Have you ever experienced that internal struggle? You know… wanting to do something important? Wanting to matter? Wanting to live life on purpose, but just not knowing how?
Yeah, I’ve been there too. And it’s of God, right? He wired us this way. He made us to be productive. Adam was given a task when God created Him, and we are given things to do too. (Genesis 2, Ephesians 2:10)
That alone is pretty amazing, right?
And then to add the fact that we- as those who are redeemed- get to live our lives to glorify God is just incredible. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
God wants us to live life on purpose. He wants us to live with a desire to glorify Him with the things we have been given.
So Why The Struggle?
So why do we struggle to know and walk in the purpose God has given us?
If you’ve been following my blog for any period of time you know that I am a big proponent of taking the time to understand who we are in Christ, how God made us as individuals, and what God is calling us to step into. Taking the time out to “Unravel your Identity” is good… when done in submission to and with the Lord Himself. (Because that, of course, is the only way it CAN be done!)
Here’s the thing, though. This identity thing- is important. So important that the bible is FULL of scripture on the topic. It’s so important that our enemy can’t wait to get his hands on it and twist it. Right?! Isn’t that what he does? He takes something that is good and ever so slightly changes it. Deception.
This is what it might look like:
You have a deep desire to live a meaningful life. You want to do it according to the Lord. But you’re just not sure where to start.
Maybe you put it on the backburner:
“Yeah I probably should spend some time in prayer about this. Maybe I could journal. My mentor might be able to walk me through this. There are probably some lies that need to be rooted out…”
But time passes and you neglect it.
Or perhaps you start to believe that it was a silly thought to begin with. It was selfish.
And the desire for purpose and meaning still remains.
You start to feel discouraged.
Maybe even perplexed.
Frustration sets in.
And all of a sudden, something that was originally all about God… is now about you.
Your thought patterns have changed.
Does any of this sound familiar?
I’ve been there. Yes. I’ve been tempted to let distractions like comparison come in and keep me from walking in the things God has for me.
I’ve seen others there as well. Discouraged and frustrated with God for not making things clearer.
Oh, how deception can take us so far from the truth God is asking us to walk in if we are not alert.
Because the truth is God has given you something to do.
You might not have the full picture. You might not know how this one seemingly simple thing that He is asking you to do will turn into something that is so fulfilling. (Something that uses the passions and gifts God has given you. Something that you are so excited to pour your life into.)
But here is the thing:
You don’t have to feel fulfilled to walk out your kingdom identity and kingdom purpose.
You just don’t. God deserves the glory whether you put your hand to something that makes you passionate or not.
I say that because it is true. But here is what is so incredible:
God still gives us assignments that make us alive. He is a brilliant Creator that made you in a particular way. I fully believe He wants to utilize those things that you are naturally good at. I fully believe He wants to give you opportunities to give Him glory through the things you are excited about- the things you want to do.
But we can’t start there.
Instead, start here.
You are a child of the Most High King.
You were deserving of judgement…
Now infinite grace and mercy have been extended.
You used to be bankrupt, now…
You have endless blessings… a heavenly inheritance. Belonging. Acceptance.
What should our response be?
Service. A life poured out because Life was poured out.
While I believe God will lead you to things that cause you to thrive, can I challenge you friend? Don’t start there.
Start by serving.
Look around you and I promise you will find a need. Meet that need. Call that friend who needs encouragement. Reach out to that person at church that hasn’t quite gotten connected yet. Serve your boss with excellence.
And after that?
Walk my friend.
Walk with Jesus. Follow Him.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”