08, November 2018

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You Must Know Your Life’s Purpose

‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.’ Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

The Bible says that ‘we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.’ (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) Before you decide on a career or what you’ll devote your life to, seek God for guidance. Nothing can take the place of knowing His will. If you don’t know it, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things. And even if you’re well-paid, you’ll experience an emptiness and lack of fulfilment within.

Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, a Nazi death camp survivor, said: ‘Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… a concrete assignment that demands fulfilment. Therein he cannot be replaced… everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity.’ God created you for a specific purpose. Your responsibility (and your joy) is to identify it. Here are four questions to ask yourself when it comes to identifying your life’s purpose:

(1) What am I searching for? All of us have a strong desire in our hearts; something that speaks to our deepest thoughts, longings, and feelings; something that sets our souls on fire.

(2) Why was I created? Think about your unique mix of abilities, the relationships and resources available to you, your personal history, and the opportunities around you. These are all directional signposts.

(3) Do I believe in my potential? Leadership expert John Maxwell says, ‘No one can consistently act in a manner that is inconsistent with the way he or she sees themselves.’

(4) When should I start? The answer to that question is ‘Now!’

SoulFood: Is 53–57, Jn 8:42–59, Ps 123, Prov 29:1–3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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