The third step is to assess what God has deposited within you. God’s purpose for your life is determined by your makeup. God has equipped you with the exact talents, spiritual gifts, and temperament needed to fulfill your purpose. A clue to your purpose is what you are good at and what you like to do. Consider the things that you are compassionate about, things that you hate, that cause anger, or grieve your spirit? These things may help clarify your purpose. God is intelligent. If you don’t like working with children, the probability is great that your purpose is not in children’s ministry.
Your spiritual gifts are clues to your purpose. A spiritual gift is a divine enablement. Each Christian has been given one or more spiritual gifts. A spiritual gifts assessment will give you an idea about your gifting. In your gifting lies the power and the anointing of God to get the job done. As you operate in your gifts, there should be sweatless victory. If you can’t do it, it is not for you to do. We are accountable to God for the stewardship of our gifts. Serving in the church or community will uncover your strengths, likes, dislikes, and the vocations at which you are adept.
Your God-given talents are also indicators of your purpose. Some people have a natural ability to sing, write, play instruments, sports, etc. The more your talents are utilized, the better they get. Remember the 5Ps–Persistent Practice Prevents Poor Performance!
A person’s temperament or personality is another clue to purpose. Temperament is defined as the unusual personal make-up manifested by peculiarities of feeling, temper, actions, etc. Taking a personality test will show the type of personality God has given you.
To summarize, knowing God, seeking Him for your purpose and, finding out what God has placed in you will aid in the discovery of your God-given purpose. Once God reveals your unique purpose, its time to plan to fulfill it!