Thoughts on Purpose

If you are past the age of 5 then you have been asked, more than once, What do you want to be when you grow up? For some, it came easy, and for others it was one of the hardest questions of their childhood.

Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a G.I. JOE, and I did everything I could to get there. I even went as far as not even trying in school because I knew what I wanted to do. I joined the United States Army the summer before my senior year and was set to accomplish my childhood dream job. I went off to basic training after I graduated and served on active duty for three years… and then I had no idea what I was supposed to do after that. What was my purpose in life? How was I going to figure it out?

If you’re still reading you may have found yourself in the same boat a time or two. As you continue to read, know that you are NOT alone. There have been people before you and there will be people behind you.

Number one: Your purpose is not based on the job that you have.

Before you quit your job, know that you can fulfill your God-given purpose in any job that you find yourself in. So, what is your purpose?

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Before you search anywhere else, the first step comes from our Creator! God in His perfect mercy and grace is patient, that we might repent and turn from our sin and reach out to Him. This first step is the absolute foundation to finding purpose in your life and without it, your life will never have fulfilment.

No matter what career you find yourself in you can turn from sin and pursue God with reckless abandon.

Number two: Your purpose is not based on your past.

There is a story in Scripture about a woman at a well, who comes face to face with Jesus. This woman had a checkered past and was considered dirty by others in the community. And yet, Jesus, who is perfect in every way offers her the gift of life. (The Samaritan Woman)

The point is this, Jesus offers so much more than your past. Learn from your past, but do not let it control your future.

Number three: Your worldview affects your perceived purpose.

The way in which we perceive the world around us has impact on every decision we make. If you perceive that God, the Bible and the Gospel are lies then your decisions will be drastically different from someone who believes them to be true. Your purpose is much more than that which you think is true or untrue. In fact we are all here to “do” something…

Acts 1:8 says, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

For the believer, we are supposed to be witnesses pointing others to Jesus. And to those who do not believe you are witnessing something to others as well.

More to come…

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