For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 CSB
What questions do you need to ask to discover God’s purpose for your life?
If You Remember…
In my last post, I discussed why people tend to wander aimlessly through life as though it had no meaning. It’s because they have no vision. They can’t see that their life has any meaning beyond the daily grind. This is really sad on so many levels. The saddest thing of all is that these people take all the gifts, talents, anointing, etc., that the Lord has invested in them to their graves. The world is poorer as a result.
It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way
There is no such thing as a meaningless life in the Kingdom of God. Everyone who submits their life to Jesus Christ is called to fulfill a purpose. Our purpose is the unique role God has assigned us to play on the stage of His great story. God has good works for each one of us to do. These are beneficial acts of service designed to display God’s glory in the earth. The key is to discover our purpose so we can walk in it.
The Questions to Ask
There are four important questions that we need to ask in discoveing our purpose. Let me outline them for you.
- What moves you emotionally?
What makes you weep? Wherever you find your heart extending in compassion could be an indicator of where the Lord wants you to extend His healing and restoration. This could be toward orphans, the poor, sex slaves, refugees, the disabled, etc.
2. What makes you angry?
I’m not talking about the kind of anger that arises when your wife sends your favorite shirt to the thrift store, or when the kids track mud on your freshly mopped floors. What causes a slow burn of indignation to rise within you when you encounter it? God ordained anger could be an indicator of something the Lord has assigned you to correct. Some examples might be racism, sex trafficking, unfair labor laws, and the list goes on.
3. What makes you come alive?
Note this carefully: You will always have motivations and energy to fulfill your God-given assignment. Anything else will leave you feeling drained and exhausted. Take stock of what you love to talk about the most. What is it that you often find yourself day-dreaming about?
4. What do others say about you?
I’m not talking about what those people say who are trying to flatter you so they can use you for their own ends. Those with genuine spiritual discernment will see and acknowledge how God is moving in your life. What do people say most about you?
Discovering our purpose is a journey, not a destination. It is something that will gradually unfold as we diligently seek the Lord. Whatever you do, do not allow yourself to become frustrated or rush the process. Ask the questions and let the Lord steer you in the direction of your assignment. Discovering our purpose is a critical part of living in the Reign.