May 28, 2017
FAQ: “What Is My Purpose?”
George Washington Carver
No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.
Noun: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Verb: have as one's intention or objective
Why do we need a purpose?
First of all, God Created Us for Purpose. Wouldn’t it make sense to find out your purpose from the one who created you? When we look at others and see what they are doing and our goal is to be just like them…we are missing God’s purpose in our life.
- God didn’t create a ‘unique’ YOU just so you can be like someone else. He created YOU for a unique purpose that only YOU can fulfill.
- In other words, you don’t have to look at others to define YOUR purpose. You simply need to look to God..your creator.
You can make many plans,
but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
- Our plans may look good on paper, but in the end, when we submit to God, His plan will always win out.
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[c] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
- What this verse doesn’t say “I know God and I have given my life to Christ so that everything will always work out”
- What this verse DOES say, “ I know God and I have given my life to Christ so when I’m living out my purpose that He created me for, everything works out. [it’s a subtle difference – elaborate]
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
- A Masterpiece. That’s what God creates. You are not a practice piece, a throwaway, an experiment. You are a uniquely created masterpiece with a purpose that only YOU can fulfill.
Secondly, having purpose keeps our priorities in order
When you have a purpose, your priorities change to point you to it.
You put aside, or give up those things that keep you from reaching.
It challenges us to reach our potential
We put a man on the moon.
From John Maxwell:
In 1961, John F. Kennedy stood before Congress and made the following statement: “By the end of this decade, we’ll put a man on the moon”. The problem was, this technology didn’t exist yet.
Charles Garfield began to watch those who worked for the Apollo mission project. That project lasted a decade, as America began to put their energy and time and effort and money into putting a man on the moon.
Charles Garfield said something quite significant. He said, “Those who were in the Apollo mission were just average people with average goals, with an average performance record. But the moment they had this purpose of putting a man on the moon, average people began to perform above average. They began to work longer hours; they began to pay a greater price”.
And he began to walk through and ask them, “Why is it that you, who have all of your life been content to a 40 hour week now work a 60-hour week? Why is it that your performance is now just excelling and your production is increasing?” And he said “I got the same answer everywhere I went. They would look at me and say, ‘We’re going to put a man on the moon’”.
- They were consumed with the meaning; consumed with the significance. There was a purpose that grabbed their imagination, held them tightly and would not let them go.
- This is what purpose does.
- And God’s purpose for us is so much more that going to the moon.
It keeps us strong in our current situation
When we know that we have yet to complete our purpose, it gets us through times of difficulty.
We can reflect on what our purpose is
Push forward to reach it instead of giving up and staying where we are at.
Motivation – Just like those who were asked to put a man on the moon, our motivation is that our life’s purpose is so much more than existing for a while and then dying. God created us for eternal impact, not just temporary wins.
Moses had the motivation to lead a people through the wilderness because he knew his purpose. He WAS living in royalty in Egypt. He could have lived the GOOD life. But these were not God’s plans for him.
A young woman was motivated to pour expensive perfume on the feat of Jesus (and was ridiculed for it) because her purpose was clear…She needed to anoint a King!
Peter was motivated to look past his self-pity after denying Jesus 3 times….because he knew his purpose was larger than his failure.
Paul, Despite being beaten with rods 3 times, handed over to be stoned at least once, shipwrecked not once, but 3 times, and imprisoned for years…his purpose was clearly in view and he would not stop until he crossed the finish line.
So how do I know what my purpose is?
Start by asking yourself:
What am I good at?
What is it that I long to do?
What do I hear others say about me?
What is going on right in front of me?
Once you start answering these things, then put it into context.
Is it temporal or Eternal?
[we discussed this last week]
Is it a life altering?
We were designed by God to do GREAT things for His kingdom.
Don’t sell yourself short.
Does your purpose include others?
Doing things for our benefit will please at least 1 person during our lifetime. However, once you are gone, there is no legacy to your purpose
Our purpose must include others.
Leave a mark!