How to Discover God's Purpose for Your Life
In the past, I've struggled with questions regarding God's calling for my life. I've wondered what his plans for my future were, who I would be, what I would do. I know others who ask the same questions, so I decided to write a little about my calling and how God led me to discover it.
Looking back, it becomes easier to see how God has shaped me to become who I am. The experiences He has given me define the way I see myself and others. When looking to find God's purpose for my life, the first thing I did was to observe the gifts he has given me. I don't mean gifts like Christmas presents, I mean spiritual gifts, abilities, attributes of my character. These gifts allow me to fulfill the purpose he has called me for. When discovering your purpose, the first step is to look for the gifts God has given you. Just as a runner is born with the ability to run well, so you are born with the ability to fulfill the purpose God has set out for you.
Something else I've observed: when I am living out my calling, I feel at home. A swimmer is at home swimming, an architect at home designing, and a pastor at home preaching. When you have found the purpose God has called you to live, you will feel at home. This does not mean it won't be uncomfortable at first, but once you are living out your calling, you will know it's what you were meant to do. Furthermore, not only will you feel at home, you will feel alive. I live for the times when I am reaching others with the hope Christ gives me, and I believe my calling in life is to do exactly that. Look for the times you feel truly alive.
Once you have found that place you feel at home, pray. Ask God to reveal the ways He plans on using your abilities to further his cause. Ask him to guide your path and help you to live out the purpose He has called you for. Remember no matter where He puts you, God will still use you to reach others with the hope and forgiveness Christ gives freely. God has great plans for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says this: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Lastly, have the pursuit to match the passion. Once you've found your calling, don't let anything stop you. Allow God to use you to accomplish his work, and know that while things will get hard sometimes, God will be with you. "...in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
God made you for a purpose. Live out your calling with the knowledge that it is who you were meant to be.
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