Your god-given Purpose
“But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations when they came.” ~ Ezekiel 36:21
When it comes to the topic of wondering what our God-given purpose is, Ezekiel chapter thirty-six gives a pretty solid answer. Before we dig into Ezekiel, let’s take a moment to simply define what purpose means.
According to Dictionary.com
- : the reason for which something exists or is done
- : the reason for which something is made
- : an intended design
I’ve worked with people for years who are trying to answer this one, GIANT, question: “What is my purpose?” (I am no exception). Along the way I began to notice people become paralyzed with fear, obsessed with finding this ‘thing’ that they were placed on this earth for, jumping from church to church trying to find this sense of purpose. Did God really intend for it to be that difficult?
Ironically, the idea of finding purpose seems to cause many individuals to miss out on Living Life To The Fullest! We spend more time researching it, than actually living it.
If you are looking for some great inspiration about how you are special and how God has big plans for you, then you may be disappointed by this post. Now… I do believe that you are special and God definitely has big plans for you, but we may define these ideas differently. If you really want to know what scripture says about your purpose, then keep reading. You may find that your search is over and find yourself living with purpose in just a few moments.
Back to Ezekiel
In the book of Ezekiel, we find Israel in Babylonian Captivity because of their disobedience. God had chosen Israel to be His special people, His set apart people. He gave them provision, promise, protection, and inheritance. However, Israel began to serve idol Gods (anything that divides your heart or steals your affection and trust in God). They disobeyed the Torah (God’s Holy Laws). They even began shedding the blood of their own children. They broke the commandment to keep the Sabbath. The nation of Israel made a choice to step outside of God’s covenant of promise and the outcome is found in Ezekiel 36:18-20.
- So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’
The nations were mocking the people of God because God’s people were powerless. This meant the God of the Universe looked powerless in the sight of other nations!
What does this have to do with our purpose?
Ezekiel 36:21 is where we get to the topic of purpose. God says:
- “But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel has profaned among the nations to which they came.”
God is about to turn the tables and speak to Israel with some pretty amazing promises. It is within these promises that He answers this age old question: “Why Am I Here”? Let’s first look at what God says he is going to do:
- I will gather you from all of the countries and bring you into your own land
- I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be cleansed from all of your idol worship
- I will give you a new heart (a heart of flesh where God can write his Torah, God’s Holy Commands)
- I will put my Spirit within you (a helper that will empower you to keep the Torah, God’s Holy Commands)
- I will give you abundance
- I will cause waste places to be rebuilt
- I will make the desolate land like the Garden of Eden again
- I will increase my people
WOW! Just look at this list, isn’t this the Abundant Life, the Truly Fulfilled life? A life where people are empowered to follow God wholeheartedly and where there is increase and power in their midst.
Why Am I Here?
In the midst of all of these future promises (which we live in today, thanks be to Jesus) God answers this question:
- It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name…
- Then the nations around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined placed and replanted that which was desolate
We are here to make known the Glorious Power and Goodness of our God.
In the beginning: God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Partakers of the Divine Nature: Through the Holy Spirit we are partakers of a Divine Nature and because of this we are empowered to become more like Christ (the express image of God’s Glory). We add to our faith virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love… We become fruitful and God is seen and made known in our abundantly blessed lives.
You can start living with purpose right now
We were created to express the glory of God and the Holy Spirit is given to make this possible. Refer back to Ezekiel chapter 36 and consider the following:
- What did Israel do that caused God’s name to be profaned (weak, blasphemed, cursed…)?
- What did God promise Israel, in the future, that would enable them to follow His Torah (Holy Commands)?
- What would be the outcome of Israel obeying God and His ways?
- Through Christ, every race is welcome to partake in the promise of the Holy Spirit. What is your purpose as a Spirit-filled believer?
- What needs to happen today, for you to start walking in purpose?
In upcoming posts I will address “What is my calling”? and “What is my assignment?”. My desire is to release us from this undo pressure so that we can start living as the people the God created us to be.