“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
God has a purpose, a reason, for your life. One purpose is to know His love, to receive it and to share it. We have a purpose in existing as a child of God in a relationship with our Father. This purpose is also our identity – who we are in Him.
In Psalm 139 we see that God formed us with a unique design. There is no one else like us! Each one of us is special, set apart, and different from anyone else. Science has discovered that no two fingerprints are alike, no two patterns of eyes are the same, and even on a molecular level, our DNA can identify us from the hair or cells we leave behind. We see our unique design in our fingerprints, eyes, and DNA – these things are only indicators of our unique God has made us in personality, talents, creativity, perspective, and understanding. Not only are we different in our makeup, but God also strategizes the specifics of where to place us, how to connect us, when to release us, and how to equip us. We have a purpose in being who we are.
God also gives purpose for our life in giving us something to do. We can find great fulfillment in accomplishing something beneficial to God and to others. With the unique way God made us, He planned on us doing something special with the gifts He gave us. “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.” Psalm 20:4
Our purpose is not just about us. Our purpose is a part of God’s greater purpose. Our purpose is also interwoven with the purpose of the people around us, the people who went before us, and the people who will come after us. We share a common purpose, a corporate purpose, in life.
“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” II Timothy 1:9
Some of our gifts are obvious, but many are treasures that are waiting to be discovered. As we continue to know God more, we also get to know ourselves more. Our purpose is revealed in the time we spend with God.
Application: When you pray, ask the Lord to reveal more of His purpose – who you are, what you do, and how our purpose entwines with others. Pray about your life, the lives of those connected to yours, and the purpose He has in His kingdom