“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
Our purpose in life is the very meaning of why we exist. Without knowing this we wander aimlessly through life ignorant of our true purpose. We try different things, but find no satisfaction in them. We wonder “what is my purpose?”
Scripture offers insight into man’s purpose on earth and how to live out that purpose according to God’s design. The key to knowing your purpose is discovering your identity in Christ. When you know who you are, and discover that you have been uniquely designed and gifted to fulfill a divine purpose you will stop struggling to accomplish your own plans and start pursuing God’s plan for you. “The purposes of God’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Prov. 20:5).
The Lord spoke to Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you, . . . . plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” We all desire to prosper in life. God created you uniquely to fulfill your destiny. His plans are not to harm you, but to prosper you and give you a hope and a future. We prosper as we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. We are His handiwork, created in Christ beforehand to do good works that have been prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10).
In 1995, God awakened a purpose in me that I did not know I had. A part of discovering my identity and purpose involved learning to live purposefully as a child of God with determination and resolve. It involved investing time, energy and resources that would ultimately produce a harvest in my life. It started out as a seed planted in good soil that had to be cultivated daily, believing it would yield a harvest pleasing to the Lord (Mk. 4:8).
As I matured I began to understand that the Creator strategically placed me at this time, in this generation, for His divine purposes. When you realize that you were created in God’s image with purpose, you begin to recognize there are secrets stored up inside you that the Father desires to reveal. The secret things belong to the Lord, the things revealed belong to us (Deut. 29:29). We are accountable for what He reveals to us. God planted secrets inside of you, talents, gifts, abilities, wisdom, creativity to create, and solutions to today’s problems divinely orchestrated and revealed in its proper season.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes. 3:1)
In the grind of day to day life and looking out for others, don’t overlook the importance of loving and taking care of the person God made you to be which is crucial to loving and caring for others.
All Scripture is taken from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.