Many of us have moments where we ask ourselves, “What is my purpose? What am I here for?”
Finding your purpose means finding what motivates you - what makes you excited to wake up each day. Your purpose goes far beyond your job, your role as mom or dad, as a leader, or a creative. You may find meaningful fulfillment in all these things, but what is your true purpose according to the bible?
When we try to identify our purpose, many of us look to the unique gifts, passions, and abilities God has given us.
In Psalm 139:13-14, David praises God “You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.”
God purposefully created us to have unique gifts – he didn’t design us to be all the same!
Our Abilities Don't Equal Our Purpose
While these gifts are a true blessing from God, they aren’t our purpose.
Those talents, abilities, and passions are tools for fulfilling God’s purpose on earth. We first need to understand God’s purpose to understand our unique purpose as individuals.
God created earth because he wanted to share his love, grace, and kindness with us. When Adam and Eve sinned against God in Genesis 3, it formed a fracture in our relationship with him. God loves us so much and wants our relationship with him to be restored more than anything else. That restoration comes with us admitting our faults to God and receiving his forgiveness (Isaiah 12:2). God wants this for everyone.
So Where Does that Leave Us?
Jesus explains our purpose simply in Matthew 22:36-40 when he says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our purpose is to have a restored relationship with God, then love others the same way God loves them so they too can have a restored relationship with him.
Jesus continues, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Our purpose on earth is to love God, then show the same love he offers us to others so they can come to know him. God wants us to lead others to him through our love for them!
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