WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?
By Eddie Hedges
Every person has dreamed big dreams at one time or another, especially when they were young. When I was a young boy, growing up in small town America, I wanted to be a professional baseball player when I grew up. Needless to say, that did not happen. As we start to get older, our dreams change. So here is the question I have for you—what is your purpose for being here on this great planet? Why did God place you here at this particular point in history? Was it for a specific reason? What if I told you that God’s vision for you is greater than you can imagine or envision? Let’s pursue this a little bit, ok?
From the Bible, Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” I believe God is saying to us, call out to Him in prayer, and He will use us to do “great and mighty” things beyond what we can imagine or envision.
This is further supported in Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV), “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” God can do in us, more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power. Can you grasp what this is saying?
Let me share with you some Biblical examples to support what I believe. First, let us look at the story of David and Goliath. Do you think that when David was a shepherd tending his father’s sheep that he dreamed of killing a giant or that he would someday become King of Israel? I don’t think that he did. But, God was preparing him at that time to face Goliath later in his life. From the 17th Chapter of 1 Samuel we see where David tells King Saul he was capable of facing Goliath because he had previously slew a lion and a bear while taking care of his father’s sheep. God used those experiences to prepare David to face Goliath. David says in verse 37 that “The Lord delivered him out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, and that God would deliver him out of the hand of Goliath.” And that is how God is preparing us to great and mighty things. Our life experiences, training, and the people with whom we associate, all of these are preparing us to do things greater than what we could imagine. But it is all to be for God’s glory.
How about the life of Moses? Most of Moses’ life was spent preparing him to lead the Israelites from Egypt through the wilderness to the Promise Land. Born a Hebrew, but raised in Pharaoh’s house, so Moses knew the Egyptian ways and customs and could gain access into Pharaoh’s palace and be permitted to come before Pharaoh to speak. When he killed the Egyptian because he was mistreating a Hebrew slave, the other Hebrews saw what he did and so he gained their respect. He spent 40 years in the wilderness tending sheep. There he learned how to survive in the wilderness and tending sheep prepared him to lead the Israelites through the wilderness. When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, twice Moses objected. Once because he thought the Israelites would not believe him and second because he was not eloquent in speech. But when Moses went before Pharaoh, he didn’t say I demand you let the people go. He said he was speaking for the God of Israel. Moses was there to glorify God and to serve Him. I am not able to locate anywhere in Scripture where Moses stated that his life’s ambition was to lead God’s people to the Promise Land. If that was his goal, why did he twice try to convince God otherwise? God was going to do great and mighty things that Moses knew not in his life. The Book of Exodus gives us the details of Moses’ life and how God prepared him for this mission.
Consider our Biblical friend, Noah. Do you think as a young man Noah was setting his goals to build an ark and gather two of a kind of all the animals on the earth and to go on an extended cruise while the rest of the world was destroyed? He also had to gather food for all of them to eat while they were on the boat. Both of these task were huge. But God was going to do great and mighty things through Noah. Did Noah face ridicule from the citizens of the earth? Yes, but when God is with you, there is no task too great and no obstacles that cannot be overcome. Chapters 6 through 10 of Genesis gives us the details of Noah’s life and how God used him for His glory.
Another Biblical example would be the Apostle Paul. Prior to Paul meeting the Risen Savior, Jesus Christ, on the road to Damascus, he was a persecutor of the Church and of the disciples of Jesus. His name was Saul, before his encounter with Jesus, and then his name was changed to Paul. Saul was an educated, elite Jew who persecuted Jesus’ followers. He was feared by the Christians because he was so intense in his efforts to destroy the Church. Obviously, Paul never considered that he would become the greatest missionary every on behalf of the Gospel of Jesus. Again, God was going to do a great and mighty thing in the life of Paul. The 9th Chapter of Acts tells of Paul’s conversion.
So what does all of this have to do with you? Why are you here? What is your purpose in this life on earth? I personally believe we were all placed here at this specific point in time for a special God given purpose. We are all here to serve, but how we do it is unique to each of us individually. God has spent your whole life, and will continue to do so, preparing you to do something “great and mighty that you know not.” He has placed people, events, experiences, maybe even hardship and adversity in your life for a specific reason or ministry and He wants you to use it for His glory. We are told in 1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV), “Whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” This is further supported in Colossians 3:17 (KJV), “And whatever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Pursue your dreams and make the absolute most out of your life. But just consider, God may be preparing you for something great that you have never imagined or envisioned. I believe that in everything in which we are involved, it should be better because we are a part, that we made a Godly and a Spiritual difference. It is about what God can do in you, not for you. Let God use you in a great and mighty way that you know not and do it all for His glory.
Eddie Hedges is the author of THE HEART OF FINANCIAL MATTERS, SEEKING A SERVANT’S HEART. Ebooks available for $0.99 at iuniverse.com and barnesandnoble.com. For additional articles by Eddie Hedges, please go to www.authorwebservices-gem.net/Authorsxpress/Author.