One thing all believers have in common is that we all received a ring. We were all called from darkness into God’s marvellous light. Check out 1 Peter 2:9 and this AH-MA-ZING spoken word piece for more on this. We are all called to bring glory to God, in fact we were created for this.
We were called to one God and we all have one ultimate goal – His glory alone. However, every believer has a task specific to him or her. There is a special something God has set aside for you to do. We were made for a purpose, saved for a purpose and we are alive for a purpose. Nothing God does is random or without purpose and meaning. My mom told me the other day that “the only sure way to measure success is by asking if you have become what God made you to be.” I totally agree.
Knowing one’s purpose is extremely important. Our purpose goes beyond our profession. Profession ideally should be a means to achieving one’s purpose but there is more to the matter. We’ll talk more on that in future posts, God willing. For now, suffice it to say that if you want to know God’s purpose for your life, you need to ask Him. He knows, He created you! So He is the best person to tell you why He chose to create you. I do not believe discovering that one’s purpose is something that can be accomplished in a rush. You need to be prepared to wait on God. I’m talking that distraction free space, pen and paper in hand kind of waiting. 🙂 If you genuinely want to know what your purpose is and you are committed to working at fulfilling it, God will surely reveal it to you. Fortunately for us, God is not like king Nebuchadnezzar who asked his magicians to interpret his dream but refused to tell them what the dream was and threatened to kill them if they failed to interpret his dream correctly. LOL. You can read all about that in Daniel 2.
Once God reveals your purpose to you, face it. Not in your own power (it won’t work), but with the power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t distract yourself by examining the lives of other believers and wondering why they are not living in line with the call you received. This really hit home for me a few days ago when I read John 21:21 – 22. In the preceding verses, Jesus had just informed Peter of His mission. Peter then turns around, sees John, the disciple Jesus loved and asks “But Lord, what about this man?” Hahaha. I found that quite amusing. Especially because so often, I’m guilty of doing the exact same thing. Seeking to compare my mission to that of others. Wanting to know what God is demanding from the next person when He asks me to do a particular thing. Jesus’ reply to Peter is apt. He said “If I will that he remain til I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” GBAM! LOL. Jesus said it all, really.
At the end of the day, we must remember that we will all give account to God. With that in mind we should seek to please Him before all others. May we all discover our purpose and labour at it while we can. May we all hear Him say to us “well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen?