God didn’t save us for nothing. He saved us for a purpose, a unique kingdom work that we alone can accomplish. God doesn’t leave out there floundering, or spinning our wheels. He equips us for that purpose.
Jesus says in John 15:16 hours before his arrest, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
Here’s my paraphrase: I am specifically, individually chosen by Jesus Christ to fulfill a particular kingdom work of eternal significance, and the Father will supply whatever I need to accomplish that task.
This means I have worth. I have purpose and I cannot fail.
Two disclaimers- 1. I am not special. That verse applies to you as well. 2. My failure is not necessarily a ‘purpose’ failure.
How do you find your purpose? Ask God. You can ask yourself some questions to bring His answer into sharper focus.
1. What Scriptures really touch your heart? Is there a common theme? A purpose could be in there somewhere.
2. What excites you? Makes you angry? Makes you cry? These are the things you’re passionate about. Purpose doesn’t come without passion.
3. Are you doing anything now that you can’t imagine NOT doing? If I had to give up writing… my sanity would be next to go.
I’ve said ‘a’ purpose more than once, but here’s where I weasel out of it. Our Purpose (with a capital P) is to be conformed to Christ. However, I believe God gives shorter term purposes (little p) that help us get there. Those purposes grow and change as we do. For instance, I don’t think writing was my purpose in college. It’s hard to say what it was then. I’m pretty sure I missed out on it, though. But these days, I write all the time.
There are no BIG purposes and little purposes with God. They’re all equal.
This is not meant to cause stress. If you have peace about what you’re doing, you’re probably fulfilling what God intends. Restlessness and dissatisfaction may be a nudge in another direction.