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.
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.