Before we continue with “Day 2” of our study on priorities, we need to talk about purpose.
What’s your purpose?
Why are you alive?
Have you ever taken time to stop and consider these things?
If you haven’t, or even if you have, I challenge you to take the time today to evaluate your relationship with God and its impact on your life. Seek God for direction and make a purpose statement.
A purpose statement for life is important for so many reasons. It will help you stay focused, effective, and committed. It will enhance your relationship with God and it will help you make good, healthy decisions. because it will keep everything in perspective.
There are different levels of purpose, though. There’s an overarching purpose that applies to everyone. I rather like the way the Westminster Catechism puts it: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
However, each person is NOT the same in what that actually looks like. In 1 Corinthians 12, we learn that just as a body has different parts with different skills and purposes, so do we as Christians – however, we all work toward one greater goal and purpose; that is, to glorify God and enjoy Him.
Now this next part is very important: your personal purpose statement is NOT to be determined by what you want, feel, dream, and want to achieve. It MUST flow out of your relationship with God and his call in your life.
That’s not to say that God’s purpose for your life will make you miserable; not at all! There’s almost always an overlap with our desires and skills and God’s purpose for our lives. However, we’re not to use our own reasoning or desires to determine our life’s purpose, but God’s. God is the one who created us and He knows us and He knows where we fit and why. We must let Him lead us to our purpose. That purpose starts in the Body of Christ (the church), as that is where our talents and skills and passions can be fully expressed and enjoyed, since that is the context for which we created. But then it overflows into other areas of our lives, as well.
Once you know this purpose for your life, I have one more challenge! I want you think about each role that you have in life. Daughter, mother, sister, friend, aunt, etc., and, in light of the general purpose of your life, and then the specific calling and purpose of your life, I want you to identify your individual purpose as each of those roles.
Here’s how it breaks down:
My ultimate purpose: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever!
My personal purpose: to minister to women by sharing the hope and power of the gospel and training them to have a productive relationship with Christ.
My individual purposes:
- As a daughter: to honor, respect, and encourage my parents.
- As a friend: be faithful to encourage and challenge my friends to know Christ better.
- As a co-worker: to show kindness, patience, and respect with those I work with.
I issue this challenge now because it’s impossible to learn how to prioritize your life or your days if you don’t know what you’re living for, what your purpose is, or what God’s will for your life is all about.
Take the time to seek God, pray, and identify these things. You won’t regret it. Take the time upfront and it will save you so much pain, confusion, and frustration in the long-run.
In a word: passionate. About Jesus, church, ministry, music, reading, family, friends, and sometimes even iced skinny soy mochas.