I remember sitting with a pastor during a critical time in my life and asking, “What is my purpose?” He ever so kindly began to lead me in the scriptures and show me my ultimate purpose of serving God through relationship. That day changed my theology of God in a profound way that has freed me to be me and press into the relationship God designed for me to walk in.
Even though we explored how God sent His son to die on a cross, so I could be reconciled to God and enjoy the relationship free of trying to earn His love but receiving it freely, there still were questions. I felt a call of God to preach and work in ministry but struggled with the specifics of my purpose which caused me to keep searching for my sweet spot.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
According to this passage “all things God works for the good of those who love him”, which let’s us know God has a plan and purpose for us. It goes on to say, “called according to his purpose”, which let’s us know that God has a purpose for each and every one of us that are called. This I believe is why mankind spends a good portion of their lives searching for their specific purpose that God designed for them specifically.
To better understand purpose let’s look at it’s meaning. The online dictionary defines purpose, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.” As you can see purpose is the very thing that we were created which is unique to each individual. Purpose can also be translated as calling which is a word used in churches often to label someone, “called to ministry.”
Understanding that God has a purpose for each and everyone is part of the journey. I believe God gives each of us insight into what that specific purpose is when we come to Christ. Saul the tormentor of the early church had an experience on the road to Damascus that changed his life forever. After hearing the voice of God, becoming blind and told where to go and wait God gave him insight into his calling.
God told Simon the tanner to go and pray for Saul telling him he would suffer much and take the gospel to the Gentiles. Saul became Paul that day and from the beginning of his conversion he knew he would suffer much to fulfill his purpose of taking the Good News to the Gentiles.
Now I am not saying we are all going to suffer to fulfill our purpose but when you know your purpose you look at circumstances differently. What I am saying is when you are pursuing God and walking in your purpose even bad things can lead you to your purpose. God didn’t put the bad thing on you but He made it turn out for you good.
I want to conclude this post with a challenge. Thank God that your general purpose is to worship and fellowship with God, then ask what it is He has designed for you to do to further the Kingdom. Take some gifts tests, ask friends and some coworkers what they see as your strengths and what your good at. Ask yourself what am I passionate about? If I didn’t get a paycheck what would I enjoy doing for no pay?