“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]” [Ephesians 2:10, AMPC].
The late Dr. Myles Munroe said, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose”. Finding purpose is something many spend their time and resources, trying to discover. Yet, some fail at not only discovering it but also in living it out. Life without purpose is living while trying just about anything in the hopes that you would gain fulfillment, only to discover that none of them was the right thing. It is living, throwing darts, but never hitting the mark in the bullseye.
What is purpose anyway? A quick google search defines it as, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”. Simply put, purpose is the reason for which you are currently alive, and why you should continue to live. We all have a purpose to accomplish on this earth, just like our Lord Jesus Christ. He did not fail to make His mission known, and He said:
- “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” [Luke 19:10, AMP]
- “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” [John 10:10, KJV]
- “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” [Mark 10:45, NLT]
- “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” [John 18:38, NIV]
Clearly, the life of Jesus was driven by the purpose for which He was born, and all that He did revolved around this. He had one thing on his mind and that was, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” [John 9:4, KJV]. Even in His day to day interactions and activities, all He did filtered into the bigger purpose. He knew His time on earth was short, and so He had to make the most of the time He had. This is what Moses meant when he prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom” [Psalms 90:12, AMPC]. Wisdom being the principal thing teaches us how to make the most of our time, to ensure that we accomplish the good works that were prepared ahead of time for us.
For us as Christians, there should be no qualms about our purpose, because we know who created us, and we have a relationship with Him. The key here is that discovering your purpose as a Christian begins in, and with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are born of God, then it presupposes that what you were created for, comes out of Him. Instead of running helter-skelter trying to figure out what your purpose is, earnestly seek his face concerning it. We were created for good works in Christ Jesus; the good works we are to do, are found in Him, and not elsewhere. After all, Jesus said “seek and you shall find” [Matthew 7:7, KJV]. Ours is the seek, and His is to respond to what He wants us to do when He wants us to do, and why He wants us to do. He is the one who works in us, both to will, and to do of His good pleasure [Philippians 2:13, KJV].
Therefore, why spend life chasing after everything else, only to transit into glory to find out that you only scratched the surface of what your true potential was? How would you feel if you found out that you could have impacted 100 times more lives, instead of the few that you did? What if you find out that you completely missed the mark of the good works you were to accomplish. That what you were supposed to do and be, was completely different than what you did and were. What if that career path you chose, because of the money it could bring, was not what God had planned for you. What if? Just what if?
Once you identify what your purpose is, don’t be ashamed to live it out. You owe no one any explanations for what God has told you concerning your purpose. Your first allegiance is to Him…everyone else would need to jump aboard that ship. That is the first thing wisdom teaches you; to be pleasing to the one who gave you life and who sustains that life. Then, you live that purpose out without apologies. You live it out knowing that you are not sufficient of yourself, but of God [2 Corinthians 3:5].
Live a life, well spent and fully exhausted all that God has called you to do, and to be. Someone out there is waiting for you, to awaken and to be a blessing to them. So live freely, and most importantly, live without apologies.