THE POWER OF PURPOSE
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.” (Proverbs 29:18 NKJV)
You are God’s masterpiece, fearfully and wonderfully formed, designed, wired, equipped, and packaged for a unique purpose, mission or assignment on earth.
God has specially and specifically furnished and packaged you as His unique solution to a unique problem, as His unique provision to meet a unique need, and as His unique answer to a unique question in the world.
Therefore, despising or neglecting your God-ordained purpose is a great crime to humanity. It is a great deprivation or loss to the entire world!
Living without purpose is a prodigal living!
A life that is not committed to fulfilling God’s purpose is a wasted life – a great loss to God and humanity.
The greatest tragedy or disaster in life is not death, but living without any reference to God’s purpose for your life. However, there is nothing as potent as living for God’s purpose.
In this piece we shall consider some powerful forces that emanate from understanding and pursuing God’s purpose for your life.
First, Purpose gives true meaning and significance to your life:
Without God life has no purpose and without purpose life has no meaning. Without meaning life has no significance or hope. When life has lost its meaning or significance to you, you will detest life and find suicide appealing.
But when life means something significant to you, you can bear or endure any hardship, trial or suffering. Therefore, understanding God’s purpose for your life will strengthen or empower you to face, handle, bear or withstand the pressures and vicissitudes of life.
When a man finds his true purpose in life, he despises, trivializes, or makes a mock of any trials and tribulations that may come his way.
Having found his God-ordained purpose in life, Apostle Paul could not be moved, troubled or overwhelmed by any threat, trial or tribulation.
In the face of dangers, he boldly declared, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 NKJV).
Second, Purpose simplifies your life:
Life only becomes a complex or a compound mass when the purpose of life is not understood. Purpose helps you to plan and prioritize your daily schedules. It helps you to define and determine what to do or what not to do in life, why you should do it or not do it, when to do it, how to do it, and the people or resources to do it with.
A life without purpose is a disorganized and disoriented life characterized by confusion, conflict and stress. When you don’t know God’s purpose for your life, you will either burn yourself out doing too much distressing work or indulge yourself in trivialities or frivolities.
Third, Purpose focuses your life:
Understanding God’s purpose for your life will help you to concentrate or focus your effort, energy, and resources on what is important, thereby making you very effective, efficient, impactful, and productive in life.
Without a clear purpose, you will always experience dissipation of resources without any significant result.
Living without a sense of purpose is like driving with no specific direction or destination in mind. You will drift about life, become unstable, unrestrained or uncontrollable when you have no vision, revelation or understanding of your purpose in life (Gen. 49:4, Jam. 1:8).
No one is as frivolous, reckless, wild, or dangerous as someone living without any regard or reference to his God-ordained purpose in life.
This is why the Scripture warns, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.” (Prov. 29:18 NKJV).
Fourth, Purpose energizes or stimulates your life:
Nothing motivates, excites or charges up your heart like a clear vision and understanding of your purpose in life.
Purpose is a very powerful stimulant or booster to life!
When purpose is not known, life becomes very dull, unattractive, uninteresting, and boring; just getting out of bed in the morning becomes a hard choice, chore or struggle.
When you fail to seek out, discover and understand your purpose, life will eventually become a heavy weight or burden for you to bear.
If you despise or disregard God-ordained purpose for your life, you will eventually find no drive, zeal, strength or reason to continue living.
It is purpose that makes life an exciting adventure!
If you fail to embrace God’s purpose for your life, you will eventually hate life and all the opportunities it offers.
This is why Solomon exclaimed, “Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” (Eccl. 2:17 NKJV).
Fifth, Purpose activates and releases all your potentials:
Knowing your purpose in life will wake up the sleeping giants and dormant potentials in you. While pursuing God’s purpose for your life, everything that God has put within you will be activated, engaged, and utilized.
It is only in the path of purpose that all the hidden potentials in you will come to limelight and find real expressions. This is why nobody can beat you in your God-ordained purpose!
Understanding your divine purpose in life will help you to maximize your life and every opportunity that comes your way. Purpose will motivate, stimulate or push you to operate at your optimal capacity in life.
You will emerge the best when you give yourself to doing what you were purposefully created, designed, wired, gifted or talented by God to do in life (Gen. 41:38-44, Judg. 6:14, Luke 10:17).
Sixth, Purpose commands influence and affluence in life:
Discovering, pursuing and fulfilling your purpose in life will certainly affect many lives positively, thereby attracting favour, honour, riches and wealth to you.
Purpose yields profits, gains or dividends to those who set their hearts on discovering, pursuing and fulfilling it (Gen. 50:20, Luke 22:35). Purpose makes you a blessing to your generation, thereby increasing your sphere of influence in life.
When the early apostles of Christ gave themselves to God’s purpose, calling and mission for their lives, they wielded great influence in their generation.
As a result of their great influence, the people feared them and testified of them, saying, “These who have turned the world upside down…” (Acts 17:6 NKJV NKJV).
“These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city.” (Acts 16:20 NKJV).
It is only as you give yourself to accomplishing God’s purpose for your life that you will wield or exert great influence or impact upon your community, nation and generation.
Lastly, Purpose prepares you for eternal rewards in heaven:
Life here is a brief test and an opportunity to obtain eternal rewards hereafter. At the end of your pilgrimage on earth, God will do an audit of your life.
For it is written, “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Rom. 14:11-12 NKJV).
Beloved, if your life is spent on God’s purpose you will be highly commended and rewarded at the end of the age, but if it is wasted, spent or lavished on pleasures or self indulgences, there is no reward for you at the Lord’s return.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the unique purpose You have designed for my life. Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me to set my heart on discovering, pursuing and fulfilling God’s purpose for my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.