Can I Know God’s Purpose for My Life?
Yes. And I would like to think that every Christian would want to know what God’s purpose is for their lives. However, many Christians do not think it is important to discover this. This is a loss for them, the church and the world.
How do I come to know God’s purpose for me?
First, you can know the general purpose of why you are alive and why you are here. Colossians 1:16 says of Christ, that he is creator all things: everything was created BY Him and FOR Him. Every one of us is here FOR Him. Life is not about US; it is about HIM. We are here to please Him and glorify Him and to love Him fully/totally (2 Cor.5:9; 1 Cor.10:31; Matt.22:37-40). This applies to Christians and non-Christians alike.
Second, you can know your specific purpose for life by discovering your spiritual gift(s). For example, if you have the gift of service, you know that you should be serving. The point is the very definition of the gift you have tells you something about your specific personal purpose. If you have the gift of evangelism, you ought to be busy talking to others about the Lord. If you have the gift of administration/leadership, you should be leading in some way. If you have the gift of teaching, you should be teaching. If you have the gift of giving you would be giving. Your gift in some very real sense defines your specific mission in life. However, knowing your passions brings all of this into greater focus.
Third, you can know your specific purpose for life by discovering your PEOPLE passions and your THINGS passion.
Your “people” passion and your “thing” passion will tell you WHOM you should be serving and HOW you should be serving them. These two pieces of information bring into focus, even in greater detail, God’s specific purpose for your life. A young lady said that she had the gift of compassion. She then told me she loved older people and she loved to cook for them. I think God’s purpose for her is to cook meals for older folks, in this case, lonely older people. In the process, she brings joy and hope into many lives.
I think having a ‘coach’ can be helpful in assisting Christians to find out this vital information. But alot of this is just good old common sense. There is not rock science. God doesn’t work that way.
My greatest concern is that so often we are busy with so many distractions we don’t see the importance of this GREAT fact. If you would like to discover your spiritual gift and passions, please email me and I’ll send you the necessary inventories. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next SERVE Ministries Workshop is November 1 & 2. It is an intense 13 hour workshop training you and your church on how to do involvement. Contact me at 423 920 3060 for more information.