can stretch you beyond what you feel you are capable of. His grace is ready and waiting for you and He wants to give you everything you need to face each and every day! His desire is for you to become all He created you to be and that takes learning to trust Him through the fire so when you walk out, you don’t even smell like smoke, just like Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednigo. Regardless of what anyone else may say, God has a plan for your life and it is important to Him. Trust Him to bring you through to the other side.
Don’t look at what God asks you to do and think you can’t. Pray about it all and remember that it is what we see as weaknesses in our lives that allow God to shine through. He wants you to rely on Him in all that you do so He can show up mighty in your life. It will also keep you from getting prideful about what you do because you will know that you couldn’t do it without Him. That is the best place to be!
So, what is your purpose? Ask God to show you each and every day what He has for you to do. If you are a teacher, do your best to teach them the love of Christ above all else. If you are a trucker, be His light everywhere you go! If you are a Sunday school teacher, preacher, or missionary, continue to press into Him, asking Him to help you to lead in a way that honors Him. No matter what it is you are doing, do it in His strength, and with all your heart. Serve Him with gladness. Walk in His confidence and strength. Don’t allow anything or anyone to come between you and all that God is asking you to do while you serve Him and His purpose here on earth. His best is yet to come!
Quote: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” ~ Henry Ford