Why is it so important to pursue God’s purpose?
I might sum it up like this:
Because His purpose for our lives will always be good.
That might seem contrary to certain events and circumstances in your life, but I promise, His purpose really is good.
I’ll sum up (in my words) the reason that may not be a reality in your daily life.
It’s because the devil hates anything created in the image of God.
And news flash…you and I are created in God’s image.
Because of this, we become targets for the enemy to ruin the purpose of God being revealed.
Before you get filled with fear that the devil is more powerful, I’ll stop right now and dispel that myth.
But God has made our journey and story here on earth one that revolves around faith, and this faith story very often revolves around our responses to things that may seem contrary to God’s goodness.
Simply put, let’s allow God to restore and rebuild anything that has been taken from us.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
I can think back on all the times in my life where I was pursuing everything the world had to offer. Unfortunately, those things were not healthy and had no value. The wonderful thing was that while I was pursuing all those things in my life that had nothing to do with God, He was pursuing me the entire time. That is how much He loves you and me.
Now that we have discovered that God’s purpose for our life is good, the question now becomes, how do we know the purpose God has for our life?
I learned several years ago from my mentor Pastor Barry. He explained to me that I needed to walk daily with God. This included quiet time with the Lord praying, reading my bible, and surrounding myself with a community of believers (going to church, getting plugged in to a home bible study, etc). It was in doing these things that I began to understand what He had to say about me, my life and how I go about knowing His heart and the things He placed in me. I began thinking about all that I was passionate about. I started to track my purpose by understanding what I was interested in. I began recognizing those things that propelled me forward and that held my interests, the things I believed in, and how and where I was making a difference in the lives of others.
My interests did not come from all the same place. I began to see how I thrived when people became healthy. I found myself in various leadership and teaching situations. From teaching martial arts, to coaching people back to health, becoming a Physical Therapist, a Motivational speaker, and now an author. These were all the things being birthed inside my soul for the ministry that God had planned for me. I was passionate about people being set free and healthy…mind, body and spirit. It was after I discovered my gifts and talents that I began to really grasp the purpose God had set for my life.
I encourage you to continue to pursue the things that you are passionate about. Get into God’s Word, find a church and get plugged into community and let Him speak to you personally.
And allow your life to tell a beautiful story of how God redeems and restores.
There’s no other way to live.