Are You Using Your Purpose?
Everyone has a God-given purpose. I don't know if you've ever thought about that before or not. But, there is a reason you're on this earth. Your existence isn't by accident. It isn't by chance. It isn't because two people got together on a whim and you became the product. No. Your existence was designed, crafted, and put into motion long before you, and really any of us, were a thought.
My friend, you're here on purpose, with a purpose, and for a purpose. Check this out. In Ephesians 2:10 we read God considers us to be His "masterpiece." Did you ever think God viewed you as a masterpiece in the same way the great artists da Vinci, Picasso, or Rembrandt viewed their works? If you're like most of us, chances are you probably haven't.
But, you have a purpose that the author goes on to say was "planned long ago." What if God created your purpose - your reason for being - first, and then created you to fit that purpose next? In other words, your entire existence has at its focal point the purpose God designed and intended for you!
So, how do you discover what that purpose even is? And, once you've figured it out, what are you even supposed to use it for?
#1 - You only discover your purpose in Christ
The text makes it pretty clear we only discover our purpose once we discover Christ - "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Makes sense, right? If God created our purpose and then created us to fit that purpose, could we really discover it any other way? I don't think so.
Many people wander into a host of different things thinking, hoping, this will be it; that they've finally found why they're here! Only to be disappointed there is still some kind of void in their lives. You can do a number of different things and do them well. People may say, "You were born for this!" and yet, you feel as dissatisfied as ever. That's because your true purpose can only be discovered when you've met the One who created you for it in the first place!
There are two important days in every person's life - the day they were born, and the day they discover why they were born!
Draw closer to Jesus and you'll discover your "why."
#2 - Use your purpose to make a difference
When you've discovered Christ and the purpose God has designed for you, you use it to make a difference. Another translation, The Living Bible, puts it like this - "we should spend these lives in helping others." Your purpose isn't to help you. It's for the benefit of other people, specifically to help them!
If God's purpose was for you to be effective at building things, then how are you leveraging that for the benefit of others? Maybe you could volunteer for Habitat for Humanity? Maybe you could do pro bono work for single mothers and the elderly? If God gave you a purpose to develop businesses, imagine the difference you could make using that acumen to start nonprofits or even donate profits to people and organizations making significant impacts around the world.
The point is, your purpose should always be used to make a tangible difference in the lives of the people around you. There are infinite ways you can do that, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to know where you should start.
#3 - Start Using Your Purpose Locally
If you find yourself overwhelmed at all the possibilities to utilize your purpose, don't worry! You don't have to solve world hunger in a day! Just start with your community. What kind of difference can you make in your community, right now, with the purpose God has given you? Then, go from there.
If you're in our community (Seneca/Clemson), one of the ways you could start using your purpose could be joining our launch team. We're inviting anyone with a heart for people and God to join our team as we seek to help others know God, find freedom, discover their purpose, and make a difference! There is certainly a role and place for you! Just click below to get started!
What About You?
Have you already begun living our God-given purpose? If you have, comment on our Facebook page and let us know how you're using your purpose to make a difference in the lives of others!