Don’t get paralyzed by purpose
A few weeks ago I wrote about our God-given purpose, and that fact that we don’t need to get stuck searching for it. After decades of working with people, I have discovered the way we present living a purpose-driven life has created an unnecessary burden. People actually get stuck on this topic and time continues to slip away. I’m going to say something and you may dislike me because of it… your not really that special and neither am I, and neither are your kids. The thought that we all have this “bigger than life” purpose is actually stealing the grand purpose within our ordinary lives. Here is what I mean:
:: Holding out for the “top of the ladder” vs. starting small, Instagram famous vs. known and respected by the few that are physically around me, God wants me to be heard by thousands vs. God wants to use my voice to bless my home, My gifts are special vs. my gifts simply support the work that God places in front of me, Doing something really grand vs. simply doing the next right thing… I think you get the idea.
I want to help release us from this paralysis
I created this graphic to help define a few terms that seem to float around, and often times get misused.
- PURPOSE: Our purpose is to glorify God. It does not matter what job you are doing, what your season of life is, where you live, who you live among…our purpose is to glorify God, as we walk on the path laid before us. Read More. Ezek. 36:22 , Habakkuk 2:14
- CALLING: This word can be translated to “invitation”. What have you been invited into? Ephesians 2:12 – 13 says that we were invited into the Covenant of Promise, to partake in the Commonwealth of Israel. Later in Ephesians we are instructed to walk worthy of our calling. Now that we know what our calling is, we understand that we are to walk worthy of the Covenant of Promise. Jesus shed His blood so that we could enter into the Covenant of Promise (more about this topic later). Ephesians 2:12 – 13
- GIFTS AND ABILITIES: We are born with natural gifts and abilities, we are also entrusted with Spiritual Gifts through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. These gifts and abilities are not the definition of who we are (though I would argue they do play a part in our identity). Gifts and Abilities support our purpose, as a pat of the body of Christ. Sometimes we need help discovering our strengths and limitations… this is why I created Becoming Who God Created Us To Be (Read More) Found throughout the Bible: some examples are in Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Corinthians 12
- ASSIGNMENTS ALONG THE WAY: As we walk this path of purpose, God opens doors for us to walk though, He shuts other doors, and we all go through different seasons of life. We simply have to learn to do the next right thing, according to what God places before us. This is the opposite of striving to make something happen. I wonder how often we miss an opportunity because we are looking for something bigger?
- IDENTITY: It breaks my heart to see how twisted identity is in our culture. Many times we can’t figure out who we are because we are doing it through the lens of who everyone else appears to be (on social media…). Though God created us all unique or different (again with gifts, abilities, temperaments…) there is a piece that we often miss. To become the person that God created you to be, transformation must come into play. Transformation is where we become partakers of the Divine Nature and this Nature becomes a part of our DNA…until we are transformed into the image of our God. This is not about becoming who I want to be in this world but becoming who God called (invited) me to become. I am very aware of the untwisting that needs to happen for most of us. God must disrupt and re-construct our lives. Read More 2 Peter 1:4
- HOLY SPIRIT: This is your fuel…where you get the desires (passions) in your heart, where you find strength for endurance, where the fruit of the spirit is produced. You simply cannot fulfill your purpose without the Spirit of God dwelling inside of you. 1 Corinthians 2, Ezekiel 36, Psalm 37:4, Galatians 5:22, Matthew 24:13
- HUMILITY AND LOVE: Everything we do needs to be surrounded by Humility and Love. As a matter of fact the main verses in the New Testament, that deal with gifts, are surrounded with verses about Humility and Love. I am convinced this is the KEY to living a life of effectiveness. Let me define effective:: Producing a deep or vivid impression, being active (not paralyzed), being instrumental in a place. I don’t know about you but I want to be instrumental in my places, actively functioning with power and leaving a vivid impression of the goodness of God. Romans 12:3, Ephesians 4:1-3, 1 Corinthians 12:7, Romans 12:9-13, Ephesians 4:1, 1 Corinthians 13
- RIGHTEOUSNESS: The path is narrow and many times Christianity widens it… I can only speculate that it’s for the sake of numbers. True righteousness is what keeps us on the narrow path. This is about understanding the commandments of God and submitting to them, this is about living our lives in accordance to what God says is good. His ways never change, his standard of righteousness has never changed. If we seek first His righteousness…this will serve as a compass for our lives. All of the Promisees / Blessings from God are found within Covenant (what we are called to). Covenant keepers are righteous seekers. Psalm 112, John 14:15