How to Discover Your Purpose
I’ve had so many conversations with peers on how to discover purpose. A common thread is hearing fear-laced concerns about leaving this earth and not completing the assignment God prepared for us. If you feel this way I want to comfort you with this, God helps us to know what His will is. Operating in fear is the opposite of walking in the will of God.
“Living a life that glorifies God is living in purpose.”
Living a life that glorifies God is living in purpose. 1 Corinthians 10 tells us we have the free will to do as we please but everything isn’t good for us to do, so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. You were made for God’s worship and good pleasure. If you believe that God is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power as Revelation tells us, you can be content in this general purpose He gives all His children. There’s no need for a special title or cause because you’re doing exactly what you were created to do.
“As we answer the call to serve God with our whole life we are given a specialty.”
However, as we answer the call to serve God with our whole life we are often given what I like to call a specialty. This is usually what we mean when we say “purpose”. It is a focus within our general purpose. Finding your specialty is easy when you’re aware of your gifts and passions. For example, I’ve always loved teaching others, mentoring, being a source of info, and telling stories. I am a journalist by trade with a degree from Florida A&M University – shout out to my Rattlers – and I work in communications. This tells me that my specialty is in media, public service, and teaching. Since I know where I’m called, I choose activities that refine and develop my gifts, i.e. creating this platform to share knowledge, serving on the media team at church, and mentoring young girls. Using our general purpose and command to “take the gospel into all the world” as a Litmus test, I know I’m in on track.
“When you pray and ask for your purpose to be revealed have confidence that He will answer.”
Our final step is most important but in wanting to share the “practical” ways first, I saved the best for last. Prayer. It’s how we communicate with God and is our first line of defense against the attacks on our purpose. We serve a God who withholds no good thing from us. He shares his secrets (wisdom & knowledge) with us. When you pray and ask for your purpose to be revealed and for greater alignment with Him have confidence that He will answer. Remember, your general purpose is set but your specialty is unique. Leave room for God to use you in a unique way.
God gives us security and stability. Purpose gives us value and confidence. Now that you have these tools to help you discover purpose, walk boldly in it. Share with me how the revelation of your “general purpose” helps you live a life worthy of your calling. Also, tell me what you’ve found your specialty to be and how God has used you in that area.
As always, Thank you for walking this Journey with me!
1 Corinthians 10:23-31