Three Foundations to Finding Purpose by Sharmon Coleman
My God-given purpose in this season of life is . . .
Can you answer this question immediately with absolute confidence? Uh huh. I struggle with this answer, too. Why can finding and living out our purpose be so difficult when it’s such a profound desire? I would like to suggest 3 foundations we often ignore in our eagerness to DO. So often we speed bump over the very foundations of purpose.
3 Foundations to Finding Purpose
1. Know and Believe Who God Says He Is
If you grew up in church like I did, I have much knowledge about Who He is. He’s Creator, Healer, Sustainer, Deliverer, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and more. I had an intellectual knowledge of Him, but I had not experienced Him as such in my life. I unknowingly had a deep distrust of Father God due to a broken example in my earthly life. Abba continues to tenderly expose and heal my faulty beliefs about Him by introducing situations where I have to trust in Who He is. The result? I can combat the fears that arise when He calls me into the uncharted territory of His current purpose because I know and believe that “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2. These words aren’t just a memory verse, they have taken up residence in my joints and marrow, propelling me forward. Continuing to grow in our knowledge and belief of Who He is provides the very foundation of knowing and living out His purpose. Beloved, apart from Him you can do NOTHING. Stay attached to the Vine continually (John 15:5).
2. Know and Believe Who God Says You Are
I’m sure you can rattle off many verses about who we are in Christ. Do you truly believe they apply to you? Want to do a quick inventory? How do you see yourself? What is your self-talk? Mine usually goes something like this . . .
Sharmon, you’re such an idiot!
Sharmon, you have NOTHING to offer.
Sharmon, don’t even try because you are sure to fail.
Sharmon, who do you think you are?
Remember those verses that come to mind about who we are in Christ? Beloved, if you don’t have a deeply rooted belief in who He says you are, you will spin your proverbial wheels in trying to walk out your purpose. The stability, confidence, and energy we need to FIGHT the good fight and not give up or get sidelined comes from knowing and believing WHO you are IN CHRIST.
3. Know Who God Has Gifted to You to Walk Out Your Purpose
Community/relationship is the very essence of God as revealed by The Trinity.. At salvation, we are invited into that relationship, and He gives us brothers and sisters in Christ to keep us company and spur us on to love and do good works while we slog through this life on our way to Heaven (Hebrews 10:24 ). We all have preconceived ideas about what community looks like. Maybe it’s a church group, prayer group, Bible study group, accountability group and/or service group. Can I stretch the definition by suggesting that community can be a couple of people with whom you share your own spiritual struggles and victories? Community can be who you are mentoring or being mentored by. It can happen inside or outside of a church building. Why is it so important to be fully known and to fully know others? If you take an ember out of the fire, it will lose its heat. Animals that stray from the herd are picked off by predators. Dear One, community is integral to living out our purpose for protection and encouragement. If you shy away from this truth due to past rejections, let God heal You and lead you to another someone or someones. Community is a gift from God.
Our purpose flows out of these three foundations. I double dog dare you to take time to ask God Who He is, who He says you are, and who He’s given to you to walk out your purpose. Then LISTEN and WRITE DOWN what He says. Better yet, make this an ongoing part of your time with Him. When you continue to grow in each of these areas, your current purpose-filled assignment(s) will organically emerge.
If you want to go deeper with this concept, then register for April 7th’s Overflow gathering where we’ll spend a day sharing, praying, and journaling so that we OVERFLOW with His abundance, which propels our purpose.