PurposeDiscovery

ABOUT THE MANY CATEGORIES OF PURPOSE

Recently, a friend asked a question in a Whatsapp group I belong to about Primary and Secondary purposes. Apparently, someone had taught, mentioned or implied that such categories of purpose exist. I responded that while I was not familiar with such categorization, I am aware of another categorization (for want of a better word) of purpose into General and specific purposes.

What I want to do in this piece is to share with you my thoughts on this subject. I have met too many people who have become confused about this issue and I think it is time I provided some clarity for such people.

First of all, the idea of categorization of purpose stems from another question that often bothers people about purpose. I have been asked a number of times if a person can have more than one purpose. From my interactions with people who ask this question, I have seen that they are generally unclear about this because from their analysis of their gifts and passions, they have realized that they are capable of achieving more than one thing with their lives. This is why purpose discovery is beyond the analysis of your gifts, talents, passions and experiences. Purpose discovery must begin and end with God. He is our Creator. He is the One who can tell in specific terms why He has put each of us here. Our gifts, talents, passions and experiences can only be pointers, they are not enough to ground our discovery without a revelation from God as to why He put us here.

My answer to the question of whether a person can have more than one purpose has always been that I believe God had one specific thing in mind when He created you and I think this is consistent with Scriptures. I have not seen anyone in scripture who had two purposes. It may require a depth of clarity to see the unity in their purposes, but I encourage you to take your time to study. You will find that men in scriptures were not jumping from one purpose to another neither were they running with different purposes. God is not the author of confusion.

It may be helpful to understand that your purpose is like a tree. Its root may extend to several places, it may have many branches, yet it is still one tree. Again, understanding how the different discoveries you have made about your life unify into one may require a depth of clarity but it is not out of your reach. I have personally walked several people through the process. It is amazing when you realize how all the pieces fit perfectly into one thing your whole life can be about.

Let me close by sharing some thoughts about the three dimensions of your purpose. I prefer to use the word “dimensions” rather than “categories” because I find it more apt in this context. First, there is the ULTIMATE purpose of every man which is about God’s dominion mandate to mankind i.e. to extend the influence of God’s Kingdom to every part of the Earth. Second, there is the GENERAL purpose of every believer (I hope you notice the specificity) which is to glorify God through worship, service, missions, discipleship and fellowship with other believers. Lastly, there is God’s SPECIFIC purpose for your life which is your unique way of fulfilling the Ultimate and General purposes by expressing your unique gifts, talents, personality, experiences and passions.

See, there is nothing complicated about why God has put you here. I recommend that you read this piece about the Kingdom to understand the Ultimate dimension of your Purpose and then read Rick Warren’s classic, Purpose Driven Life to understand its General dimension. My whole life work is to help you discover your purpose in its specific dimension. I believe I have shared a lot of actionable content to assist you in this journey and I certainly will do more.

Today and always, my prayer for you is that God’s light will shine on your path to give you clarity and precision about why you are here.

How have you found this helpful? Blessed? Please let me know in the comment section.

You matter to me always.

I call you blessed.

PurposeDiscovery

Finding Yourself, Filling Your Space

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Sometimes ago, I read the story of a certain woman who spends about #420,000 monthly to look like Kim Kardashian. She believes that there is a seemingly insatiable appetite out there for Kim. If she succeeds in looking like her, she’ll start getting paid to act like her at events.

This may be a fantastic idea in the Western culture which is all about making celebrities out of every one who can pay the price. But it definitely makes little or no sense here in Nigeria. How would I pay someone to act like Genevieve Nnaji for instance in my son’s birthday?

Now, it is my understanding from my interaction with people that many of us lack the knowledge of our true identity and spend a lot more than  #420,000 trying to be who we are not. We go around wearing masks, hiding our true selves while we run around acting other people because we lack knowledge of who we truly are. Many of us are victims of a massive and gross identity theft!

We spend so much to buy what we do not need to impress people we do not even like. We trade our uniqueness for the opinion of people simply because we are not aware of who we truly are- who we were created to be and why we are here in the first place.

The key to living a life of impact and leaving our footprints in the sands of time lies in the understanding of our identity and purpose. Without the knowledge of who we truly are, we cannot release and maximise our full potentials. Without the knowledge of our purpose, we become victims of life’s greatest tragedy.

So, how do we find our true selves and fill the space we were created to fill? I believe the answer can only be found in The Creator’s manual for life. We are not products of a big bang incident. We have a creator and He alone can tell us why and who He created us to be. No one knows a product more than its manufacturer. Thus, it is in our relationship with God that we find our true selves and understand our purpose.

What God says about us is the only valid authority on who we are. We must not settle for counterfeit when we can be original. It is by the understanding of ourselves, which we get from our interaction with God that we can fully realize what we are capable of doing and why we are here.

Who you are is a great pointer to why you are here. As you understand your Personality, Abilities, Compassion and Experiences, you can set your P.A.C.E, and fill your space.

This week, I encourage you to take strategic steps to find and accept your true identity by relating with your creator. Understand your purpose and fill your unique spot. Be yourself, everyone else is taken!

Blessed? I’ll love to hear from you. Please leave a comment!

You matter to me always!

 

PurposeDiscovery

Dead or Alive?

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Background image by Don Bello Photography via flickr.com

In my last post, I attempted to redefine and clarify what purpose really means. I said that purpose simply is your role in God’s global plan for mankind as He reconciles men to Himself through Jesus. If you think about this, you may realize that purpose is like a tree with three branches.

The first branch is God’s ultimate purpose for mankind which is clearly established in scripture as exercising dominion on earth to give effect to the Kingdom idea of colonizing the earth for Heaven.

The second branch is the general purpose of God for every believer which are to give glory to God, to belong to His family, to become like Christ, to serve with your gifts and to spread the message of the Good News as explained in Rick Warren’s all time classic, Purpose Driven Life.

The third branch is your specific purpose which is the specific, unique and personal purpose God had in mind which He made you to fulfill according to his general and ultimate purpose for us.

While the first two branches are clear, understanding the third is what usually seem difficult for most people. But like I said last week, to understand your specific purpose, you need to have a relationship with God.

The details of your specific purpose are not hidden from God. After all, your purpose is His intention. The problem then can only be with your ability to receive the knowledge of what God intended.

Now, scripture says clearly that only the spirit of a man can tell you his thoughts. Thus, only by God’s Spirit can we have access to God’s thoughts and plans for us. You don’t find your purpose lying around on the surface. But you can find it as God’s Spirit brings them all out into the open before you.

 What then is the real problem? The unsaved self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gift of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Only when we are spiritually alive, can we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing.  (1 Corinthians 2:10-16 MSG)

So, before you can find your purpose, you have to be spiritually alive. Religion cannot get this done for you. In fact religion thrives on your spiritual death. Only by faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection can you be spiritually alive!

If you are out there seeking the discovery of your purpose, I’ll like to invite you to respond to God’s offer of a relationship with Him. You receive this offer simply by believing with your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus died for you and on the third day, he was raised from the dead to make you spiritually alive. Once you do this, you now have a relationship with God and have received the gift of His Spirit by whom you can find and fulfill your specific purpose.

I call you blessed!