What Does the Bible Say about Your Purpose?
It is a question that possibly every person struggles with at some point in their lifetime: why am I here on Earth? Going much further than answering what career I should do, knowing my purpose on Earth is about determining what I’m supposed to do with my life, which organizations and people should benefit from my time, and how I can be of that benefit to them.
The best news of all: having Jesus Christ in our lives helps us to discover the answer to these questions. Without God in our lives, we live for today and have no regard for what happens after we die. With Christ in our lives, we know that our purpose here on Earth directly relates to our eternal future, as well as the future of everyone around us. This means that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our obedience to Him can provide eternal benefit to ourselves and others.
This does not mean that we are responsible for what others decide about their future. We cannot control other people, we are only to be a mouthpiece for the Kingdom of God. We share the good news with others and pray for them. How the hearer decides to respond is their choice.
In today’s article, let’s explore what the Bible says about your purpose.
What Does the Bible Say about Purpose?
The Bible is full of references to God’s plan and purpose for our lives. It tells us that we were created for a 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. We were not an accident or an afterthought. God had a plan for our lives before we were even born.
We see throughout the Bible that God is always working for our good. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. No matter what happens in our lives, we can trust that God is working everything out for our good.
The Bible is clear that our ultimate purpose in life is to glorify God. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. We are to live our lives in a way that brings honour and glory to God.
When we live purposefully, we can be confident that we are doing what God has called us to do. And when we do that, we know that He will be with us every step.
How to Find Your Purpose in the Bible
Exploring the Bible to learn about your purpose can be an exciting and insightful journey throughout your life. If you feel overwhelmed by the thousand plus pages, here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Pray for Guidance
Before you even begin reading, take some time to pray and ask God to reveal His purpose for your life. He knows what you are capable of and what He has called you to do, so ask for His guidance in finding your purpose in the Bible.
2. Start with Genesis
The book of Genesis is a great place to start when looking for your purpose in the Bible. It tells the story of creation and how God designed each of us for a specific purpose. As you read, look for clues about your specific purpose.
3. Consider Your Unique Talents and Gifts
God has given each of us unique talents and gifts. As you read the Bible, consider how your unique talents and gifts might be used to further His purposes.
4. Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions as you read the Bible. Ask a trusted friend or pastor for help if you’re unsure what something means. The more you understand the Bible, the easier it will be to find your purpose within it.
5. Be Patient
Finding your purpose in the Bible may not happen overnight. Be patient and trust that God will reveal His plan for your life in His perfect timing.
6. Write down notes
When we write down our discoveries, it helps us when we forget what we learned – we can just go back to the notes we made and remind ourselves! Having a small notebook that can be stored between the pages of your Bible is a convenient way to have your previous notes ready as you continue to read. If you are okay with writing on the pages of your Bible, you can even underline important verses, circle key facts, and write notes in the margins of your Bible.
7. Link different verses to each other
As you continue reading through the Bible, you will start to find that verses repeat themselves and similar themes continue to appear. This is because, even though the 66 books of the Bible are written by many different people over thousands of years, they’re all inspired by the one true God. It can be one of the most exciting experiences to discover these similarities from different people, centuries apart. Discovering these similar themes help to refine our purpose in life.
What to Pay Attention to
How can you find your purpose in the Bible?
The Bible is full of stories of people who found their purpose through their relationship with God. Abraham, Moses, David, and Paul are just a few examples.
When you read the Bible, you’ll notice that each individual had a unique calling from God. And while their stories are different, there are some common themes.
First, you’ll notice that each had a personal encounter with God. This is where it all starts. To find your purpose in life, you need to start by seeking a personal relationship with God.
Second, you’ll notice that most were willing to obey God, even when it was difficult. They didn’t always understand why God asked them to do something, but they trusted He had a plan.
Third, you’ll notice that God used them to do something great. They may not have always seen the big picture, but God had a plan for their lives. And as they followed Him, they were able to accomplish His purposes.
The Bible is a great place to start if you want to find your purpose in life. Read the stories of those who have gone before you, and let them inspire you to seek a personal relationship with God. Be willing to obey Him, even when you don’t understand His plan. And trust that He has a purpose for your life.
Scriptures to Seek
The Bible contains verses encouraging and inspiring us as we seek God’s purpose for our lives. Here are some scriptures to read if you are seeking guidance and clarity on your life’s path:
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Psalm 27:14 – “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
These are just a few verses in the Bible that can give us direction and hope as we seek God’s purpose for our lives. No matter what you face, God has a plan for you and wants to use you for His glory. Trust in Him and lean on His Word for guidance and strength.
The Bible is the ultimate guide to our purpose in life. It can provide direction and comfort when faced with difficult choices and help us understand life’s meaning. By reading and studying the Bible, we can better understand God’s plan for us and how we can best live our lives.
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