We are eagerly seeking the answers to these monumental questions. We can easily spend most of our lives trying to figure it out - that special ministry or special career that is more than a job. For most, our seeking comes up empty and we start believing perhaps God doesn't have any special purpose for us after all. But God DOES have a special purpose for each one of us. The answer is almost too simple.
The Shorter Catechism asks, "What is the chief end of man? The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever."
This simply states God's purpose for our lives. Your purpose and calling are to glorify Him in every word, thought, deed and action; and enjoy a relationship with Him forever. You don't have to embark on a sacred pilgrimage or found a ministry to accomplish your purpose. You fulfill God's plan for your life by glorifying Him in the regular, common tasks of every day life. "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV) You can glorify God while working, cleaning the house, mowing the yard or enjoying your children's birthday. Every word, thought and action brings glory and honor to God when we make knowing and following Him our number one priority in our lives.
We not only fulfill our purpose by bringing glory to God, but also by having a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Yes! Your purpose to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and enjoy an abundant relationship with Him forever!
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I encourage you to make knowing Jesus Christ as a Person your passion and motivation in all you do. As you seek Him in a relationship, you will become intimately acquainted and learn His heart's desire. As you know Him, you will obey Him. As you obey Him, you will undoubtedly bring glory to Him! Do not make your priority finding that special calling or God's niche for you. Instead, make your energy and focus to seek Him as a Person. He is ever ready to reveal Who He is to any who are searching. Everything else besides knowing Him is secondary; nothing can compare.
A.W. Tozer in his book, The Pursuit of God, said it best. "Eternity will not be long enough to learn all He is, or to praise Him for all He has done, but then, that matters not, for we shall always be with Him, and we desire nothing more." Make Christ your first desire, and all else will follow in His time.
Dana, Founder/CEO of BeStrong Ministries, desires to share the hope of the Gospel with everyone. Formerly from Washington State (USA), she currently resides in Berlin, Germany with her German husband, Andy.