How to Find Your Purpose

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says theLord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

There are over 100 verses in the Bible on purpose and even more books written on the topic – both secular and biblical. However, since I’m a Christian, and since the Lord gave me the following topic last Sunday when I was asked to deliver the message at Antioch Reformation Ministry, I’m going to stick with scripture and what the Lord shared with me on how to find your purpose.

  1. Ask God
    • He is the one that puts your purpose in you as we see in the above scripture as well as Jeremiah 1:5
    • God never fails and will fulfill his purposes for you if you let him – Psalm 138:8, Romans 8:28, Job 22:21 (too many to list so see Additional Resource below)
  2. Passion
    • Many purposeful and successful people list this in their “story of success”
    • The last moments of Jesus’ life are commonly called “His Passion” or the “Passion of Christ” – the word in Greek actually means “to suffer” or put another way  “something that is a burden” – we know also that in the end Christ fulfilled his purpose on earth and scored the greatest victory for all mankind
    • Find the thing that is heavy on your heart, a burden that you must do; that when you do it, your adrenaline and motivation rise
  3. Decisions
    • Make careful decisions that take you in the direction of your purpose and keep you in the will of God – Daniel 1:8
    • The best way to make careful decisions is to be lead by the Holy Spirit – Acts 19:21
    • In John 4:4 it says that Jesus needed to go through Samaria – why? Because he was lead by the spirit and there were people to impact which leads us into the last point
  4. People
    • Ultimately your purpose will either need or impact people – John 4:39-42
    • Don’t be afraid to connect and share your purpose/vision with people – Habakkuk 2:2

To get clarity on all of the above and to move into your purpose, it’s important to pray and pray regularly. As often as you make decisions…pray.

Additional Resource: 97 Bible verses related to purpose

Prayer: God, you are the one who gives purpose and therefore I ask that you reveal to me, through the Spirit, my purpose. Help me to reflect on my past and see how you’ve been guiding me into my purpose. Show me in my dreams or day visions, whisper in my ear, speak, for your servant is listening. Connect me with those whom you’ve aligned with my purpose. Show me those who you have purposed for me to impact. Amen.

 

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