Pursue Your Purpose
God created you for a special purpose. His purpose for you is not some general description. It is specific. He created you uniquely different from anybody else. Nobody has your DNA nor your fingerprints. God created you like you are for you to fulfill the purpose that He designed for you.
Your purpose does not include meaningless activity. Everything you do should be contributing to God’s purpose. You are not just existing—you are excitedly pursuing God’s purpose. Many people’s lives are like an octopus on skates—you see a lot of activity, but very little progress toward a goal!
George Washington Carver finished his doctorate at Iowa State. While he had many career opportunities, he chose to go to Tuskegee Institute because he felt that was where God created him to serve. He had a very small salary but wanted to serve his race and his country.
Booker T. Washington invited him to come. Carver wrote, “No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it. I pray my work at Tuskegee become my reason for living.”
Please know that God’s purpose does not change. The Bible says, “God desires even more to show the heirs of the promise of the unchangeableness of His purpose…We may have strong encouragement in laying hold on hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6:17, 18) We must know and pursue God’s purpose. Don’t be misled by becoming attracted to some purpose other than God’s purpose. Remember that God’s purpose is unchangeable.
We face the danger of either missing God’s purpose or leaving God’s purpose because we decide to settle for something less than what God wants us to be. Sometimes we make excuses for doing this by comparing ourselves with others. My identity is not in comparison with anybody else—it’s in fulfilling God’s purpose for me. Paul warns against comparing yourself to somebody else. He makes it clear that each person has a unique purpose. We are to do what God created us to do. (1 Corinthians 10:12-18)
Don’t settle for less than God’s purpose for your life. I love the prayer that Francis Drake, the great English explorer prayed, “Disturb us Lord that when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come short because we dream too little, and we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.”
Today, worry and anxiety are at the highest levels ever. The best medicine to cure worry and anxiety is to follow God’s purpose for your life. There is no room for worry or anxiety when you follow God’s purpose. He will supply everything that you need. It’s not your responsibility to worry—it’s your responsibility to trust and follow.
Jesus says to us today what He said to the disciples, “Follow Me.” They had no idea where they were going or what they would eat or where they would stay. They simply responded to the call of Jesus and He had a great purpose for them. They left their places of security and safety and discovered that His purpose was more secure than anything they had ever experienced. God’s purpose offers a security that man can never build or buy!
I pray that God will give me and you a relentless focus to know and pursue His purpose!