Here are a few essential keys to understanding your purpose.
1. You are not an accident, or on this earth by accident. You are here on purpose, and for a purpose.
“My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, [And] skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When [as yet there were] none of them.” (Psa 139:15-16)
Regardless of where you are in life, you can know and experience your purpose. Many people live a lifetime without ever understanding who they are. If we are not careful, we can allow the circumstances of our lives to define us, and ultimately control the direction of our lives. It is for this reason that we must know that we are here on purpose, with purpose. Before you were born, God wrote a book about your life and filled it with good things. Learning how to trust His goodness and forethought concerning your life is step number one toward knowing your purpose.
2. Your life has a blueprint, uniquely and specifically designed for you.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
You are uniquely designed by God to fulfill a specific assignment. Therefore, your life is not cookie cutter! You are not a cheap version of someone else, you are an original with all the unique attributes that implies. Living your life trying to be like someone else will only lead to frustration and disappointment. Grow to appreciate who you were created to be. God set you apart before your birth to contribute greatly to this world, your family, and His House. Be confident that you matter because you do!
3. You cannot know true fulfillment until you discover and embrace your original design
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10)
How long have you chased fulfillment, and what have your results been so far? These questions reveal a fundamental truth; true fulfillment only comes through knowing God and His plan for your life. Anything less than this is at best a waste of time, and at worse destructive. We spend far too much time chasing satisfaction from things that will never deliver it. Your life has been intricately designed, learn to live out of that design and true fulfillment will naturally follow.
4. Purpose misunderstood leads to abuse. Abuse is simply using something outside of its intended use.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1Co 6:19-20)
One of the most dangerous things about not knowing your purpose is the fact that we naturally abuse what we do not understand. Imagine for a moment that you received a gift that you were completely unfamiliar with. This gift came with no instruction manual and you were left to figure out how to use it on your own. You may be able to figure out a few of its functions on your own over time. However, you would spend a great deal of time misusing or possibly even breaking it on the way to those discoveries. This is how most people approach their life. They try a little of this and a little of that and hope that they end up in the right place. We end up spending our lives abusing ourselves and others because we do not properly understand our purpose.
However, there is another option. Who could be better to ask about the purpose of something than the person who created it? So, it is with us. God knows how to cause you to operate in your highest levels of fulfillment and function. Spending time getting to know the Creator is the best way to understand the creation. If you need help understanding how to approach spending time with God, check out my free e-book Prayer Life.