Finding Christ as your Savior is not God’s only desire for your life. In fact, becoming a Christian is a means to an even greater end: discovering the unique purpose for which you were created.
The most common image used in the Bible for the church is the human body. 1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “You are Christ’s body and individually members of it.” Yet, the entire body or church is no stronger than the individual parts of the body (Ephesians 4:14-16). Just as the human body needs all if its parts to function properly, so the church depends on each one of us knowing the part God has assigned us to play.
1. God created you for a great purpose.
When we talk about God’s purpose for your life, we are talking about your eternal purpose. God created us to have fellowship with Him. God’s purpose also involves our being transformed into the image of Christ. “For whom God foreknew he predestined to be conformed to the image of His son.” God is using every circumstance in your life to make you more like Jesus Christ.
But God’s also has an immediate purpose for your life. This is why God left you here on earth rather than taking you to heaven. If God took you to heaven the moment you were saved, God’s eternal purposes for your life could be instantly fulfilled. 1 John 3:3 says that in our new bodies which we receive at the Rapture “we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.”
So, the question is, for what purpose have we been left here on earth? Why would God be willing to postpone His enjoyment of a perfect relationship with us and prolong His ultimate desire for us to become just like Christ?
2. Your purpose is connected to God’s purpose.
Many of your questions about God's plan can be answered by grasping this simple truth: You have been created by God, selected by God, and empowered by God to fulfill His agenda, not yours.
Erwin McManus says it well: “The question is not, ‘God, what is Your will for my life?’ Instead, it is, ‘God what is Your will, and how can I give my life to it?’” That is a powerful concept.
What is God’s will? Here are some clues:
God’s will, God’s desire is that as many people as possible be rescued from the certainty of hell through the saving power of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:3-4). As Paul writes in Colossians 1:13-14, God wants to deliver people from the domain of darkness and transfer us into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. And He has left you and me here on earth to partner with Him in that great mission.
God doesn't need anyone or anything. But God has chosen to allow us to participate in the achievement of His grand, redemptive plan for the universe.
3. Your purpose is centered within the local church.
Today, many Christians treat the local church as an antiquated organization that has outlived its usefulness or they see it as an inferior organization to other groups that are doing “real ministry.” But the local church is God’s creation to carry out God’s purpose (Ephesians 3:21). Only the local church was designed by God. The church is God’s idea, God’s method for fulfilling the Great Commission.
If God created the local church as the organization through which to fulfill His purpose with its organization and accountability, then our time, giving, and spiritual gifts should be used in the context of the church.
Every Christian should have a ministry in the local church. You can use this formula to discover your ministry:
My Gifts + My Passion + The Church’s Need = My Ministry
4. Living your purpose is the key to fulfillment in life.
Many years ago, the most successful man of his day lamented about the emptiness of success. King Solomon expressed the inability of work, wealth, or pleasure to fill the vacuum of his life (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).
Eternal beings can only be satisfied by that which is eternal. You can't fill an entire ocean with only a bucket of water. Since, as Solomon observed, God has "placed eternity in our hearts," only that which transcends our brief existence on this planet can quench our thirst. We need an eternal Companion and an eternal purpose to fill our God-sized spirit with meaning.
And that purpose is to join with God in His mission to seek and save those who are lost. Fulfilling your purpose is also the key to fulfillment in the next life as well (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).
Only one life will soon be past. Only what is done for Christ will last.