Were you uniquely created for a purpose that only you can fulfill on earth?
If so, how do you find out your unique purpose?
The answers you believe to these questions will reveal who you consider God to be. Is He a loving father, keen to show you all that He can, to help you live your life abundantly? Or is He loving but kind of distant, hard to hear and slow to show you precise details to help you walk in fullness of your purpose day by day? Maybe you think that God is God after all, so He must have more important things to do than helping you come into total alignment with who He made you to be?
Here are some thoughts to consider, based on my personal experience which has shaped what I believe about these questions.
Firstly, God is a God of immense creativity, diversity and order. We can easily see His limitless creativity and that He loves diversity. Each and every snowflake is different. There are so many varieties of plants, trees, animals and the list goes on. He has created each of us completely uniquely with different DNA, strengths, passions, personalities, thinking patterns, likes and dislikes. Considering this, the way that nature fits together intricately and balances perfectly, is witness to God’s order in the midst of His explosive creativity. This order indicates He has a plan. As a loving Father, He has a plan for each of every living thing He created. That means God had a plan when He created you. Humans are the crowning glory of God’s creation. He created us in His own image (Gen 1:27). We can therefore rest assured that He has a plan for each of us and that the plan for our lives, as His children is very important compared to anything else He created, as we are His crowning glory! Jeremiah 29:11 puts it clearly, 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
So secondly, does He want us to know this plan. The Bible says: It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (Prov 25:2). We are part of God’s royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), so let’s assume we are all ‘kings’. This verse along with many other references in the Bible, state that God has hidden things for us to discover. He hides things for us not from us, as the process of finding what He has hidden, brings us in closer relationship with Him, grows us in character and our trust. It is not God’s heart to hide things from us when we want to know. Again, the Bible says, He calls us ‘friends’ (no longer servants) so he wants to share information with us. (John 15:15). So, God does want you to know the intricate plan He has for your life.
Lastly, here’s two places to start, to uncover more of God’s plan and purpose for you:
- You need to want to know!
The verse says, ‘to search out the matter is the glory of kings’. There is so much that God has hidden for those of us hungry enough to seek. Your unique purpose on earth, what He created you for, is one of those things that you need to seek. For me, it wasn’t until I was about 36 years old, that I started to get serious about asking God, what is it He made me for. What is my purpose? I asked Him, every day to show me. Within that year, He did show me. I took practical steps that same year to align myself. 11 years later He is still revealing more and more of the ‘bigness’ of this purpose as I go deeper with Him. I can confidently say that this first 11 years of coming into alignment has been so much more fulfilling to all of my previous years. I feel a sense of deep contentment and yet, I know it’s just the very beginning.
- You need to become aware of your heart
Much of what was hidden for me, and is hidden for so many people we coach, is the deep desires of the heart. Mostly, we search outside of ourselves for God to reveal His plan. God does give us many clues and also speaks to us in dreams during the night, encouraging words, visions and scriptures. One of the biggest clues however to your purpose is inside you! He created you with specific desires and dreams that excite you. There are ways in which you would like to see the world changed, that are very specific to you, your passion, your strengths and giftings. We know that when we live in our purpose we will experience abundant life (John 10:10). So the fruit of alignment of purpose will be joy, peace and favour. In other words, there will be nothing else you would rather do. This all points to uncovering the deep desires of your heart, which for most have been buried deep, sometimes forgotten about or given up on.
So, have courage, ask God to reveal His perfect plan for your life. He is patiently waiting to show you. We find that people go on to achieve incredible things, feeling very excited, motivated and full of courage. Knowing your purpose, and feeling that great resonance of being ‘aligned’, propels you forward to live more fruitfully and experience an abundance of life.