In Seven Principles of Purpose, I noted that purpose discovery starts with God, particularly emphasizing that, contrary to what Self Help books tell us, the scriptures is clear about the fact that purpose discovery starts looking to God. For so many reasons, several people have a problem relating with this principle. For some, the idea that their pursuit may have started with a self-invented Purpose is just unimaginable. In February, Tope Akinola would be sharing tips on how to be sure the Purpose you have discovered is actually from God. So, watch out! Below are three reasons why Purpose Discovery must start with God. Understanding them should ultimately lead us to the realization that our lives are empty without the knowledge of God and His big plans for us.
1. He is your Creator
British Nobleman and philosopher, Bertrand Russell once noted that “unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purposes is meaningless”. If you are not one of the Evolution theory folks, you probably will not find it difficult to understand the fact that God is the Creator of all things. The scriptures provide abundant evidences to this fact.
Gen 1:1- In the beginning God created heaven and earth.
Gen 1:27- God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.
Neh 9:6 – You [GOD] made the heavens, the heavens of heavens, and all angels; the earth and everything on it, the seas and everything in them; You keep them all alive; heaven’s angels worship you!
Ps 139:13- For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Ps 100:3- Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, we are his flock.
John 1:3 – Everything was created through him; nothing — not one thing! — came into being without him.
Col 1:6 – For by [Jesus] were all things created.
Rev 4:11- “O Lord, you are worthy to receive the glory and the honour and the power, for you have created all things. They were created and called into being by your act of will.”
Being our Creator gives God the right of determining why he created us. He alone can tell us why. It also implies that because we did not create ourselves, we will give account of how we use our lives. The only way to discover yourself is to discover your creator. You cannot make much sense out of life if you do not know yourself. Only your creator truly knows you, because no one knows a product like its manufacturer.
2. He is your source
Asides, being man’s creator, God is also man’s source. When God created all things in Genesis, he spoke to various parts of the created earth to produce the animals and plants. He spoke to the sea to produce the fishes. He spoke to the air to be filled with birds, he spoke to the land to be filled with animals. But when God made man here’s what he did:
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth [Gen 1:26 AMP]
God spoke to Himself. God is our source. It was and is in Him that we were created. This implies that your potentials are a function of your source. The quality and quantity of your productivity depends on your connectivity to your Source.
Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. [Col 1:16b MSG]
Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing. If anyone separates from me, he is thrown away like a useless branch, withers, and is gathered into a pile with all the others and burned. [John 15:5-7 TLB]
Because God is your source, you can only discover God when you are connected to him.
3. Purpose is about God not you!
It is not for a product to decide what its Purpose is because it is not about it at all but about the desires of the Manufacturer. Rick Warren wrote:
“God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about Him. His purpose for your life predates your conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don’t get to choose your purpose.”
You were made by God and for God. Your purpose is not about you. It is all about God. That is why you can only know your purpose by asking God.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. [Phil 2:13 NIV]
In summary, Your Life will have no meaning without a relationship with God, because He is the only One who knows why He conceived you. Unfortunately, a relationship with God isn’t natural to man anymore because of the gap Sin has put between man and his Creator .But God has a plan for redeeming man and restoring him to a relationship with Him. If you don’t have a relationship with God yet and you want to start one now, below are five steps you can take:
- Accept that you are a sinner- Rom 3:23
- Confess your sins to God- Rom 10:9
- Believe that God loves you and has a purpose for your life and that He will forgive all your sins
- Receive God’s offer of Redemption through Christ- John 3:16; John 1:12.
- Pray to God professing your confession.
If you just decided to start a relationship with God, you are now ready to discover and start living fully to die empty. It is necessary that you tell someone about your decision. You need support. Just like every relationship requires commitment, you need to be committed to your relationship with God, making efforts to grow.
Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvellous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends. Acts 20:32 MSG