Updated: May 10
Finding your purpose is frustrating. Your purpose is dynamic, connected to the will of God. A part of a master plan that we are given a little insight to. Even if you know you are great at one thing there is one question that remains: “How do I know if it is my purpose?”
In Genesis 1:28 we find the purpose of man. To be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth using the resources that God has greatly bestowed. In our culture we have learned about being fruitful and even multiplying. But, we seldom go in depth about replenishing. Replenish means to refill again in a new way. When God decided to put us on the earth it was for the purpose of doing a new thing, not to do something that had already been done before. Our role as believers in the earth is to replenish the plans that God has set forth since the beginning.
What keeps us from replenishing is our attachment to formula. We want to have the fruit and multiply, so we do what has worked. This is the underlying problem in receiving our calling from God. When God calls you he is asking you to do something that has never been done before. He may want you to sing, write, go into medicine, or start a business. At first glance these things have been done before, but what makes them different is you.
Humans have the natural ability to reproduce, which is part of being fruitful and multiplying. That is also the natural ability to replenish. When you were born you were the first you. You may share DNA with someone else, but even as a twin you are an individual. What God wants to do with your life is beyond the measure of just being another chef. It is (your name) the chef. You are what makes your calling unique. You are the vital part in being able to replenish the systems of the earth with your purpose.
How do you know your unique purpose?
When God placed Adam in the garden of Eden he did something interesting. In Genesis 2:15, God “put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”(KJV) Put, dress and keep are words that we must abide by when we have an assignment to fulfill. In Hebrew, put means rest, dress means serve and keep means guard. More than likely, your purpose is where you find rest. After all, when God finished his creation he rested and he still is at rest. It is not the absence of working, it is the allowance of our faith to flourish. This is where we will find our greatest treasure-it is impossible to please God without faith. Yes, finding our purpose is frustrating, so stop looking. Pursue the rest of God and you will be put where you need to be, because of the reliance on your faith in Him. Next, when we know our “it”, then serve it. As I know that God has called me to write, I must become better at serving it or in other words I must continue to write. A title is not based upon what we do. In fact, God titles you before you do anything. Abraham was the father of many nations before he had a child, David was king before he even saw a throne, Jesus was so aware of what God called Him that he chose to do what God said so that God's word would be fulfilled. You grow into calling. So don’t get caught in the credentials of your purpose, just serve and watch God fulfill what He has called you. Then guard your purpose. Don’t let anything deceive you into giving it up, as Eve did in the garden. Be content with what God has purposed you to do, and guard it with your being. It is the key to the treasure that awaits you on earth and in heaven.
Within the keys of life, the one that will unlock many doors is persistence. You may be told “No, you can not do this.”, even when you know at the core of your being that God has called you to do it. But keep knocking “ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8. (KJV).
Your purpose is guiding a light to others, showing the salvation of Jesus. Although your purpose may not be in a church, whatever it is, is to advance the kingdom of God and it is precious. When you rest and find what God has purposed for you make sure to serve and guard it, for it is a door of deliverance for others.