Thursday, May 31, 2012

On Purpose, For a Purpose, Because of a Purpose

You were created ON purpose, FOR a purpose, BECAUSE of a purpose.

That’s a whole lot of purpose!

You were first created on purpose.

God had a specific idea in mind when He created you. He’s given each of us special gifts, talents and personalities that are as unique as our own fingerprints.  The Bible says that God has gifted His people with different designs. In Romans 12:4-6, it says:

“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well…”

What is it that YOU do well? What gifts do you have that come recognizably easy to you? Do you sing well? Paint beautiful pictures? Accurately crunch numbers? Cook some of the best food that keeps bringing people back for more? Design spaces that come to life from your imagination? Play sports well? Play an instrument well? Have a knack for mixing chemicals or maybe for making films? Do you always know what to say when a friend is down or know how to sell a product well?

What is it that makes you “tick”? What innate skills do you enjoy doing that you do well at or notice the potential to do well at? Answering this question will help to answer why you were created. It’s been said  { I do not know who said this } that there are two most important days of your life. The first is the day you were born and the second is the day that you discover WHY you were born. God has weaved the beautiful blend of who you on purpose. It wasn’t a random chance happening that you are the way that you are and that you have the gifts you have. He planned it. And as with everything that God has created, He says, “It is Good.”

You were secondly created for a purpose.

Okay, so God has given you certain gifts and abilities and a unique personality that’s one of a kind. But what good are those things if they can’t be applied? It’s like having a bag of tools to use, but no direction on what to do with those tools. But never fear! God is a master carpenter and He has provided a blueprint or a guideline of what you should be doing with those gifts and talents!

When you think back through your life, what are some repeating themes that stir your heart and your soul? Is it a desire to see justice in the world? Is it a burden for the sick? The poor? The lost? Have you always wanted to see people being the best “them” that they can be? Do you grieve when you hear about children bullied at school, kidnapped or hurt? Do you want to see other people succeed? Do you want to see the world put in order?

What is it that drives and motivates you? What stirs your heart? If you could define one word that identifies what message you want to bring to the word, what would it be? Would it be “inspire?” Would it be “comfort?” Perhaps, “Motivate,” “Entertain,” or “Protect” might be your 1 word? When you can take your life experiences and nail them down to 1 word, it will help you to identify HOW you can achieve your purpose. 

Remember: The gifts, talents, abilities, personality, etc. that God has given to you are TOOLS in your life, but they are not your calling. Your calling can best be defined where your talent and your passions intersect.

God created you because of a purpose:

When Jesus was here on earth, He lived out God’s purpose for His life—to live a sinless life and die on the cross and raise to life for the forgiveness of sins and the redemption of mankind. He knew that His purpose was to love and serve God with His life.

The Bible says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind……” –Matthew 22:36-39. It also says in verse 39-40, “And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

God’s main purpose for our life is to love and serve Him and the second is to love people. When we can understand that this is our main purpose in life, everything else starts to fall into place. We see that our main purpose in life is to love and serve God and we accomplish this by utilizing the gifts and talents { the tools } He gives to us and fueling them with the desires and passions He’s given { our calling or life message }. God gives us the strength to use these things in our lives and He gives them power to become useful.

He has a purpose for your life. Let Him use you in the way He created you. Worship, serve and honor Him with the gifts He’s given you as a gift back to Him.

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