People often ask, “What is my purpose? Why am I here?” Have you ever wondered about your purpose? God gave each of us an individual calling, each with unique talents, abilities and spiritual gifts that are different than another’s. What is our ultimate calling and purpose?
Dear Dr. B,
What do you do when you wonder, “What is my purpose? Why am I here?” I see friends and acquaintances doing such amazing things with their life, but I’m not exactly sure what my calling is. How do I know?
Questioning my Calling
As I thought about your question and how best to respond, it seemed that on the one hand, the answer is so simple, while on the other hand, the answer is so complex.
God, the creator of the universe, doesn’t really need us.
Acts 17:24-25 explains that, “The God who made the world and everything in it…is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything.”
Colossians 1:16 explains, “All things were created by Him and for Him.”
Fundamentally, we were created for fellowship with God and others.
“And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a help meet for him…And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are thou?” Genesis 2:18, 3:8-9
God gave us unique gifts and talents
At the same time, God gave each of us an individual calling, each with unique talents, abilities and spiritual gifts that are different than another’s. Together we are different parts all necessary for the whole to work optimally together:
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:4-8
It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others, notice what they are doing, and find ourselves feeling insignificant in comparison.
I have found, however, that when we compare ourselves, our gifts and talents, and our accomplishments, to others, we will never measure up. Because God didn’t create us with the same gifts and talents of another. He has given to each of us special gifts that only we can fulfill.
Your Ultimate Life’s Purpose
Each of us is called to do something in and for the kingdom of God. For some, it might be leading a Fortune 500 company with godly character and biblical principles.
For others, it might mean caring for children in the nursery so their parents can grow in the Lord in Sunday morning worship services.
Others open their home and share their testimony with hurting neighbors over a cup of coffee.
Ultimately, your life’s purpose is to give God glory!
Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
You can only do that by being you and doing only what He asks of you.
How are you living your purpose and calling today? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
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