Fulfillment Through Purpose
Somewhere in eternity, before you were born, God designed you for good works. He created the talents and personality that will accompany your life so you can find joy in your purpose.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Without Works, You are Not Complete.
Hebrews 13:20-21 says, “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will.”
I believe the happiest people in the world are doing something for God. The worst kind of scarcity is the poverty of the spirit; fulfillment is found when you spend your energy reaching out to others, blessing, and helping people you cross paths with. When we are active and constructive, directly involved in showing the love of Jesus, we are more content.
Nobody can do what you can do.
You were made to serve Him with your life. Nobody can do what you can do the way you do it. Sure, you could compare your talent to someone else’s and feel disqualified... or overqualified. The truth of the matter is, while God may have given you some of the same talents as someone else, no one has the exact combination of gifts, personality, experience, and circle of influence as you do. Your purpose is already set before you. It is unique to you. Don't squander it.
Work it or Waste it.
In the church today, there are too many people going to waste; too many bodies rotting away spiritually without impacting other people. God placed resources in your hand for His purpose. To put it bluntly, use it or lose it. If you are not careful, if you don’t appreciate what you are given, you will not treat it properly and your blessing may die of neglect.
God created you to make things happen (Ephesians 2:10). You are not here to simply sit in the stands. God wants you to be a participant. He wants you to be creative, experience the power of functioning as a vessel so the Holy Spirit can flow the Lord’s blessing to others through you.
Live an Accomplished Life.
By using what you have, what you have will multiply. That is spiritual economics. When you give yourself away, you are not left with less. You will experience an increase and provision with every moment you offer up what is in your hands. Do not bury your talents; invest them to increase them (Matthew 25:14-30, Parable of the Talents) You were made for something better.
All you have to do is ask.
Pray and talk to God.
Search the Scriptures.
Step out in faith.
You will find yourself in the Word of God. Let it be a mirror to you; it will speak to you. God will show you what He has for you. If you want a quick hint, take a look at your talents and the endeavors that fulfill you. Chances are your purpose is related to what you already desire. Still not sure, volunteer at church; serve where there is a need. Look at it this way – if it is not your thing, then you crossed something off the list by serving the body of Christ.
Find fulfillment in your purpose. You already hold what you need.
Father, thank You for Your Word. You put me in this world for a real purpose. You are guiding me and leading me. Use me for Your glory, Father, that the name of Jesus will be lifted up. Have Your way in my heart and in my life. Father, I am ready. Use me, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.