Everyone has a natural desire to find their purpose. We often associate purpose with moving in the right direction, finding our way toward perfection. The problem is that we are only human and have sins and missteps that keep us from being perfect. There is a reason that we can only find our purpose in God; He is the only source of perfection in a world of uncertainty. We can feel guilt over past actions, but God uses adversity for good to define, ignite, move us toward our purpose. God wastes nothing; no heartache, setback or disappointment is too great for God to use for His glory.
If you struggle with your past and finding your purpose, you’re in good company. The apostle Paul struggled with the same topics. He shared his personal struggles in his letters to the Corinthian church, stating:
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
(2 Corinthians 12:8-10, NIV)
Paul’s exact weakness is unclear. Some theologians believe he’s talking about his sin struggle while others believe it refers to his gradual vision loss. Regardless of the subject matter, Paul understood he was far from perfect, but knew that Christ’s power made up the difference. It was in this humility that he has been able to speak to Christians for nearly two thousand years, fulfilling God’s purpose for his life.
So how do we find our purpose? The easiest way to find out what you’re created for is to look at the greatest desire within your heart. Write down 5 or 6 things you would do for free if you could. Of this list, which desires could be used to empower the people around you? Your purpose may very well lie within one of these subjects.
Now think of what it would take to make your passion a reality. What would you need to learn, sacrifice, or invest to accomplish this purpose? Pray for discernment in this area and ask for God’s wisdom. Remember that first and foremost, you should live by God’s principles. It is by His principles that we grow with each step. He will lead us to our passion in our lives. When you find your purpose and fulfill your destiny, you can be used by God for amazing things!
“But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.” (Acts 26:16, KJV)
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