Any person who wants to live a successful life must settle the question of purpose of life. The first and most important question is, what is God’s purpose for my life? What is it that God created me for? What does God want me to do for Him with my life? What is His assignment for me?
These are fundamental questions that must be clearly answered by every person created by God. And the answers to them must be right for anyone who aspires to live a successful life.
These questions come naturally to everyone and how they are answered determines the direction and destiny of each individual. God is never vague about His purpose for anyone’s life. Instead, He has always been eager to show people why they were created.
God has a purpose for everyone. To be happy and fulfilled, the onus is on each of us to seek out that purpose in order to actualise it. God is extremely interested in your discovery of His purpose for your life. He will gladly let you know this purpose, if you will ask Him. He says in Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV), “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
God is ready to instruct and direct you if you are obedient. Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV) says, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Also, in Acts 9:6 (NKJV), Paul of Tarsus asked Jesus, ‘’Lord, what do you want me to do?”
God will reward or pay only for the services He has ordered. That means that however hard one works, as long as it is outside the will and plan of God, the service doesn’t count. In Deuteronomy 28:12, God promised to bless the works of our hands. This implies the works which He has commissioned.
The efforts and resources invested in our services shall be tested. 1 Corinthians 3:15 says, “Each one’s work will become clear, for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
As a believer, you are saved but a lot of your services may be wasted because they are not rewarded. No sensible individual would like to do useless work but that is what those working outside God’s will are unknowingly doing.
You go about life with untapped potentials when you are not sure of God’s purpose for your life. You move from one type of business to the other but there is no success or fulfilment. You move from one location to the other, thinking that location is your problem. You establish contacts with influential people thinking that your problem is not connecting with the right people. You work from early morning to late in the night but that does not solve your problem. Psalm 127:1a (NKJV) says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.”
Living without purpose will make you jealous of other people. You envy others who are flourishing in their God-given assignments and want to be like them. The person who is in alignment with God’s purpose does not look around to compare himself with others. He is busy with his own assignment and remains focused and committed. He is fulfilled and contented.
The big question is, have you discovered what you were born to do? Until you do that, you may constitute a nuisance to the society, a square peg in a round hole. You may make a lot of movement but no progress. You are not preparing to give account of your stewardship and yourself when this life is over. You will not be among those to whom Jesus will say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21).
It is important to treat discovery of purpose with a sense of seriousness and urgency because life is short. No one should live and die without fulfilling the purpose of God for his life. Such death could be said to be a bad one.
At the same time no one should die without completing God’s assignment for his life. I love what Apostle Paul said towards the end of his life. In 2 Timothy 2:6-8 (NKJV), he said, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”