"What is my purpose?"
This is a question that we find ourselves asking often! Believers and unbelievers alike ask themselves this question: What is my God-given purpose? That's because each one of us is looking for our reason for existing. There is a desire within all of us, a longing, a need, not to to discover "a" purpose, but "our" purpose! We were hard-wired with that desire when we were created by God! We all want to believe that God has specifically designed us for a reason, for a mission that only we can accomplish!
Identity = Purpose
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, And before you were born, I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
Before you were even born, before you had any physical substance at all, God knew you! He knew you because you were a thought of God's; He knew you because He created you! Because our spirits were formed out of a thought of God, created out of His spirit, we are hard-wired to react to Him! Your spirit, your traits, your attributes, and your purpose were set forth by God in the beginning. Not only that, but you were created and formed in the image of God!
"For I know the plans that I have or you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
God has good plans for your life, not plans for tragedy, hopelessness, fear, or hurt! God has plans to prosper you, to accelerate you, to give you peace and happiness, to guide you into fulfillment and wholeness! When we discover who we are in Christ, we begin to find our purpose and design, our fulfillment. Not only were you created by God, but you were created for a purpose; there is a reason for your existence! That reason is to encounter the love of God; to worship Him, to fellowship with Him... and to administrate His specific design for your life here on earth.
"The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name Which the mouth of the LORD will designate."
Many times in the Bible, God would re-name someone in accordance with their purpose. When we aren't walking in the fulness of our identity and calling, God wants to rename us to remind us who we truly are, to launch us into a new season! God renamed Abraham and Sarah. He renamed Simon and called him Peter! He wanted Peter to know what he was truly called to do: to build the church, to be a solid rock! Jesus was saying: "Peter, you are a pillar of strength! You are going to be a father to many! You aren't unwavering, you aren't weak; you are stronger than you think!" Jesus gave him that word to sustain him in the future.
You Have a Scroll - Your Destiny is Written in Heaven!
I've heard the term "history maker" used quite often. Many of us desire to leave a legacy on earth, to make history here on earth. But in reality, we are history makers in heaven! Every action, every word we speak, every accomplishment and deed is written in heaven. Not only that, but our destiny is recorded on a scroll in heaven - before we ever accomplish what we were sent here for!
"You have seen my unformed substance, and in your book (scroll) were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious are your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" Psalm 139: 16-17
Think about that - God has a scroll of your life, in which all your days were ordained with intent, with an objective! God thinks about your life with care, with precision, and with hopefulness! God is love, and scripture says, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:7) God is hopeful for you and for your future! When it really dawns on us how loving God is, and how much he has planned for us, that is when we really begin to believe those things about ourselves! When we understand God's love and plan, we break through into our purpose with full force, confident in the support God's spirit gives us!
For Such a Time as This
I've heard people say, "I should have been born in this time period, or this decade." But did you know that God designed you for this very hour? You were chemically engineered and designed for a purpose in this era that only you can execute! Every day of your life has purpose - God is setting up divine appointments, kairos moments, and timely opportunities for you in each season of your life! The question is: Are we in tune with His spirit, so that we can recognize and discern those times and appointments?
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..." 2 Peter 3: 8-9a
Some may feel as if they have missed their purpose. Maybe you even feel as if there are years that have been wasted, or dreams that have gone unfulfilled and are unable to be retrieved. What I love about God is that he loves to supernaturally restore years, dreams, health, and time! To God, a thousand years is as a day! I've seen God supernaturally heal years worth of pain, in mere moments! There is no essence of time in heaven, not the kind of time we have here on earth!
"I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten..." Joel 2:25
God can and will restore all the lost years that the enemy tried to vanquish you! He tried to annihilate you (the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy) - but he could not stop you! God's spirit gives life - he can restore the purpose that you feel that you missed! Today is the day of salvation - and today is the day of destiny for you!
What do you see written on your destiny scroll? Have some of those things already been fulfilled? And what things still have yet to be accomplished?
"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14
Make these decrees with me: