What Is My Purpose in Life, and How Can I Be Certain of It?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
”Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). This is the essence of our purpose. We are to honor God and advance his kingdom through who we are and in everything we do.
Through our cooperation with God’s Spirit who is at work within us, we can grow to the point that what we want aligns with what God wants—our passions and purposes are his passions and purposes; we think, speak, act and relate in a Christlike way. We will never be perfect or without struggle in this life, but we can be inwardly connected to Jesus (see John 15:1-8). We listen for the Spirit’s guidance. We cultivate our gifts. We live our lives pursuing God’s kingdom interests (see 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1).
But often this isn’t enough for us. We want to know our specific, individual purpose with certainty. We want the mystery solved. We want to find a unique purpose that focuses our energies and convinces us that our life counts.
Perhaps our feverish search for the specific is misguided. Maybe our need for certainty reflects our addiction to control and what Eugene Peterson calls “insiders’ pride.” God wants us to trust him, and sometimes knowing too much leads to trusting too little. Maybe letting go of the pressure to find our purpose—and instead following hard after God each new day—will center us squarely in the target.
Father, I believe there is so much that I can do with my Life and right now I find myself in a state of question. I know that with Your assistance, absolutely anything is possible. Father help me to maintain a positive attitude and increase my confidence so that I can clearly feel You and hear You when You speak to my heart, knowing that You are working through me to fulfill Your Divine Purpose. I ask this through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. Amen.In Jesus,
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Sometimes knowing too much leads to trusting too little.