Life with Purpose

God has a magnificent purpose for your life.  He always has, and He always will.

 Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” 

 In Psalm 139:13-16 we read, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” 

 When I was in college, and before I knew the Lord, I was struggling to find my purpose.  My family was great and supportive, but they didn’t make me whole.  My friends were fun, but they weren’t satisfying the cravings of my soul.  I had a boyfriend who I thought was pretty stellar, but he wasn’t completing me, and it ended in nothing.  I had no passion for the major I was in – or school in general.  In a dark and desperate time, while my roommates were away, I searched the internet for “the meaning of life.”  Lots of suicide hotline information came up, but nothing that answered my questions.  Somewhere deep inside myself I feared that my life would end – maybe not by my doing, but at least by having nothing to live for.

 I then went on a search for “good causes.”  I contacted the Special Olympics and told them that I thought my purpose in life was to work for them, and I really believed it at the time.  I was clinging onto anything noble.  I even started to go back to church!  That’s where my journey began to lead to an answer.  THE ANSWER!   (Oddly, looking back I don’t remember seeing anything about Jesus during my internet search, but He was there, even if He wasn’t on my computer screen).

 The Bible says that God has placed eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  Innately, we know that there is a God.  Some people try to suppress that knowledge or excuse it.  Others look to false gods or in wrong places to try to find a savior.  The God of the Bible is very clear.  “’You are my witnesses,’ says the Lord, ‘And my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.  Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.  I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.’” (Isaiah 43:10)  This one and only God has a plan for your life.

 First and foremost, God’s plan is for you to know Him.  We can learn a lot about God, but we can’t know Him until we have a relationship with Him.  Jesus made this possible.  You see – you and I, we’re not perfect.  I probably didn’t have to tell you that.  But God – He is perfect.  At some point, all humans decide to live life without God, therefore creating a chasm between us and Him.  When we finally submit to the yearning within ourselves that cries out to our Creator, we find that gap still in the way.  That gap has another name:  sin.  Oh, but Jesus!  “…He [God] loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)  Propitiation is a big word that means a “go-between” or “atoning sacrifice” (according to Webster’s dictionary).  Jesus took the punishment that was to be ours.

 We discover our purpose when we come to Jesus, believe that what He says is true – about us and about Him, and commit to following Him with our entire being.  He wants to be the Lord of your life.  He died so that you can live.  That is love.  That is worth living for.  Loving Him back and discovering the plans He has for your “future and hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) is an exhilarating journey.  Ultimately, our goal is to bring glory and honor to the One who made us and loved us enough to die for us.  That goal is reached by submitting all you are to Him.  It’s a life of amazing freedom and satisfaction.

 Another facet of knowing and loving God – and fulfilling your purpose on earth – is to love other people.  Everyone needs hope; everyone needs the Savior.  At times it can be a daunting task, but Jesus taught, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)  Though this runs contrary to human nature, we can be successful in loving others when Christ’s love reigns in us.  Make time to pray and be still before your Maker.  If you’ve never been reconciled to Him, call on Jesus.  He is enough.  He is everything!  As you submit your will to His, He will lead you to astonishing feats for His kingdom and for His glory.  Ask Him what He has for you to accomplish, and then go forth in the Spirit and with boldness to fulfill your purpose!

 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

 Jamie Clawson
Co-Leader of Generation Hope

 (All Scripture references from the New King James Version)

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