Isn’t that the age old question for many? What is my purpose?
Followed by –
- Why am I here?
- Where should I live, work, and serve?
- How do I find my purpose?
- Who can I help?
- When do I start?
The answer is different for everyone. Some are called to “Go” somewhere, while others can find their God given purpose right in their own city. Over the last two years I found myself asking those questions – over and over.
Yesterday ended the 2016 Mission’s Conference at my church, and the guest Pastor that spoke said these words:
“God does not want to be involved in my plans for my life. God wants to be involved in His plans for my life.” Pastor Oscar Muria from Kenya.
Think about that for a minute. Its not my plans, or your plans, that is Gods concern. Not what I want, money, wealth, popularity, a life full of things. Things that when they become old, or broken, end up in a junk yard, or landfill, somewhere. God is concerned about His plan and purpose He has for your life.
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Ps. 139:16 NLT
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” Jer. 29:11 NLT
God already has a plan for us. His plan. As a matter of fact, the Psalmist brings it to our attention that God had a plan for every day of our lives – BEFORE we were born! Think about that for a moment. And, if you’re like me that raises the question even more. What is my purpose then?
After hearing the words of Pastor Muria I thought – at what point do we (including me) think God is to get on our schedule and plans. I think back to many things in my life that I thought I really wanted. And, at the time I did. However, I did not get them. Now, I look back and think – thank you, because I cannot imagine what my life would have been like if God did allow it. (shutter) Can you relate? Are there things you wanted, opportunities, or relationships you desired, and God said “no”? Looking back, does it make you thankful?
Friends, based on my own experience, to find our purpose is to:
- Seek God first by reading His word
- Ask God directly what His plans for you are (pray)
- Get involved in something, whether you go and serve, or serve right from your own home
- Trust Him to lead you to where He wants you
- Allow Him to teach you
When we do those things God will open up the way, and you will know what your purpose is.
How do I know this? It is what I did over a two year period. And, God has opened up the way for me to teach others about Him. It is through this blog, the Facebook page, and recent opportunities to teach in my job, and in a Sunday School class. Was it overnight? No. It was a process. As I studied, prayed, and sought, I had to try several things before His purpose lit up my minds heart. There’s a peace, and feeling of satisfaction.
Isn’t that want we are really desiring -peace and satisfaction in our lives, and to hear the words “well done good and faithful servant.” Mt. 25:23. Oh sure, there are many excuses we can make. I even know a few myself. Work, kids, home, money, etc… But, friends I have found that in my own life I wasn’t telling God anything he didn’t already know. And for me, He said – no more excuses. Ouch! Is He telling you – no more excuses, time to get busy?
It really comes down to trusting God. In my process, I volunteered in a few capacities yet none of them panned out, those doors closed. But, when they did another one opened. Here’s the key – go. In my journey I found God may lead you to different things before bringing you to the beginning of your purpose. The question for me was will you:
- obey, and
- trust Me.
I do not want to come to the end of my life, and still be asking the same question: What is my purpose? I want to be at the end of my life and ask: Are You sure my purpose is complete, is there more work I can do for You? What about you?
To get you started if you are looking, and asking the same question I did, please feel free, as you seek Him for your purpose to look at several opportunities on our page http://gentlewhisperministries.com/practicing-truth
Or seek out several opportunities in your local area.
“He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.'” Mt.9:37 NLT
“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jer. 29:12-13 NLT
Friends – I cannot tell you what your purpose is, or when you will know. But I do know, God is faithful, and it will be in his timing for you. March on with a determined purpose, and an expectation of revelation from God!
“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Jos. 1:9 NLT
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