YOU WERE CREATED FOR A PURPOSE!
God has a purpose for each of us. As you grow in him, he will begin to birth dreams and desires in you to do certain things. These interests are God-given to set you on your path to fulfilling what he has called you to do. Let God breathe his dream into you. You may not see evidence of a purpose (or calling or vision) but it is there, without a doubt. Not everything about your calling may make sense to you in the beginning but someday, when God is ready, it will. And you know what?
Begin to see yourself the way God sees you. It’s time to walk in the gifts God has blessed you with. It’s time to reach towards the purpose you were created for. You can’t get there without learning to trust God in all areas of your life, including what you believe he has told you. But how do you get there? The steps below will help you but they are not in any particular order except number one.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
1. The most important thing to keep in mind is to love, obey and seek our Lord. Nothing should come before that. In other words, we should never seek the things of God, including his blessings, without seeking him first.
“But seek first God’s kingdom, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 WEB)
2. You must be willing. Praying God will guide your feet is useless if you aren’t willing to move your feet. It takes talking with God (prayer) to get to this point. You will begin to feel urges to act or do certain things such as volunteer in a soup kitchen. You will find yourself passionate and excited about certain things and not others.
God may share your purpose with you early in your walk/life but he may not. It is all in his timing to fulfill his purpose. So when you feel excited to do something, stop and pray. Rushing ahead without consulting God first will not help anybody. If you still feel it is God nudging you to move forward then do it. It just might be a building block to get you where God needs you to be. Ask God to use you.
“But 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. But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. ” (James 1:5-6 WEB)
ACCEPT WHO GOD MADE YOU TO BE
3. Accept that all Christians have special abilities (talents, gifts). What do you enjoy the most? What are you drawn to? Maybe this is your God-given passion. Sometimes, God uses the area where we have spent the most time climbing the mountain and wandering in the desert. A former pregnant teen might volunteer or open a teen pregnancy center. We have a family friend who loves to work out and study how the body works. He has a strict workout schedule and as a result, he gets a lot of attention. Because he desires to be used by God in every area of his life, he allows God to use him daily while at the gym. He does not hide that he is a Christian and is frequently approached by lost, hurting folks who he points to Jesus.
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God. If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praised and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 KJV)
4. Be still and ask God for his vision of your purpose or calling. It’s pretty much a given that your ideas for your purpose are not the same as God’s. Most people’s dreams are too small. They lack vision and allow insecurities and fear to rule what they do and we know that is not of God. In my case, I realized that I didn’t have a single dream. I was existing and getting through my days the best I could but I felt utterly useless. I took that to God and decided to seek him, to know HIM, not why I was put on this earth. God began to birth thoughts and ideas in me. It was a long process before I could begin to see my purpose through visions, dreams, and passionate desires. Even though I was limiting my vision, God was still doing a mighty work in me.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8- DARBY)
GIVE IT TO GOD
5. We cannot possibly accomplish our purpose on our own. We must give God control and allow his power to work in us and through us. Meditate on your vision. Let God grow it in your spirit as you are taking baby steps to do as he says. For example, before you take steps to open a homeless shelter, maybe you should volunteer in one. But pray about it first and see if that is how God wants you to spend your time right now. So many Christians equate being busy with being spiritual and a “good Christian”. But if that is true, God would tell us in his word to “get busy!” not tell us multiple times to “be still” and seek HIM. He doesn’t desire for you to run around like a chicken with its head cut off so others will think more highly of you.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)
6. Don’t go to your pew mate in church or your favorite co-worker and tell them your fears. Tell God your fears. He already knows them. Fear is normal but we can’t allow ourselves to get caught up and stay in the fear. God already has it figured out so you might as well trust him. Besides, faith and fear can’t exist together so take your fear right to God. Ask him to help you with your lack of faith that has allowed your fear to grow in this area. Watch what you say. Don’t allow yourself to spout your negative thoughts. Negative thinking will block your gifts and your fruits. Ask God to renew in you a new spirit and to seal your lips to evil talk such as putting yourself down or belittling yourself or your dreams.
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. In God, I praise his word. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4 WEB)
JUST DO IT ALREADY
7. As God gives you your next step, do it. Don’t ignore it, wait for something better, or hold off until a “more mature” Christian confirms what God has told you. The birth of your calling is between you and God and He created you for a purpose. He is very orderly. He builds order upon order, line upon line. So don’t expect the entire dream at once. Trust him with each step believing that he will take you where you need to be when you need to be there.
God will test you and he wants your obedience. If you try to force or manipulate your vision or calling, you can guarantee you will wander around in the desert until you reach a point you are ready to turn it over to God and follow his plan instead of your own.
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” (Isaiah 28:10 KJV)
God is a good God. Let go of what you want and let God breathe his dream into you. Do as he has asked with confidence that the Holy Spirit is there guiding you. You might not feel special, or qualified, or able but God says you are and he cannot lie. Ever. This dream, this calling, is as unique and individual as you are and was created just for you by your Father who is completely in love with you.
“Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know me. You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but, behold, Yahweh, you know it altogether. You hem me in behind and before. You laid your hand on me. This knowledge is beyond me. It’s lofty. I can’t attain it.” (Psalm 137:1-6 WEB)
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