Discover your Purpose. What are you here for?
Have you ever wondered about the meaning and purpose of your life? So how can you go and discover your purpose? Let me use a song to illustrate this common pursuit for most people. Are you familiar with that popular 1990 song by singer Michael W. Smith “Place In This World?” I was in high school when this song was released and it struck a chord in my heart that continues to ring loud and clear. If you’re not familiar with some of the lyrics, here a few lines:
Show me, I’m
My place in this world
You are a divine masterpiece
It has taken me decades to understand who I am (my God-given identity) and what I have been created to do (my God-given mission). And although I think I have a better understanding of who God has called me to be and do, I know I can only see in part (1 Cor. 13:12). But I’m at complete peace in this because I know God holds my future and He promises it will be prosperous and full of hope (Jer. 29:11).
You see, we can’t know who we are until we know our origin story~ who we came from. Ps. 139:13-16 tells us God created our inmost being, He knit us together in our mother’s womb and it was He who prepared all the days of our lives before we even lived a day! And because we came from God, only He can tell us the purpose of our lives.
Eph. 2:10 tells us we are God’s workmanship, His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. 1 Pet. 2:9 tells us we are a royal priesthood, God’s special possession and because of that, we are to proclaim His goodness in the world. 2 Cor. 5:18-20 tells us we are Christ’s ambassadors, ones chosen to speak Gods wonderful message of reconciliation in this world. We are tasked to reconcile unbelievers to God because He’s not willing that any should perish but all come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). In Mat. 28:19, we also see we have been tasked to go into all the world as Christ’s witnesses—training up others to be followers of Christ’s teachings.
Your identity and purpose
As you can see, our identity is directly tied to our purpose. If we identify as a Christ follower, our primary purpose on this planet is to proclaim His word, works, promises, power, teachings, gift of salvation and message of hope, love, forgiveness and reconciliation wherever we are, and where ever we go. We are to be the very voice of God on this earth. This is our primary calling or purpose.
But you know what? We also have a very unique secondary purpose that pertains to our unique identity and unique mission. This secondary purpose is what I think most people often wonder about and try to discover.
You were created for MORE
Who was I created to be?
- What was I created to do?
- Where am I best positioned to do it?
As stated earlier, we are God’s representatives and witnesses who are to do good works that glory God. But how we do that can be found by discovering our God-given gifts and talents and examining our passions, burdens, values, beliefs, and God-given dreams.
God has uniquely wired you to do good works in this earth as a representative of His love and compassion and HOW you do this will fit the unique personality, preferences, passions and gifts He’s placed inside of you. So the more you understand how God has uniquely gifted and graced you to do good works (your unique equipment), the more clarity you’ll have on how to fulfill your unique mission.
My discovery journey
It has taken me decades to discover my secondary calling (or purpose). It has taken me years to discover my natural and spiritual gifts, talents and passions. FOUR DECADES y’all of personal reflection, self-discovery and experimentation, coupled with my intuition (or discernment) before I could feel confident about my secondary purpose. A lot of determination, courage, risk, self-assessment, self-reflection, and research was made before I could finally know my place in this world.
But it doesn’t have to take you years or decades to discover this. In my next blog, I’m going to share the practical tools and resources I used to help me discover my unique mission and secondary purpose. I’ve done all the research for you so you don’t have to. You’re welcome 😉