How Do I Discover God's Purpose For My Life?
If you've ever asked yourself this question, understand that God has a great purpose for your life.
It is not everyone who sits back to think about discovering God's purpose for their life. Such thoughts do not come to everyone, except those whom God allows to have them.
Wanting to know God's purpose for our life, is a desire planted in us by the Almighty Himself!
If you stumbled on this blog post, it is certain that God has great plans for your life—and He is willing to reveal to you His purpose for your existence.
God is good. His plans for you are good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11). God sends no one on earth to wander in confusion concerning why they are here, who they are, and what they are supposed to do.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIVFor 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.
It is His desire to make known to us, the purpose for our existence. He wants you to discover and walk in the reality and fullness of all that He destined you to be.
A Desire To Discover One's Purpose Is A Desire To Find God
No one ever discovers God's purpose for their life without first of all, finding God. The Almighty is the revealer of secrets. He is our Creator and Father. He is the Author of your destiny. He knows our life right from its beginning to its end.
Jeremiah 1:5 NIV"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
God made you with a purpose. And to discover that purpose, you must go to Him.
The solution to man's search for the purpose of his existence is finding God. We cannot bypass the Author of our destiny, to discover and walk in our purpose.
Submit To God
As much as we are willing to know God's purpose for our life, we should be willing to submit to Him. God is our Source. Everything we need—from discovering our purpose to fulfilling the same, is in Him.
Our striving cannot help us. God never sent anyone on earth to try out different things; to see which one would work for them.
Many people are trying out different things to see which one works. This is an act of confusion. This is not God's will for your life, and it is definitely not the right way to discover one's purpose.
The first step to discovering God's purpose for us is sincerely accepting Jesus Christ into our life as our personal Lord and Saviour. If you are yet to do this, pray this simple prayer with faith:
I come before You today, Lord Jesus. Submitting myself to you, I recognise that I am a sinner. I ask that You come into my heart and take absolute control of my life. Wash and cleanse me from all my sins. Make me righteous and holy. Write my name the book of life. Thank you for saving me, Lord Jesus. Amen.
What Is God's Purpose For Man?
1 Peter 2:9 NIVBut you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
The original intention in God's mind, when He created man was relationship. This is the will of God for us. God did not make man in His likeness and image, just so that man would exist independent of Him.
God made man so that man would know Him, worship Him and follow Him.
Therefore, it is error for man to live apart from His Maker! Life becomes very difficult than it should be, when man strives to discover his purpose and make it in life without God.
Be A God-chaser
As much as we strive to know and walk in our divine purpose, the same energy should be exerted towards our pursuit for God. This is wisdom—for we cannot become anything without our Source (John 15:5).
Man's purpose lies hidden in God until he begins chasing after God and eventually discovers it.
Proverbs 25:2 NIVIt is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
And someone might ask, "why must it be so?" Because God is not cheap. And your purpose isn't cheap either.
We should be willing to chase after God, because only God-chasers can discover and walk in God's purpose for their life.
God Communicates Our Purpose To Us
He may choose not to say it through a Prophet. Most times, the Lord prefers communicating our purpose directly to us. This is why I lay greater emphasis on chasing after God.
In the course of our chasing after Him, we are transformed and enabled to hear His voice. And along the line, He does not fail to communicate to us His purpose concerning our life.
It's all practical. One must put these into practice, if they are serious about discovering God's purpose for their life.
Every Christian Can Hear God's Voice
Chasing after God opens us up to the things of the Spirit. Spiritual abilities get activated (including ability to hear God's voice).
John 10:27 KJVMy sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Every genuine Christian can hear God's voice for themselves. The problem is that, not many are chasing after God.
The Lord also makes room for us to ask Him questions. You can ask Him about your purpose in life and He will reveal it to you (He is willing). But this cannot happen if we are not actively chasing after Him.
Jeremiah 33:3 NIVCall to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'
Seek Him With Diligence
Chasing after God cannot be done carelessly, if we expect to see the desired results. The Lord Himself instructed us to seek Him with diligence.
Hebrews 11:6 KJVBut without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Pay close attention to details. Give your best towards seeking Him. Seek Him in His Word and through faith-filled prayers. When all of these are in place, God will not fail to do His part, by revealing your purpose to you (and many other things you never thought you could know).
Fulfilling God's Purpose For Your Life
After discovering God's purpose for your life, you want to fulfil it, and you want to do that the right way, isn't it?
The best way to work towards fulfilling God's purpose for your life is getting in alignment with God. Read our guide on How To Get Aligned With God.
Final Words On Discovering God's Purpose For Your Life
Discovering God's purpose for our lives is not as important as knowing God for ourselves, living for Him and chasing after Him.
When we prioritise seeking the face of God, He settles us in every aspect of life. He reveals beyond what we demand to know from Him. It's that simple!
God bless you.
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