Why Were You Born?

Some words from a popular movie theme song were “Do you know where you are going to…do you know?” Knowing God’s unique purpose for your life provides direction!

Purpose is the reason something or someone exists. The purpose of a car is transportation, a paperclip is to hold papers together, and dishes to hold food. In his book In Pursuit of Purpose, Myles Monroe states “Purpose is the original intent in the mind of the creator that motivated Him to create a particular item.” God created everything and everyone for His purposes. He called each of us from eternity to time for a purpose. Rick Warren said in the Purpose Driven Life, “it is not about me”. Since it is not about me, the question on your mind may be, “who is it about?”

It is about God. No God, no purpose, know God, know purpose! We were created to fulfill God’s purposes. Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. We don’t exist just to go to work, do chores, pay bills, and repeat the process daily. We are co-laborers with God in His plan of redemption for mankind. God has universal purposes and a unique purpose for your life.

It is God’s desire for all people to be saved. John 3:16 proclaims, ““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

As descendants of Adam and Eve, we are born with a sin nature, spiritually dead, separated from God because of their fall from grace. The wages of sin is death so we deserved to die. but Because of God’s great love for the world, He sent Jesus, His only Begotten Son, to die on the cross to save us from our sins. God desires that every human being become a Christian. The invitation to accept Jesus as Savior is extended to all but God gives us the choice to say yes or no.

We are called to be, and purposed to do. God’s first call is for us to become a Christian, but in our role as a Christian, He has universal purposes and a unique purpose for us.

God’s first universal purpose for Christians is to serve. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet at the last supper to demonstrate serving. Jesus said that the greatest among you is a servant.

His second universal purpose for Christians is to witness. We are to witness to all—family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. We witness with our words and deeds.

God’s third universal purpose for Christians is to steward. God expects us to wisely use the things He provides. We shouldn’t waste nor allow fear to grip our hearts and paralyze us from using, multiplying, and sharing the things God has entrusted to our care.

In addition to God’s three universal purposes as a Christian—to serve, to steward, and to witness–God has a unique purpose for our lives. Stay tuned to learn more about seeking, discovering, and fulfilling your Unique God-Given Purpose (UGGP).

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