You are God’s masterpiece. He has created you anew in Christ Jesus, so you can do the good things he planned for you long ago. (Eph 2:10, Nelmes Translation)
Your good and beautiful purpose is found at the intersection of your identity in Christ, God’s universal design for all of us, and God’s unique design for you as an individual.
When you realize your purpose and make that purpose your life’s vision four things will begin to happen.
First, that vision will help bring your life into greater focus. You will live the words of Paul, “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT).
Second, your God given vision will bring endurance. Jesus never told us that life would be simple or easy. In fact he was blatantly honest and clear when he said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” Thankfully he didn’t end there! “BUT take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NLT). You can do ALL things in his strength (Philippians 4:13).
The third attribute to accompany your vision will be peace. When you know your purpose and who you belong to, fear will become a toothless adversary. You can be confident that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6). You also can believe that “God has not given (you) a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:7, NLT). He has already given you everything you need.
The fourth feature that you will see increase with purpose is passion. Jesus came to give you life to the fullest (John 10:10) which means life beyond your wildest dreams. No more “what ifs”, “should of, could of, would of,” or “wishful thinking.” Knowing your purpose in life moves you beyond the mundane and motivates you to live the life you were created for.
I challenge you to go out and get yourself a journal to record your journey of pursuing your purpose. Write down your dreams, your prayers, and what God speaks to your heart. Next, find someone who is willing to give a front row seat as your story continues to unfold on the stage of life. Discipleship is a journey for people to take together.
(PS – This entry was actually something I wrote to a dear friend about a year ago.)