Identifying purpose in a crazy world

“For the far much or little bit you know about me what can you say in terms of skills or abilities or talents or anything else is significantly what am excellent or best at.? Then also you can identify one area that you’ve noticed am poor in.. I’ll appreciate much for your honest response.”

I received this message from my bossom brother. Just this week I had this conversation with my sister. I constantly have this same question pop in my head. In my first year first semester in campus, our lecturer required us to write down our vision and share with mentors, family and friends and get honest feedback. My outcome – lots of feedback, to be honest I don’t remember any of it accurately! I have grown over the years and my ear is getting better at hearing and discerning God’s purpose for me – His call. Through success and through brokenness. I was ecstatic that these young people were searching for clear discerning of purpose. Seek and you shall find is the promise! I remember though telling myself that I would be so valuable as a graduate that organizations I worked with would be so blessed to have me on board. Amen to that. Amen Amen it is so. It should however not puff me up or bring vain-glory but glory to God when the light in me shines! I have failed so many times but I choose to arise again and fight for my dream.

It is dangerous to let people define us because they may end up confining us. Yes people can be used by God to point us to the right direction but our guidepost should be the sovereign word of God.

-He called us by name

-He appointed us prophets to the nations

-He has engraved us on the palm of His hand

-He gives us anointing to effect the tasks

-He gives sufficient grace to handle the accompanying thorns if any

-He asks us to run the race set before us with endurance

-He provides resources needed for our journey

1 Peter 4:10-11 God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.

Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.

Listening to God

Listening to God tunes our attention to Him and away from our fears, failures and the noise in the culture(world) around us. As we live in a sinful, broken world, it can feel as though its all cold and bitter. Comparison(the thief of joy), competition and scarcity mentality blind many children of God from living as God intended – blessed – the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM. 

Calling

Another thing to note is that purpose and calling may come in two forms:

°Dynamic: Example Abraham received promise of being a father of many nations. Through him all the nations of the earth would be blessed. However, it was a whole 25years until Isaac, the child of promise and his heir was born. He walked with God by faith. God fulfilled His promise despite the detour of Abraham and his wife Sarah of giving way to fear and diverting to Hagar for Ishmael. God had to reassure him that he would carry through with His promise.

Genesis 15:1-4 Afterward the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since I don’t have a son, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no children, so one of my servants will have to be my heir.” Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own to inherit everything I am giving you.”

°Immediate: example of the calling of Peter who was called by Jesus to leave his fishing business and become a fisher of men. 

St. Mark 1:16-18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. Jesus called out to them, ” Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people! ”

And they left their nets at once and went with him.

Elisha was also called in a similar format to take up the mantle from Elijah who was soon ascending to heaven. 

1 Kings 19:19-21 So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field with a team of oxen. There were eleven teams of oxen ahead of him, and he was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and walked away again. Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!” Elijah replied, “Go on back! But consider what I have done to you.” Elisha then returned to his oxen, killed them, and used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the other plowmen, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.

Relevation is dynamic. 

As we mature in the faith, God gives us boldness to live our purpose without fear, He enlightens us by availing opportunities for us to be mentored and strengthened in faith. Through the power of the Holy spirit, He helps us overcome our weaknesses. He gives grace to cover us so our “thorns” don’t hinder our work.

Practical ways to see your uniqueness that supports your calling and purpose.

GAIN acronym – adapted from Chrystal Evans Hurst

Gifts – natural

Abilities – natural or acquired/learnt

Passions – things that you love doing, old ones that you let die or new ones that you’ve not had time to nurture

Interests – areas that you identify with

Nature – your natural bent what makes you unique, part of our personality (introvert/extrovert)

What else shapes us:

Experiences – both good and bad.

Opportunities – through family upbringing, school, workplace or church.

God is using your brokenness

Don’t despise your brokenness. God can use it to heal another person. Life is a journey. God is not accidental but intentional. He sees the end from the beginning.

He never wastes experiences.

Even apparent weaknesses and things we don’t like about ourselves or others don’t like about us, contribute to our wholeness. They help us to depend on God fully. In our weaknsss He is merciful! If you have determined to serve God, He will never let you fall. At the very least they keep us from being conceited by being full of ourselves. Practically when we see someone else struggle similarly, we will have empathy and can give grace which we ourselves have received.

God will use it all the good and the bad!

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

If you don’t have all answers ask a colleague, a friend, a sibling or a parent or child if they are old enough to tell you. 

Do what you can with what you have.

“Where do you see yourself in five years, one year, one week, or one day? This can be a difficult question to answer, but it is imperative that you hold vision for your life. Without vision, your life shifts into idle.

“When you have an idea or vision for what you want to manifest in life, the wheels are set in motion. It is as if you’ve shifted out of ‘park’ and into fast forward. All your thinking, creativity, active and passive energy begins to consciously and unconsciously direct itself toward that which you want to create.

“It is really quite simple. Without a vision nothing happens. There is nowhere to direct your thoughts or energy. Without a vision, growth and movement comes to a halt. With vision, life becomes a course of ongoing expansion, opening doors to infinite possibility.”

— Ellen Shaeffer —

Vision

1.Write it down

2.Get in the habit of journaling

3.Pray for quickening of your dreams and refuse delay, denial or substitution.

Dedication:

Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you (a child of God, my words) not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.

~ From A RETURN TO LOVE by Marianne Williamson © 1992 (Paperback; pp 190-191)

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