Author: Sabrina Peters
When you hear the term ‘purpose’, what words come to mind? Success? Happiness? Meaning? Wealth? Marriage? Influence? Affluence? Talent? Relationships? As a Christian, I find my answer in God’s Word.
Romans 12:1-2 (The Message) puts it like this, “So, here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.”
For me, purpose looks like relationship. Walking with God and working with God.
Purpose looks like surrender. Letting go of my own agenda for God’s mission and mandate.
Purpose looks like transformation. Living free from fear and shame and walking in wholeness.
Purpose looks like obedience. Simply doing what He asks me to do.
Purpose looks like worship, like service, like sacrifice.
But the one thing that I really love about that verse is purpose takes place in the right here, right now.
Purpose looks like my ordinary everyday life, with God in the middle of it.
I remember when I was younger, I had this distorted image of purpose. I thought my calling was to become a youth pastor. So at 20, I became a youth pastor. I then thought my purpose was to grow a big youth ministry and be the best pastor I could be. It grew and the questions in my head continued. “What now? Is my purpose to become a young adult’s pastor? But I really do like teenagers, God.” Thankfully as I’ve aged and grown in maturity, I’ve realised that purpose, is less about getting somewhere, and more about walking with Someone.
Our greatest purpose and highest calling will always be to walk with God Himself. To truly know Him and be known by Him. Living with purpose starts with intimacy with our creator. First and foremost, our purpose is;
1. To Know God Intimately
The Bible tells us that God walked with Adam in the cool of the day. At our very core we were born to walk with God.
Song of Solomon 4:16 (TPT) paints this picture so vividly. “Then may your awakening breath blow upon my life until I am fully yours. Breathe upon me with your Spirit wind. Stir up the sweet spice of your life within me. Spare nothing as you make me your fruitful garden. Hold nothing back until I release your fragrance. Come walk with me as you walked with Adam in your paradise garden. Come taste the fruits of your life in me.”
We are made for God and nothing less will really satisfy us. – Brennan Manning
Our highest calling isn’t what we do for God, our highest calling is knowing God Himself.