6 Truth Bombs About Your God-Given Purpose
by Sharmon Coleman
True confession: I have often struggled with feeling like my life is an accident and that I have no purpose. For years, I hid in the shadows so that hopefully no one else would notice. Thankfully, God was intent upon dispelling this lie so that I could fulfill the purpose for which He specifically designed me. How? By the truth of His word! Allow me to share six truth bombs that shattered the lie and freed me to fulfill my God-given purpose.
All who have accepted Christ have a purpose.
God specifically designed you in the womb (Psalm 139) to accomplish what He planned for your life in order to fulfill your Kingdom purpose (Eph. 2:10). This purpose isn’t for a special, talented few. At the moment of salvation, He activates that call according to His purpose and grace granted in Christ (2 Timothy 1:9). You are created on purpose for a purpose!
Your purpose is a blessing.
BEFORE the fall in the garden, God blessed Adam and Eve with their purpose to be fruitful and increase in number (Gen. 1:28). The call to increase in number was literal in the Old Testament. Adam and Eve had an empty earth that needed habitation. In the New Testament, our blessed purpose in multiplication refers to spiritual fruit – making followers of Christ; this brings us to our next truth.
Your purpose always involves bearing much fruit for His Kingdom.
God isn’t content for you to just produce a small crop. His goal is bumper crops, plural. And this fruit will not rot – it lasts for eternity (John 15:16)! God knows our limits; that’s why He’s given us the Holy Spirit. At the moment of salvation, He gave you spiritual gifts in order to “bear MUCH fruit” (John 15:5,8). I encourage you to discover your gifts and then develop them with practice!
Your purpose remains a HOPE unless you ask God to reveal it to you.
God has called and equipped you to fulfill His purpose for your life. However, you must ask Him to reveal your calling to you (Ephesians 1:18). Once revealed, you must choose whether or not to live it out. Until you take your first step, your calling remains a hope!
Your purpose must be walked out by FAITH.
Most likely your revealed purpose will be overwhelming and scary. You’ll probably feel stretched, knowing that you don’t have the natural skills and knowledge needed. That’s exactly the point. You can’t, but God can. Expect the enemy to bombard you with fear and doubt. You must exercise FAITH to say yes to God and live out your purpose. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Faith is simply believing in God’s power and presence to enable us to do things we can’t do on our own. Then He gets all the praise and the world will know that He lives!
The results are up to Him.
One of the most freeing truths He’s taught me is to surrender my expectations of what success “looks” like when I obey. Sweet One, success is OBEYING GOD. Ultimately, your obedience is the only part you can control. Leave the results up to Him.
Appointed. Sufficiency. Fruit. This combination has been a sacred echo of what God’s teaching me. Appointed is the word God gave me for 2017. Sufficiency is the one word takeaway He gave me at a September leadership retreat to calm my fears about what He is revealing for my next steps. He will equip me as I put my faith in His ability, not mine. Fruit and Kingdom impact are the outcomes He promises as I obey. And, not just fruit, but MUCH fruit (John 15:16).
Beloved, your life is significant, and no one else can do what God designed you, and only you, to do. I passionately exhort you to explore your purpose and how to live it out in this season. His Kingdom needs YOU, and fulfilling your call is why you’re here.
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