Path To Discovery
It seems the moment we become a believer in the Sonship of Jesus Christ we are told we have a purpose to our lives, and it’s our spiritual duty to discover what that purpose is. Once discovered, we can then spend the rest of our days accomplishing that purpose. Sounds simple enough and indeed it is, but sometimes we miss the forest for the trees.
We must keep in mind that God’s thoughts and His ways are higher than ours and we may never find all the answers. This is not to say that we shouldn’t pray for God to reveal our specific purpose, but that we must be patient until such time as He chooses to make the purpose known to us.
We know that Jesus’s purpose was to come to earth to be Savior to all who receive and believe. He showed us throughout His ministry that God’s purpose for specific events was to bring Him (God) glory.
Biblical examples include the story of the man who was blind from birth (John 9:1-3), the resurrection of Lazarus following four days in the tomb (John 11:38-40), and more. His disciples were charged with the specific purpose of healing and spreading the Gospel.
He Has Prepared good Work
In these events, we see the broad purpose God has charged us with: to glorify Him and make disciples. He also narrows purpose to the individual believer by preparing good works in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). He doesn’t always spell out what those good works are, but he does guide us thereby giving spiritual gifts that equip us for those specific works He prepared for each. In other words, unravel your spiritual gifts and you’ll discover your purpose.
While we may never know all that our purpose entails in this life, if we live for Christ and obey His commands, we will be fulfilling all that He has made known to us. Then, when our purpose is complete and we are called home, we will finally see clearly all the ways God used our gifts to accomplish His purpose specific to each of our lives. Until that time, we simply trust and obey.