Some words from a popular movie theme song were “Do you know where you are going to…do you know?” To know where you are going, you must know your purpose.
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 is “who is it about?”
It is about God. No God, no purpose, know God, know purpose! You 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.
His first universal purpose is salvation. As descendants of Adam and Eve, all people are born with a sin nature, separated from God because of their fall from grace. The wages of sin is death so we deserved to die. Because of God’s great love for the world, He sent Jesus, his only begotten son, to die on a cross to save us from our sins.
God’s second universal purpose is to be a servant. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet at the last supper to demonstrate being a servant of God. Jesus said that the greatest among you is a servant.
His third universal purpose is to be a witness. We are to witness to all—family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. We witness by our words and deeds.
God’s fourth universal purpose is to be a steward. God expects us to wisely use the things He provides. We cannot allow fear to grip our hearts and paralyze from us from using and multiplying the things God has entrusted to our care.
In addition to universal purposes for everyone, God also has a unique purpose for you. Stay tuned to learn about seeking and fulfilling your unique God-given purpose!