Purpose is defined according to the Cambridge dictionary as “why you do something or why something exists”. The very definition of purpose points us back to our Creator and why He created us.
The question of purpose had plagued me for decades, as even though I had a successful career, family and goals, I was not clear about what the Lord wanted me to do. I felt restless, like I was on a treadmill, and I knew the Lord had more for me. I just was not sure what the ‘more’ was. Finding my purpose felt like this intangible, fluffy concept and I did not know where to start. Work has always been a significant part of my life and I felt that my purpose lay in finding the right type of job or career.
The definition of purpose helped me to understand that before I answered the question of what I was created to do, I needed to understand who I was and whose I was!
In this article I want to address the first and fundamental step of our journey, understanding who I was!
I needed to know the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit intimately and hear His voice in my life. The way we know the Lord intimately is through His Word. John 1.1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” As we study the Word, the Lord speaks to us and brings revelation and illumination to who we are and the direction we need to go. Psalm 119.105 reveals to us that “You Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.
Studying the Word and spending time talking to and hearing from the Lord, is one of the most important habits I cultivated in my journey to discovering my purpose. I started with studying the gospels using Andrew Wommack Ministries phenomenal free online bible commentary.
Through just studying the scriptures for 30 minutes daily and journaling the insights or revelation the Lord gave me in this time, my eyes and heart were opened to the Lord and His incredible love for me.
I started to hear the voice of the Lord clearer in my life. John 10:27 reveals to us that “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” You are His sheep as a believer of Christ. You can hear your Father’s voice!
One of our biggest milestones on our journey to understanding our purpose is to understand the extent to which we are loved and adored by our Father. In just studying Ephesians 1: 4-6, the fullness of the love and intention of the Lord toward us is revealed.
Ephesians 1: 4 “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”.
The Lord CHOSE YOU, before He created the world to stand before Him without shame – completely clothed with the righteousness of Christ. We stand before the Father completely and utterly LOVED!
Before you were someone He created to use for a purpose, you are the child He loves.
Can you take a moment and sit with this awe-inspiring feeling of being completely loved by the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
3 Starting points for a purpose driven life:
As discussed in this article the first place to start with uncovering the purpose the Lord has for you is to:
a. Set aside dedicated time to spend studying the Word.
b. Listen for His voice and journal the revelation He gives you through His Word
c. Set aside time each day to just sit in the fullness of His love for you.
My prayer for you on your journey to uncovering your purpose is that “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19.
More points to consider:
1. Can you stand in the fullness of His love for you?
2. What stops you from receiving the fullness of His love?
3. What stops you from setting aside a portion of time each day to spend in the Word?
4. What could you put in place to help you set aside this time?
5. What tools or resources do you need to study His Word?