After a long search for life’s purpose and true meaning, I have found that many people go back to living just the same way they were living prior to their discoveries. Methinks one reason for this lies in the confusion that surrounds the question of what is next to be done after discovery. What are the steps to be taken to begin the execution of your purpose? How do you start your pursuit?
To start with, it is important that you understand that your pursuit will be in three overlapping phases:
Preparation=>Pursuit=>Passing it On.
First, God begins to prepare you for the assignment He has called you to fulfill. Scripture talks about how King Solomon had stones used for the construction of temple finished at the quarry before they are brought to the temple site. (1 Kings 6:7) Then, God begins to inspire your heart to do some little things in the pursuit of your purpose. As you pursue your purpose, God expects you to invest in people and to be sure to pass the baton on before you bow out of the race.
Another point to be noted when you are considering what to do next after discovery is the progression of your influence. Gleaning from Christ’s instruction to the disciples about how they were to go about the sharing of their message, we can learn that there is an expected progression for our pursuit. The disciples were first to minister in Jerusalem, then all Judea, Samaria and then everywhere in the world. (Acts 1:8 CEV)
In like manner, our pursuits of purpose must begin in our Jerusalem where we are personally influential and little adjustments are necessary to impact lives around us. Then, we can progress to other places where we make cultural adjustments and make heavy financial and spiritual investments in our pursuits.
Finally, learn to start simple. It’s good to dream big, but the path to the fulfillment of our dreams consists of small acts. Jesus’ instruction to his disciples as he sent them on their first mission is instructive here.
“Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.” (Matthew 10:9-10 MSG)
If you have found purpose, and would like to talk to someone about it, as you plan your pursuit, I will be glad to hear from you. You can contact me and if you have been in pursuit, I really would love you to drop a word of advice for folks just starting. Your comment may help someone!