What is your purpose in Life?
Are you worried that by the time you reach 30, 40, 50 or 60 you’ll have nothing but a
deep sense of regret?
Occasionally things slip out of focus and the lines that you try to live by become
blurred as your days grow busier and busier. Do you often feel as if something is
missing in your life? Maybe you want to make a bigger difference in the world than
you feel you are, but you aren’t sure how. If you’re feeling demotivated, unsure of
yourself, aimless, can’t find your passion, not clear on what your purpose in life is?
You’re in good company; most people are in the same boat! At the end of the day,
what you’re looking for is a meaningful and purposeful life … a life that matters. So,
what is the secret?
Here it is: “When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will
tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and
to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
When we commit our lives to Jesus, we commit to an enduring, lifelong mission. We
commit to a life of speaking, acting, thinking and relating out the transforming and
joyful experience of being in a relationship with Christ. That’s it. Wherever you are,
whatever you do, whether you think it’s the best fit or worst job ever—God wants you
to live out His mission.
The purpose for your life—the deepest place where you find meaning and
satisfaction—transcends any role, job or circumstance you are facing. When Jesus
walked the earth, He blew up everyone’s paradigm on what it means to be purposeful
– He sent angels to the guys working the dead-end jobs.
– He held up kids in front of the celebrity pastors of the day and told them
they should get acquainted with their own childlikeness if they wanted to
find the Kingdom.
– He took the shadiest characters and cast-offs and made them powerful in
Yet we all worry that our jobs aren’t meaningful enough and our work doesn’t fulfill
us—and we want God to change that, like, yesterday.
When we turn from our own ideas and commit our daily lives to His mission, we begin
to walk more in step with Him. We take the humble posture of believing that God has
us where we are for a reason. Even as we take steps or work toward the next thing, we
can keep our hearts present in today. We can ask God to let us be more concerned for
His mission and less concerned with our mission.