Do you ever question what your purpose is in life? Do you truly understand what having a purpose means? Keep reading and hopefully this message will help you to understand more about the purpose God has for you and encourage you to step out in faith to reach your God given purpose.
Let’s have a look at what the word purpose means. Purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. ~ Oxford dictionary.
God has a plan for each and everyone of our lives. When he created humanity he created us with a purpose and this is evidenced in the first chapter of the book of Genesis.
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””
~ Genesis 1:28 ~
God wants our lives to be fruitful and uses the gifts and talents he has given us in order to achieve this. We are to use these gifts and talents to reach the lost and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. The bible therefore tells us that we should not neglect our gifts.
“Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
~ 1 Timothy 4:14-16 ~
God wants us to give ourselves entirely to our gifts, not only to save us, but also to save those who we come into contact with. When I read about people in the bible that God used to save people I am drawn to Joseph and Esther. God took these two ordinary people and through His purpose they were able to do extraordinary things. He used Joseph by giving him the gift to interpret dreams in order to manage the famine, which prevented people from starving. He also used Esther to save her people from being annihilated. Impressive right?
God also created us to do good works. He blesses us because he wants us to walk in Purpose and be effective.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
~ Ephesians 2:10 ~
Pray for wisdom:
If you are struggling to find Gods purpose in your life seek God and ask for his wisdom and direction. Ask Him to show you how He can use you and He will surely answer.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
~ James 1:5 ~
Getting out of your comfort zone:
Stepping out to fulfil God’s purpose isn’t always easy and can sometimes cause discomfort. So what happens? We stay confined in a box so that we do not feel uncomfortable. It takes faith for us to step out of our comfort zone.
In Matthew 14:28 we are presented with the story of Peter and the rest of the disciples who were in the boat and were facing adverse weather conditions. They were in the middle of the sea and all of a sudden they saw Jesus walking towards them on water. Peter took a leap of faith. He trusted in God and stepped out of the boat when Jesus said “come.”
It’s time to step out in faith. Get out of the boat!
The Oxford dictionary defines faith as Completely trusting or having confidence in someone or something.
To fulfil our purpose God requires that we step out in faith and completely trust him. God gave Abraham a promise and a purpose and although Abraham did not know where he was going, he trusted God and was obedient to his word.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
~ Hebrews 11:8-10 ~
False Evidence Appearing Real
Fear acts as the opposite of faith and can prevent us from reaching our God given destiny. It happens to the best of us. I’ve had my own share of fear especially when making the decision to step out in faith. It took a lot for me to get this Blog Site up and running. Fear, doubt and procrastination were just some of the emotions that I went through before publishing my second post at the beginning of December. Just before I published it I came across the following scripture from the book of Romans about Abraham’s faith in God’s plan.
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
~ Romans 4:20-21 ~
3 lessons from Abraham to reach your God given purpose:
1. Abraham believed:
God called Abraham for a specific purpose. Both he and Sarah were way past the stages of child bearing. Naturally you would think that a promise of a child in this circumstance is impossible let alone Abraham becoming the head of a great nation. The bible said that when God made His promise to Abraham, Abraham believed in the Lord (Genesis 15:6). In fact it is clear that Abraham was convinced that God would perform.
When we do not believe that God’s plan will come to fruition, it profits us nothing. In Matthew 17 the bible tells the story of a boy with epilepsy who the disciples, despite trying, could not heal. When they asked Jesus why they could not cast the demon out of the boy He replies them saying “because of your unbelief.” (Matthew 17:20)
So what does this tell us….
“For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
~ Matthew 17:20 ~
If we believe, nothing will be impossible for us. God’s word does not change. It stays the same and is applicable for us today. He does the impossible just as He did for Abraham. All we need to do is believe.
2. Abraham was Strengthened in faith:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him…”.
~ Hebrews 11:6 ~
Sometimes we can underestimate the power of faith. The bible says that it is impossible to please God without it. Abraham was strengthened in faith even though he did not know the outcome of God’s promise. Abraham also went through a period of waiting, however despite this challenge he held on to his faith and did not waver. Waiting for God’s purpose to be fulfilled in our lives requires a great amount of faith.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~
We need to have this same faith. Such faith will result in seeing God’s promise and purpose fulfilled in our lives.
3. Give God the Glory:
Abraham gave God the glory not only when waiting for the promise but also when his promise had come to pass. When God promised Abraham’s descendants the land, the bible says that Abraham built an alter for the Lord (Genesis 12:7). When The covenant was made between God and Abraham, Abraham fell on his face (Genesis 17:3). These are both acts of humility and worship.
Abraham acknowledged that God knew what He was doing and understood his character and power. His confidence in God led to him becoming the father of an entire nation. How much more you and I. We can still praise God in our season of waiting for your purpose to manifest because His word is true.
I’m not sure what challenges you are going through, but what I am sure of is that when God calls you for a specific purpose, He ensures that He completes it.
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”.
~ Philippians 1:6 ~
Dear sister you were Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by God for a specific purpose. This is God’s promise. It’s time to step out and make an impact.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
~ Romans 8:28 ~