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Does God Have a Purpose for Your Life

Does God Have a Purpose for Your Life? 

Finding the purpose of your life is very important. It is the key to a meaningful and fulfilled life. It opens up your eyes to a world of opportunities where you can use your gifts and talents for the benefit of humanity.

Some people have found their life purpose and are already living it. Others are yet to figure out the purpose of their lives or don’t even care to know.

This post is for a person like you who desires to know his or her life purpose. It is for you if you're looking for the one thing that can put your life’s purpose in perspective. This is for a seeker  like you who asks the hard questions of life like:

“Who am I?
"Why am I here?
"What my ultimate purpose in life?”
"How do I know God's purpose for my life?

These are central questions of life. Finding the answer to these questions is the key to understanding yourself and the world around you. The answers you find will set you up for success.

These questions reveal that deep within your heart, you crave for something that will bring intrinsic and permanent fulfilment - something better. There’s something within you that screams at you daily, “There is certainly more to this life’s miseries than what I'm going through!”

You will never be at peace until you catch this missing link.

In your quest for this missing link, you fill your life with people thinking you can derive happiness from their company. You boldly share your greatest fears, worries, and secrets with people you trust with the hope that they will sympathize with you. But instead of encouraging you, they break you.  Some of these trusted friends end up soiling your good name.  You end up disappointed and realize you can't trust people.

Then you seek meaning in material possessions, career, family, money, travel, music, outdoor activities, pets, hobbies, and so on but these too leave you distraught and empty. You also might read countless self-help books, watch videos, and attend motivational seminars hoping to find your life purpose but still, the meaning and purpose of your life elude you.

You then turn to self-destructive vices like drug and substance abuse but these too leave you miserable.

The question is how do you find your life purpose?
According to the Journal of Positive Psychology, life purpose “is essentially about the future-oriented aims and goals that give direction to life.” 

The Success Magazine describes life purpose as “the point at which your talents, skills, abilities, and gifts intersect with a void or a need in the world around you.” 

The above two definitions agree that finding your life purpose is important. This is because finding the purpose of your life gives you a sense of direction. The above two statements further agree your life purpose is a gift to the world. This gift is what will drive you to deliver and attract success. It is a gift that will impact those around you and the world at large.

Understanding God’s purpose for your life will change the way we think, act, and even pray. So, the quest for your life purpose should absorb your time and energy.

How Can You Find Your Life Purpose?

The key to finding your life purpose is found in the Bible. 

The Bible teaches that life originated with God (Genesis 2:7). It is God who created life. So, life then can only derive its meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in God. No job, person, or thing can make your life more meaningful except God.

According to the prophet Isaiah, God created man for a purpose:

“Even every one that is called by My name: For I have created him for My glory; I have formed him; yea, I have made him,” (Isaiah 43:6,7).

You were created for God's glory. It is by seeking to glorify God in your life that you find your true worth and purpose. Your plans aren’t plans until you acknowledge God as the one who fulfills them.

One respected theologian put it this way:
“Our lives are restless until they find rest in you,” —  Augustine of Hippo
Yes, your life is restless until you find the Creator. You are restless until you find one who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

What Does It Mean to “Glorify God”?

According to one Christian blog, glorifying God means,
“Feeling, thinking, and acting in ways that reflect his greatness.” It follows then glorifying God is living a life of greatness. It is living a life that magnifies God in our feelings, thoughts, and actions."
To gain more insight into this subject we must first dig a little deeper into the background of Isaiah chapter 43 for clues.

For example, the text in question talks of the children of Israel as “a light for the nations” (Isaiah 42:6). The “nations” referred to are the surrounding Canaanite nations. They were steeped in heathenism with each tribe having an assortment of deities to which they prayed. The Canaanites had gods for all seasons and occasions. They had harvest gods, household gods, fertility gods, temple gods, and city patron gods.

The Canaanite worship experiences revolved around the shrines they had built at strategic places in honor of their gods. They stationed these shrines in elevated or “high places” on the mountain tops, hills, and valleys where they offered sacrifices including human sacrifices. They celebrated and glorified these fertility gods.

What Does It Mean to Be, "A Light to the Nations?"

It is in the midst of this spiritual darkness of paganism that God set apart the nation of Israel as “a light to the nations” to “glorify” Him.

The children of Israel were to magnify Yahweh far above all the Canaanite deities. Yahweh was to reign supreme in their everyday activities. It is only by living a righteous life - a life that glorifies God - were they to become “a light for the nations.” God would, in turn, respond to their faith-living by showering them with blessings both spiritually and materially. It was God’s desire that their lifestyles would draw the surrounding nations to the true worship of Yahweh. So, Israel was a nation with a mission - a mission to glorify God.

Is God Limited to a Certain Geographical Location?

Glorifying God is not limited to the tribe and nation of Israel the truth is the whole universe exists to glorify God. The Bible declares that all the created order exists to glorify God.

For example, the Psalmist says that the heavens glorify God:

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork,” (Psalm 19:1).

The beasts of the field give glory to God:

“The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,” (Isaiah 43:20).

The Psalmist calls on every living thing to glorify God:

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6).

And we are called to glorify God in everything you do:

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

So the above Bible verses reveal:
  • The heavens declare the glory of God
  • The beast of the field give God glory
  • Everything that has breath (every living thing) glorify God.
  • And we are to glorify God in whatever we do.
 So, it is true that everything was created to glorify God. Everything was created for His pleasure, including, man.

Set Apart for God's Glory

Just like Israel of old, God has chosen and set you apart for His own glory. God has a purpose for your life. You don’t live for yourselves; you live for God.

God created and redeemed you to feel, think, and act in ways that make Him supreme in your life. God made you for Himself and for His own pleasure.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created,” (Revelation 4:11).

Your life must pattern and exhibit the greatness and goodness of God. Your actions must reveal who God is and what He is doing in our lives. You must always seek God’s will and direction in matters of life -  whether eating or drinking or doing anything (1Cor 10:31). 

How then are you to exhibit God’s glory in your life? Not by works of the flesh but works of faith (works that emanate from faith) that God prepared for us in Christ:

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” (Ephesians 2:10).

You ask, "Does God have a purpose for my life?" Yes, God has a purpose for your life. The Bible teaches that God created you for His own pleasure to "declare His praise" (Isaiah 43:21). It follows then that God’s glory is the purpose of your life. You were created to reflect His loving character in your thought pattern, motive, and action. In order to excel in other areas of  you life God must occupy the first place in everything you do.
 
Always remember:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)

 

Read Next:
Here is a list of suggested books on finding God's purpose for your life:


Book Thumbnail for The Blessing of Adversity: Finding Your God-given Purpose in Life's Troubles by Barry C. Black

The Blessing of Adversity: Finding Your God-given Purpose in Life's Troubles by Barry C. Black


Do you feel like God has abandoned you? Do you feel like you are drowning through life's storms? Are you wondering how to anticipate, encounter, and grow, in adversity?

US Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black in this book shows you how you can turn your adversity into a blessing. And how the refining fires prepare you for your God-given purpose in life.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand God's purpose for his or her life.



Book thumbnail for God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions (Living with Purpose) by Rick Warren
God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions (Living with Purpose) by Rick Warren

Are there difficult questions you ask about God and life?

Rick Warren in this book shows that God is concerned with all our questions. He takes you through the difficult experiences of Biblical characters to help you understand how you can overcome your own challenges. At the end of each chapter, he gives you clear and actionable answers that you can apply in your daily life.

I recommend this book for your morning or evening meditation time.





Book Thumbnail The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness.
The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness.

Do you need a new way of thinking about life? Do you want to lead a meaningful and dedicated life for the glory of God?

In this book, Os Guinness gives you some thought-provoking and spirit-stirring insights about the call of God in your life. The insights will embolden, empower, and liberate you to live a life of purpose - glorifying God.

I recommend this book for your personal spiritual growth library.







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