How Can I Know My Purpose?

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:31 NLT)

What does the verse above mean? It essentially means that whatever we do – in our home, in private or in public, at work, at play – WHATEVER we do and WHEREVER we do it, it should reflect the character of Jesus, enabling us or whomever we may be with, to sense the glory, the presence, of God.

So how has the Lord equipped and gifted you? What are you passionate about? What are you really good at? What gives you satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment? Do you like to take orders or give them? Do you like to lead or follow? Do you like to invent a way or follow a prescribed way? Do you like people or would you rather go it alone? These things aren’t a means of defining your “calling,” but they might well be an avenue to more sharply defining how God has designed you to fulfill your purpose, your mission on earth, because of your calling to be His child.

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Your truly “Happy Place” will only be found in your “all-in” response to become God’s child through faith in His only Son, and pursuing with your whole heart, Christ’s mission on this earth. Being a pastor for many years was fulfilling and I believe it was exactly God’s purpose for me. But since I’ve been retired it’s as if I’ve been set free to focus exclusively on what God wired me to do – love Him without reservation, and serve Him boldly as I love those He puts in my sphere of influence.

There are many genuine responsibilities that tug, not only on your heart, but your time, money, and energy. Your vocation, family, personal interests, recreation and on and on it goes until at the end of the day you collapse into bed wondering whether or not you’ve actually accomplished anything of eternal value that day. Been there!

One day, sooner than you can imagine, you’ll stand on the threshold of eternity looking back over the “blip” that was your life. The only thing – the ONLY thing – that will matter on that day is “Did I respond to Jesus’ call on my life to follow Him, and how effectively did I accomplish the purpose/mission I was put on this planet to carry out?”

I invite you to follow Him, love Him without reservation and find the fulfillment in your life you never imagined you could find. He’s the Treasure you seek, and His love will revolutionize your life. Trust Him. Love Him. Follow Him. He IS your calling. He IS your purpose.

Contrary to many people’s opinion, under most circumstances you don’t have to make a decision between God OR career; God OR family; God OR recreation, etc. The beauty of walking with Jesus, that I’m now discovering in such good and satisfying ways, is that Jesus is walking with me NOW, in this moment, WHATEVER I’m doing, WHOMEVER I’m with, as long as my heart is beating to please and honor Him. My happy place has a name. His name is JESUS!

Do you know Him? If you’re not ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE, please click the link and make certain 

Blessings, Ed 😊

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