5 Tips to Discovering Your Purpose and 1 Reason Why You Should
Have you ever felt that you were created for a purpose? If so, you are absolutely right. God made us all with our individual gifts and talents with one reason in mind, so we could use them to glorify Him.
It used to drive me nuts. I had a burning desired to…well, to do something for God. I just didn’t know what it was. I knew I had a purpose, I just didn’t know what it was.
Why Search for Your God-Given Purpose?
In Pastor Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life”, he wrote something that really stuck with me. “You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. You may have felt in the dark about your purpose in life. Congratulations, you’re about to walk into the light”. How true I have found those words to be. Without God, life has NO purpose and without purpose, life has no meaning.
As I set out to discover what it was God was calling me to do, there were a few steps that took me straight to the door on the ministry I have today. I’m going to share those 5 things with you in hopes that you find your God-given purpose as well.
Five Steps to Discovering God’s Plan for Your Life
Talents and Gifts. The first step is almost a no-brainer but sometimes, it’s the most obvious things that are over looked. Ask yourself what you are good at. If you come up empty handed, ask a friend, spouse or family member. Oh, and you can ask God too!
Roadblocks. If you were blessed with an angelic voice but also have a bad case of stage fright, you might say there is a stumbling block in your way. You can be the best teacher in the world but if fear of public speaking has you terrified, you’ve got a problem. What has helped me overcome my inadequate feelings when it comes to my ministry is realizing that pride comes in two forms. It is self-seeking. “Look at me!” says the peacock. And…it can manifest as the complete opposite. Pride is also an ostrich burying his head in the sand. “DON’T look at me.” In both scenarios, “me” is the focus. What’s wrong with that picture? Absolutely!
Confirmation. Things that are done in the flesh, or just because they sound like a good idea don’t produce the divine results that God ordained ones do. I like to be sure I’m being led by the Spirit. In order to do so, I ask for confirmation. And…I always get it no matter if it’s a “yes” or a “no”.
Preparation. Time after time in the Bible you will see how Godly men sought God before they went out to minister. Once you have heard from God on what His plan is for your life and your God-given purpose, take some time to seek His face, Jeremiah 29:11.
The disciples were called to spend quiet time with Jesus. In Mark 3:16 the Bible says, “Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed.”
We know that Jesus Himself went up to the mountain top to pray on several occasions. To give, our own cup must be full.
5. Activation. Ahhh…my favorite part- implementation. It’s like spring training is over and it’s time for the game. Or like spending years studying in college and finally, it’s time to graduate and put it all into play. Once you have gone through the four steps above, then it’s time to unleash and let God’s purpose for your life radiate glory unto Him.
Knowing that God has a purpose for my life often felt like being pregnant did. I knew there was a baby in my womb but still, there were so many unanswered questions. Was my baby healthy? Was it a boy or girl? What would my baby look like? What would he act like?
The same is true when you are nurturing God’s purpose for your life. There are many unanswered questions at times. Then, there is the labor and delivery of The Plan which, like giving birth, can be painful indeed, but…always worth the end result.
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