What Are You Here For?
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV)
Before you were planted in your mother’s womb or a thought in your parents’ mind, God had a plan for you. He sat in heaven with a purpose needing to be filled in the Earth and as He thought of who would be best to fill that purpose, the God of the universe chose YOU. As He had that thought of you, to create you as the vessel He would use to complete that task, it was a complete thought. A complete thought meaning that its entirety consisted of not just the idea of you as a person, but every single thing that had to do with your life. He knew exactly who He needed your parents to be, where you would grow up, the personality you would have, what you would look like and every other detail down to the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7).
God knew you would mess up, do precisely what He told you not to do, people would hurt you, life itself would try to shake your very foundation and none of it stopped Him from choosing you.
He knew your family, your life experiences, your relationships and the very thing you cried out to God about, asking why He would allow that to happen to you, would all shape you into exactly who He needed you to be to fill that purpose. And so, in that complete thought that included every one of your flaws and downfalls, He still chose you.
And since He chose you, formed you, cultivated your growth and drew you unto Himself while you were yet in your sin (Romans 5:8), it is now your responsibility to seek out that purpose and do everything within your power to complete your assignment. So why don’t we? Some of our lives are consumed by school, work, family and friends and others aren’t consumed at all. Many of us spend our time meandering through life with no real tenacity; no real drive to do anything significant and make an impact on this world. We wake up everyday with the only real goal being to make it back into bed that night. I know that life all too well. I have not only seen it all around me but also experienced it myself. There was a time when my days were empty and meaningless. I literally felt like a robot. I went through my days like clockwork. No excitement, no emotion, nothing to drive me, just routine. But I know I wasn’t alone in living that kind of life. Many people die still seeking the answer to what appears to be such an elusive question for us all… “What am I here for?” But there is a simple answer to that question, and it’s found in the book of Ephesians.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
We were created to do good works. And what good work is that? To bring glory to God by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Mark 16:15 (ESV)
This is a mandate for ALL of us, not just for the preachers we see in the pulpit every Sunday. We are often held back from reaching our full potential by the limitations we put on what it means to have a purpose. Your God-given purpose reaches far beyond the pulpit, far beyond the stage and far beyond the recognition of any of your peers. I’m not talking about merely ‘helping people’ but purposefully pursuing the opportunity to lead people to Christ as their Savior. Volunteering, feeding the poor, and seeking to do good deeds are all great, but if none of it includes telling people about Jesus the Christ then you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of God’s purpose. Your purpose, in whatever form God chose to give it to you, is for His glory and to evangelize the Kingdom of God.
You were never created to merely go to work each day and come home. Hang out with friends here and there, get married, have children and then leave this Earth having never done anything for God. You were never intended to shrink God’s plan for your life into a pursuit of money, marriage, children and fame. God has a purpose for everything. The very air in your lungs is a testament of God having a desire for you to complete the task He put you here for. Your pursuit should be Christ and whatever you can do to further the Kingdom agenda, not your own. For when you pursue the Kingdom agenda, you will never have to worry about God taking care of the things you desire (Matthew 6:33). But somehow we have twisted life to mean the exact opposite. Choosing to believe that going to church is all that being a Christian and believing in God requires of us. We live for ourselves, seek material things, relationships, acceptance and riches and neglect the very thing our hearts literally beat for.
Every beat of the heart within you is a reminder that you have a purpose; and since you are still here, you have more work to do.
It is beyond disheartening to see people going through life without seeking out their God-given purpose. You ask them what they want out of life and it can easily be summed up by money and love. But life is so much more than that! Real joy is found in doing the work of the Lord. You have never experienced true fulfillment until you lead someone closer to Christ. You will continue to feel that void, that feeling deep within you that something is missing, until you step outside of yourself and pursue your God-given purpose. Money won’t fill it, a spouse won’t fill it, nothing on this Earth will satisfy that gaping hole of desire for greater purpose. God wants you to have everything you desire in this life, but never at the expense of fulfilling your purpose on this Earth.
And so some may say, “I don’t know what my purpose is”. Once again, I can completely relate to this. But believe it or not, God has already given you a head start into figuring out your purpose. He did so by placing passion on the inside of you. What are you passionate about? What moves you the most? If you are passionate about helping children, work in ministries focused on children. If you love music, get involved with the church media team or sound engineers. If you have talent in designing graphics, begin to design Christian banners for websites and social media. Whatever it is, just get started. You don’t have to be the pastor, the Sunday school teacher, or the worship leader…God has a purpose for YOU and it’s just as important as anyone else’s.
As you work, the Lord will begin to show you your purpose. Then, as you follow His current instructions He will broaden your perspective about what He wants you to do. Many people want a quick, one-liner about what God’s purpose for them is and often that’s just not how it works. God reveals your purpose piece-by-piece as you grow. To be honest, I still don’t have an understanding of my purpose in its entirety. I started out helping in children’s ministry, then I began leading purity classes and the youth group, then last year the Lord led me to start writing and I became an author. Perhaps I just couldn’t have handled everything all at once, and I’m sure there’s even more to come, but as I go along doing His work He tells me what to do and the understanding of my purpose grows wider and wider. The key here is to just get started and listen for God’s instructions. I could have never imagined the things I am doing now. I promise He will lead you to places you never even dreamed of just for desiring to bring Him glory.
No matter what it seems like, or what anyone told you…you were put here for a reason. ALWAYS remember that. There is always hope, always something to live for, because God specifically designed you to do something He believed no one else could do. God had confidence in you before you could ever even begin to prove Him either right or wrong. But the clock is ticking and time is running out. There will be no redo and no second chance in this assignment. You have exactly ONE opportunity to get this assignment right before the teacher tells you your time is up. At some point in time, you will take your last breath on this Earth and enter into eternity. There you will stand before your Creator and answer for every deed you did in this body (2 Corinthians 5:10). You can receive a ‘well done’ if you complete your assignment, or a ‘depart from me you worker of iniquity’ if you choose to ignore it (Matthew 7:22-23). So because of this, it is vitally important that you seek out your purpose with all you have. Begin with your passions, think about the talents you have and then go for it. Soon you will discover what God has placed you here for and your life will never be the same.