Knowing your Purpose in Life
Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them. Isaiah 43:7
Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the Sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:2-3
From a biblical perspective, we are told why God created us; we were created to serve and to give Him praise. What does it mean to serve God? Is it merely attending church one or two times a week? What does God expect from us? It is our duty to align our desires with God’s will. Living day-to-day with a focus only on our agenda fulfills a purpose that we have developed to satisfy our desires.
For those who are successful, reflecting on their accomplishments brings a joyful pride. They have worked hard and deserve the rewards of financial stability, job security, and vacationing abroad. Are these not the blessings promised in Malachi 3:6-12? The most probable answer is yes. Our acknowledgment and faithfulness to God is the highest form of worship that we can offer. However, there is the missing element of sacrifice. Even Abraham who was blessed with wealth beyond measure and a legacy from whose lineage we are from was tested. God commanded him to literally sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of his faithfulness. And yes, Abraham proved his faith was strong when he did as God commanded, but God honored Abraham and Isaac’s faithful obedience and provided the animal for the required sacrifice (Genesis 22).
In order for us to find out what our purpose is in life, we must ask God. The question of asking God to reveal your purpose for your life is necessary for the completion of spiritual alignment. Knowing what God has planned and requires of us will always involve sacrifice on our part. If God sacrificed His only Son-Jesus Christ-then we can expect a major change to our agenda. If the thought of asking God to show you His purpose for your life has put fear inside of you, then you are not living in His perfect will.
As my husband’s retirement draws near, our plans for a cross-country vacation may or may not be on the chopping block. We are praying and have not received an answer if our vacation is in God’s will. It is not easy for us to have our wavering faith tested. We are often so caught up in our own desires that we eliminate the possibility of asking for Divine guidance. In Isaiah 55:8, God tells us: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” NLT
Fulfillment of a purpose driven life does not occur without Divine guidance.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I am living according to my own desires. Please reveal to me the purpose you have for me. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz