“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations – that’s what I had in mind for you.”
Jeremiah 1:5 (The Message)
It is powerful to know your true identity and why you exist. The Bible gives in-depth illustrations of many people who either arrived on the scene knowing why they were created or, through the course of life, discovered their guiding purpose for being on the planet.
- Jeremiah received personal assurance from God that he was equipped to take on the tasks appointed to him – despite his age.
- Deborah was a prophetess who gave insight for a great national victory during wartime – a well-respected and honorable woman in a male-dominated society.
- Joseph was destined for greatness and achieved it – regardless of the “haters” within his family.
- Esther delivered her people from utter destruction – by her obedience, wisdom, dedication to prayer, and willingness to take a risk.
- Daniel was set apart for wise leadership and empowered to pass every test placed before him – from interpretation of a king’s forgotten dreams to deliverance from a lion’s den.
- Mary was hand-selected to bring forth God’s greatest gift – above all others.
The list goes on. I have good news: you are included in this list! Whenever you examine, discover, and embrace your purpose, the heart’s cry, “Why am I here, Lord?” is inevitably addressed.
Luke 1:31-33 depicts how Jesus’ purpose and greatness was made known to His mother before He was in her womb. Jesus’ earthly ministry lasted three years, and much preparation took place before he launched out. Yet, those three years were packed with power, miracles, changed lives, and the demonstration of God’s glory. Quality of time, not quantity, made the difference as Jesus impacted those who came across His path. To some, three years seems like a short time; to others, it’s a long time – it all depends on what you’re setting out to accomplish. Romans 14:12 reminds us that “every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” How are you living in light of that fact?
As a person of faith, you may often reflect on the fact that you have been given the priceless gift of life – and with that, a certain amount of time (your life span) is allotted for you to fulfill the purpose God created just for you. In Luke 16, Jesus told the story of a rich man with a servant who got “called on the carpet.” His master confronted him, “Give an account of your stewardship!” When this man realized his position was in jeopardy, he immediately got busy being productive for his master’s benefit.
Each of us faces a similar moment of truth today. When God glimpses you, does He see you fervently serving Him – or your own interests? He expects His faithful children to commit to using the gifts He entrusted to them (time, talent, energy, skills, abilities, etc.) to profit and promote His Kingdom. Over 2,000 years later, Jesus’ life holds a legacy that we continue to benefit from. Are your actions today creating a legacy that will bless those who look beneath the surface of your life? Power in action will cause you to be a wise investor and not a resource waster!
Knowing your purpose and the power provided for you to fulfill it will guide and direct your path, help you select the activities in which you participate, influence where you decide to invest your time, and impact the people (positive or negative) you allow to sow into your lives. During your personal time of meditation, consider reading Psalm 139:13-16 and Isaiah 49:1-5 to appreciate the fact that you were designed for a specific purpose. Greatness lies within YOU. Tap in and allow God to powerfully direct your purpose; it will make a difference in your life.
After all, walking in your purpose with power is what life is all about.
Enjoy the journey…
© Copyright 2008 by Kayren J. Cathcart