THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE

When God showed up in Jeremiah’s life, what he told him was astounding. He said, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jer. 1: 5). Jeremiah today represents you and I. we are not mere biological creatures or even accidents. We were created intentionally to fulfil God’s will. Revelation 4: 11 says, “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.” We were and are created to give God pleasure and whatever we may be doing right now that does not glorify God shows that we are living purposeless lives.

Purpose is simply the reason, cause and motive for which something is created, exists or done. To discover the purpose of a product, one would have to check out the user’s manual which has been written by the manufacturer, stipulating the abilities of that particular product. A purpose driven life is that life that is lived under the influence, control, direction and manipulation of that particular purpose.

As a child of God, who is indeed born again, not after the will of man, nor blood but after the will of God (John 1: 13), It is note-worthy to know that nothing is more important than discovering and fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. You cannot create, design nor edit or redesign your purpose under God; you can only discover it and fulfil it.

How do I then discover my divine purpose?

  1. God’s purpose for your life can be discovered by ASKING. Matthew 7: 7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; …” If you sincerely ask God to reveal to you why He created you, he will let you in on it. Yes! Maybe not all of it at once but He will let you know it progressively as you walk with Him faithfully, hence, destiny discovery is a progressive process. The children of Israel were given the land of Canaan but they were to take over in bits because God did not want them to be overwhelmed by other factors such as them having to deal with wild beasts. The inhabitants of the land were only to be left there for as long as they were ready to take over. Purpose discovery and fulfilment is an exciting and fulfilling lifetime walk with God. At Saul’s conversion in Acts 9: 6, he asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” we too should be asking such questions these days.
  2. God’s purpose for your life can be discovered in the SPONTANEOUS UNEXPECTED DEMANDS MADE ON YOU. David only obeyed his father to take some loaves of bread to his brothers on the battle field when he heard the challenge of Goliath. Nobody invited him to fight but he suddenly felt responsible. While everyone was running away from facing Goliath, he felt like running towards him. He suddenly began to remember his exploits with lions and bears and concluded it was God training him for a day such as this. The Holy Spirit gave him a burning passion to see to the end of Goliath and even though it was strange, his response glorified God, saved Israel from reproach and made the day. Even Queen Esther felt that spontaneous urge. At first it was like a personal testimony to her since, as queen, she would be exempted, but with Mordecai’s words, in Esther 4: 14, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this,” she knew she only had the power to do something. She became so convinced of her purpose that she said in verse 16, “…I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” Once a man discovers purpose, he or she will be ready to die for it.

Why do many do not live a life of purpose?

  1. They are driven by fear of failure
  2. They are driven by the failures of their past. While it may be true that what we have become today is a product of all our past experiences, we must not agree to stay as prisoners of our past.
  3. They are driven by their quest for instant gratification. They want material things now and cannot pay the price to wait and work their way up.
  4. They are driven by the need for public approval. Purpose driven people are focused on glorifying God and are not necessarily mindful of what many men will have to say

Benefits of living a purposeful life

It gives meaning to your life. It defines what you would and would not consent to do. Daniel in living a purpose driven life purposed in his heart not to get defiled by certain food (Dan 1: 8). Discovery of purpose standardizes your life. It helps you to determine limits for your conscience. It motivates you in your pursuits and ultimately prepares you for eternity.

How do I know whether I am fulfilling God’s purpose?

  1. When everything you do becomes a worship of God, motivated by love, thanksgiving and delight.
  2. When loving other believers become a joy to you. (John 13: 34, Eph. 4: 2, 1John 4: 11)
  3. When you are committed to growing in Christlikeness.
  4. When serving God and your world with your talents and gifts become your constant joy (Eph. 4: 12) and
  5. When telling others about Jesus becomes a hobby and not a chore to you. When soul winning becomes your mission and passion.

Beloved, you are created for a purpose. Fulfill it in Jesus name.

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