Discovering the one dominant purpose of your life is not only important for you, but it is important for the Kingdom of God.
Have you discovered the reason you are alive?
Every person has one dominant purpose to fulfill before their life ends. We see this truth in the life of Jesus.
The ministry of Jesus was more than a ministry. It was His calling. Jesus’ calling started on the banks of the sea of Galilee. His first acts included inviting men like James and John to join Him in serving the Kingdom of God.
Jesus straight-up asks James and John to “follow Him.”
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him
From there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, in the boat with Zebedee, their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately, they left the ship and their father and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-21, NKJV
Did you notice in the text that Jesus called them? The word called means to invite, to beckon, to urge. Jesus invited 12 men to follow Him without reservation. The intensity of this invitation included leave your current occupation now and give your personal dreams to God.
When the disciples chose to follow Christ, they realized this was the reason they were born.
A calling is different from just doing a job.
A calling is knowing that your entire life is that you were born for one dominant purpose.
We see this kind of commitment in Jesus. Jesus said, “I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me” (John 5:30, NKJV).
Jesus lived for the will of His Father, God. Jesus gave his entire life to this purpose. Jesus knew his calling and purpose.
Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in our lives are the day we were born, and the day we find out why.”
Michael Jordan was created to play basketball. For Michael, it was more than a job, it was his purpose in life.
Moses was born to lead the children out of Egypt.
When God needed an ark, He called for Noah. Building an ark was the dominant reason Noah was born.
The calling on your life is no less than the disciples of the Bible. Every believer has a greater purpose than making money.
There is a divine calling for all of us to discover and fulfill.
Significance always trumps success.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. (II Peter 1:10, NLT)
The scripture encourages Christians to make every effort to prove out and faith-forward their calling. There are general callings (invitations) to all believers. God has called all believers to let our light shine.
The call to be the salt of the earth is to all believers. Believers carry the invitation from Jesus to shake the salt out-preserve life and shake out salt into the wounds of the hurting and broken.
There are also distinct callings. The Patriarchs of the Old Testament lived out defining moments that shed light on the mission and call that God ordered. Everyone (each one) has a distinct call from God to serve Jesus and the Body of Christ.
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing that the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. (I Corinthians 1:26-29, NLT)
God did not call us because of our brilliance, wisdom, or talent. God’s calling will define and clarify our purpose. God formed our calling before He formed us in our mother’s womb.
Why do only a few choose to accept the call of God?
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14, NKJV)
God calls many. He places an invite in everyone to come to Him, but only a few say yes to His invitation. Those who say yes to Jesus discover that earthly fulfillment cannot compare to living out God’s calling.
The Apostle Paul confirms this truth in the Philippian letter.
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained or perfected, but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:7-14, NKJV).
The Apostle Paul saw the purpose of his life and determined that nothing in this life is comparable to surrendering to God’s call.
He focused on the reason God had called and chosen him.
Many believers have they’re calling locked up inside their hearts.
Others have ignored their calling.
And still, others have neglected to act.
Like the Apostle Paul, we must forget those things that are behind and press forward to the things that are ahead.
Don’t just think about it, reach for it!
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