Knowing your unique purpose is paramount. The desire to achieve your mandate will get you up in a morning. And that same longing will help you to keep going when you feel like giving up.
But did you know you have both a public and a private purpose? Let’s look at your public purpose first, but please don’t stop reading until you understand your private purpose too!
People often ask me how they can discover their destiny. I always tell folk that it unfolds. Just like the sunshine causes a flower to unfurl, so the more we grow in God, we will work out what we were designed to do. Two things can help us:
1. ELIMINATING DISTRACTIONS
The more we get healed of hidden hurts that hamper our lives, the clearer our individual mandate will become. When insecurities drop off and worry about the opinions of people fall away, you will find it so much easier to work out your unique gifts.
2. LISTENING TO YOUR HEART
Also, there are questions you can ask yourself that will help. For example, “What makes me angry? What fills me with compassion? What causes me to come alive on the inside?”
If human injustice makes you angry, if mistreatment of people breaks your heart, and if hearing about people escaping trafficking makes you come alive, then maybe God has called you to social justice.
PUBLIC & PRIVATE
It is important to know what I call your public purpose. But it is possibly even more critical that you and I grasp what I call our private purpose.
Paul the apostle described his here: “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him…” (Phil 3:10a Amp)
The apostle’s public purpose was to bring the gospel to the gentiles – and I am sure glad he succeeded! (See Acts 9:15). Paul pursued this purpose with all his heart.
However, Apostle Paul also understood the absolute importance of his private purpose, to spend every day of his life getting to know God better and better.
In our pursuit of our dreams and desires, it is vital that we do not lose sight of our private purpose. Just as you may have a plan for fulfilling your public purpose, why not make a plan for accomplishing your private purpose too?
What can you do day by day to get to know God better? Why not identify an easy to add habit that you can introduce to your daily routine? Five extra minutes spent worshiping, praying or reading will add up over the year and will bring you closer than ever to your Savior.
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