So, a lot has been said about the importance of purpose discovery and pursuit, but how exactly can a person discover why he is on earth?
This question is one that readily confronts me when I get to share my life message with people. Unfortunately, however, I do not always have a straight-forward answer. I still don’t.
There is just no “how to” for the discovery of purpose. I do believe there are steps and guiding principles towards the discovery of your life assignment but there is no rigid way around discovering why you are on earth. Because only God can tell you why you are here, it always falls back on your relationship with Him, how you hear Him on several other matters and your readiness to be led by His Spirit. That is the baseline.
When gathering materials for this piece, I decided to discuss the topic with a couple of my friends who I know have discovered to an extent, their life assignments. Their responses can be summarised in that of Bamidele Jane Opeyemi published verbatim:
For a person in a confused state about his/her identity. The first thing is to assure such a person that he/she is already on the path to discovery; cos until you’re no longer able to tolerate a life of mediocrity you may not take it serious.
I’m afraid I may be sounding overly spiritual but having gone through the experience myself I can’t help but say every other method will fail for one whose goal is to please the Master.
Listening for his voice does not erase the need for quality planning. However, it all starts and end in God.
Having established that, you must allow the person to know that the question of purpose is bigger than him/her as such he needs a guide. And this guide is God (the manufacturer) who has the manual for his creation. He/she should consult with Him. All this appears abstract without a viable relationship with God and a consistent SECRET PLACE experience, as it will be revealed progressively that is, one day at a time.
I have summarised all that Jane said into two principles: Discover God; Discover Yourself.
Discovery of God
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels— everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. Colossians 1:15-17 MSG
In 3 REASONS FINDING PURPOSE STARTS WITH FINDING GOD, I established why I believe the discovery of Purpose starts with God. I stated three reasons why God-discovery is the rock upon which self and purpose discovery rest.
First, God is your Creator
Second, He is your source
Third, Purpose is about God not you!
To discover purpose, you must first discover God, or rather, key into God’s discovery of you. Do you have a relationship with God? Is Jesus your personal Lord and Saviour? Do you daily live and walk by the dictates of the Holy Spirit? How does God speak to you? These are issues you must first address.
God has designed you with your assignment in mind. You were designed to be assigned. Thus understanding your design is key to understanding your assignment. Rick Warren, in his best-selling book, Purpose Driven Life, talks about knowing your SHAPE. What are your gifts and talents? What does your heart beat seriously for? What experiences has life given you to make you who you uniquely are? I have written a piece on this on this platform before. You may see that here.
I should state at this point, that you must be careful of self-help books which tell you to look within for who you are and who you were created to be. I believe the right thing is to look up to God. Only in God can we find an accurate assessment of our abilities. Outside of God, our assessment is essentially flawed.
Only the manufacturer can tell you what a product can do. To know the purpose and capacity of a product, you must consult the manufacturer’s manual. To discover yourself and the purpose of your existence, you must bury yourself in God’s Word to understand who God says you are and what you are made up of.
The discovery of Purpose is essentially a gaining of understanding into why you are on earth. It is not entirely a matter of spending 40 days or more on one mountain in an ancient town. That may work for some but not all. Thus, any way you believe God speaks to you to shed light on your path is a way God can help you discover purpose.
Prayer, study, meditation and reading are basic ways God speaks to me by His Spirit. I discovered purpose by those means. You will have to discover and develop your ability to hear God. Of this I am certain, God is willing to talk to you about why He has placed you here and now!
Walking with God in obedience, and faithfulness is key to living fully to die empty. While understanding your life assignment is important, cultivating the habit of walking with God and living by His Word daily is hugely important for the maximisation of your potentials and the realization of your dreams. God will not lead you away from His Purpose for your Life!
Because I believe in the need for you to live in the Bible and visit many books, I love to recommend some books to people I speak with on this subject. I’ll be glad if you take this one step to discover the purpose of your existence by seeking understanding through your interaction with the Wisdom shared in the following books.
Purpose Driven Life- Rick Warren
S.H.A.P.E- Eric Rees
The Assignment- Mike Murdock
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