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!