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The Command of Purpose Pt. 2

purposeThe title depicts a reality that the person who discovers their purpose has a command on life. A command that few of us often never find.

Allow me to first make clear that our ultimate purpose is revealed by the God that designed us.  Finding our ultimate purpose is uniquely connected to finding the God that created us.  Many people make the mistake of trying to find their purpose without finding their creator.

Everything created is created with a purpose and only the creator can define the purpose of the created!

There is a truth to the fact that a discovered purpose places us in a commanding position. The position to command the field we will work in.  The position to command the what I will not do. Yes, it’s true, knowing your purpose is certainly the position of having an upper hand.  It certainly places you in the better position since 94% of Americans have not discovered their primary purpose.

Yes, it is also true that not knowing your purpose will create an identity crisis.

If we do not know our purpose we cannot determine our choices. One way that personal identity crisis occurs is where we focus more on function than our ultimate purpose.  In other words; this is the place we focus more on what we do rather than who we are.

Life’s greatest discovery is who we are.  The trouble is that most of us settle for surviving rather than thriving.  We thrive when our life is synced with our purpose and the reason we were born. This positions us to connect our gifts and talents to our ultimate purpose. When we connect gifts and purpose we then unlock our passions.  The people who have connected passion, gifts, and purpose are thriving in life.

These same people thrive with purpose and their passion gives them an added edge. I call this living by design. The design of God that detours default living. Those living by default subject themselves to making a living rather than making a life.

I love to say; never substitute what you can do for what you were called to do.

Many fall into this because they use the wrong filter to discern their purpose. Many use talent as the talentplumb line.  Talent alone is never the main source of determining your purpose.

I have come to realize that undiscovered purpose is much more important than discovered talent.

Talent and gifts often steal ultimate purpose.  Many of us have natural gifts that are never the final determination of discovered purpose.  Many Pastors have a gift to do business and to do it well.  This natural talent of leadership in business does not indicate the purpose of God over their lives.

I know talented Pastors who can make a living a several different fields.  This does not mean that their talent is the ultimate measuring rod of where they should work.

Here are a few suggestions for discovering your ultimate purpose.

1.  Discover beyond yourself

Many make the mistake of trying to discover their purpose by only looking inward.

2.  Discover the God of the Bible

God created you for a purpose. Your purpose was created before you were formed in the womb.

3. Discover the difference you want to make

Think and give thought to what, where, and how you want to make a difference. This is a bigger clue than discovering your gifts.  This is the bigger picture to your life and calling.

4.  Discover your “from God gifts

Not only your natural gifts although they have value.  Your God-given gifts indicate the higher purpose of your design and purpose.

5.  Discover your desires/passions

If you are born again then your heart desires must link to God’s desires for you.  Your greatest passion is not living our your passions, but seeking to know God’s passions for your life.

You see; the discovery of your purpose may be life’s most important discovery.

Let’s consider it vital!

Hope this helps. Would love to hear from you.


The Command of Purpose

purpose Finding our purpose may be the primary key to living a fulfilling life.  The current statistic is that 94% of Americans have not discovered their primary purpose. What a tragedy!!

There is only 1 way to be an original and that is by being yourself.

I recently was invited to preach at a church very different from the church I am employed.  The Pastor of that church called and said;  “be sure and be yourself tonight, we called you because were confident you would preach your way, not ours.”

It is so true, that exactly like the snowflake there is only 1 of each of us.  No 2 of us are alike. Each of us has a unique fingerprint because God has created us to make a unique imprint in life.  It is  also true that you are the best you, available!

God has made each us extraordinary.  A part of the “extra” in our ordinary is our ability to discover our unique self and the peculiarity of our personal existence. Many times we fall prey to imitating others. This often occurs when we have failed to discover our unique purpose.

Purpose is defined as; the reason for which something exists or is made, an intended end, aim, or goal.  You were not brought into this world without a specific design and intention of God.

Your purpose was designed prior to your arrival here on the earth.

The actual fact is; you were created before the foundation of the earth. And not just created but fearfully and wonderfully made by God the Father.  Father God put elaborate thought and purpose into your design. His ultimate intention was you were created for His purpose!

Rick Warren says; the purpose of life is far greater than your personal fulfillment, your peace of your own personal happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or your wildest dreams.  If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God, you were born by His purpose and for His purpose. 

bullseyeSo our greatest discovery is not what I will die for, but what will I live for!

I personally believe that until we make the discovery of our purpose our highest desire we will never find it.

So this becomes our greatest challenge and should become our highest priority. I realize this blog does not answer the “how to’s” to discover your purpose.

My intention in this post does not include the how, but to touch your heart and realize the importance of this vital need.  My hope is to shout into your soul that finding your purpose is the genesis of living a fulfilling and satisfied life.

Anything less is just being alive!

My next post will take us closer toward our journey. You can click here to watch a video that will enhance your journey and expand this post.

Would love to hear from you.





In this short clip Pastor Tom shows us God’s desire to set us totally free!

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