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Do you ever feel lost, wondering what God’s purpose for your life is? You’re not alone. Many people struggle to understand why they are here and what they should be doing. The good news is that as children of God, we don’t have to wander aimlessly. Our creator has a specific design and purpose for each of us.
When we trust in Christ, the Bible says we become “new creations” (2 Cor. 5:17). God has prepared good works for us to do (Eph. 2:10), but we have to slow down and listen to His direction to discover them. He made you the way you are for a reason and wants to use your unique talents and abilities to make the world a little better.
So how can you unlock your God-given potential?
Examine How God Carefully Designed You
The first step is looking inward at how “fearfully and wonderfully made” you are (Ps. 139:14). God intricately wove together your body, soul, and spirit. He gave you specific capabilities, passions, and perspectives no one else has in just the same way. When you feel insignificant or flawed, remember that you bear the thumbprint of the Creator.
Too often we waste energy wishing we had someone else’s gifts and talents. But that’s foolishness since trying to be someone else will only lead to frustration.
After all, you cannot be them!
God needed you to be you so His divine purposes on earth can be accomplished.
When we take time to appreciate how we’ve been carefully formed, it’s easier to eliminate negative self-talk and see ourselves as God does – His precious, one-of-a-kind children.
Understand You Were Created with a Specific Purpose
Have you discovered your God-ordained purpose yet? We all have a unique Kingdom assignment based on how God wired us. Your life experiences, natural abilities, spiritual gifts, and passions all point to how He wants you to serve.
However, because of sin, it’s easy to get off track from what God originally intended. For example, the apostle Paul thought his purpose was destroying the early church. But after his radical conversion, he discovered God actually created him to advance the Gospel (Galatians 1:13-16).
Like Paul, the more we yield control of our lives to Christ, the more our true calling comes into focus. As we let God recalibrate our hearts, He faithfully guides us toward the good works He prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
Make Serving God Your Life’s Priority
Once you determine your God-given assignment, get busy fulfilling it! You have limited time here on earth, so make your service to the Lord an urgent priority. Don’t fall into the trap of constantly postponing it for someday. Our days fly by quickly (Psalm 144:4), and before you know it, advancing age or declining health may prevent you from seizing missed opportunities.
Serving God should permeate every sphere of your existence – your family, workplace, community, and church. He has called all of us into active ministry, not just vocational pastors (1 Peter 4:10). You likely won’t do this perfectly since we’re works in progress this side of eternity. But keep taking steps of faithful obedience,asking God to use you each day in whatever way He chooses.
When your life radiates the love and message of Jesus wherever you go, you’ll experience God’s affirming presence and the deep fulfillment that comes from walking in His purposes.