In recent days, I have had many people ask me the question, “how do I find my purpose?” Since I know that my purpose is to teach others how to find their purpose, I don’t take this question lightly.
So, I have really been praying and seeking God for the wisdom of how to lead people in this very important endeavor. About a week ago, as I was talking to God about this very question, He whispered something to me that kind of threw me for a loop. He said, “Erica, finding your purpose is like building a house.”
After I thought about it and prayed about it some more, it began to make better sense to me. The first thing that you MUST understand about finding your purpose is that it’s not an easy process. It really can’t be summed up and condensed into one blog post, but I am going to do my best to share with you what God has imparted into me.
It is my greatest desire to see you fulfill your God-given purpose in life, and I am here to do everything I can to help you on your journey. Finding your purpose is a journey. It is not a one-time event.
You will not pray one prayer, “God reveal my purpose” and wake up the next day walking in your purpose. As much as I wish that were the case, it is not. Let me first give you a scripture that will better help you understand what I mean when I say “finding your purpose is like building a house.”
Let’s take a look at 1 Peter 2:2-5 “Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him–you also like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
This scripture is jam packed full of revelation concerning how to find and live out your purpose. You may be saying to yourself, “how is that so?” Let’s take some time to break this section of scripture down into actionable steps that you can use to begin the journey towards finding your purpose.
- You must CRAVE spiritual things.
The foundation of finding and living out your purpose is your relationship to God and with God. So, the first question you must ask yourself is, “How is my relationship with God?”
Your relationship with God is the foundation of the spiritual house that you are building. If you have NO relationship, you will never find your purpose.
You cannot just have an “on & off” type relationship with God if you are serious about finding your purpose. You must CRAVE after Him and after everything that concerns him if you ever want to experience the full manifestation of your purpose.
So, this is an essential first step to finding your purpose. It is one that cannot be left out, and there are no short-cuts! Why is this SO important?
God is the creator of your purpose so if you are not in constant communication with Him, how will you ever find it? Your purpose is not out there somewhere. It is locked up inside of the One who designed it before the foundation of the world. So, if you have not already, begin to develop a relationship with God that will eventually release your purpose.
- Finding your purpose is part of your spiritual growth.
If you have not taken the time to invest in your spiritual growth and development, you are going to have a very difficult time finding your purpose. Finding your purpose is the result of the investment that you make in your spiritual growth.
As you invest in building your relationship with God, just like building a house, God adds to you. He increases you in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge concerning why you are here.
Different aspects of your life, or pieces to the puzzle, begin to fit together nicely. None of this happens without an investment on your part.
Are you devoting yourself to daily prayer? Daily devotion? Are you surrounded with spiritually mature people who can help you along the way? You have to decide….how bad do you want to live out your purpose? How much are you willing to invest to do so?
- Finding your purpose is a spiritual sacrifice.
When people take time to build a house, they sacrifice time, money and energy. It’s the same thing with you if you want to find your purpose.
God is attempting to build you up into a spiritual house, but He needs your participation. This is not going to happen just because you want it to happen.
It’s going to happen because you have sacrificed. You have sacrificed your desires for God’s desires. You have sacrificed time engaging in natural endeavors that reap only natural returns in order to spend time endeavoring in the spirit.
As you make sacrifices, God honors that and He knows that He can trust you with your purpose. Remember, your purpose is not just about you. It is about the kingdom of God.
There are lives attached to your purpose so God must be able to trust you. Your sacrifice gets God’s attention and signals to Him that you are ready for the next phase in your journey towards finding your purpose.
In a nutshell, finding your purpose is MORE about relationship with God than it is about anything else. What God desires the most from His children is relationship.
This is why many people find it difficult to understand the will and plan of God for their lives. They are not willing to engage in the level of relationship that is necessary for purpose to begin to unfold. Purpose is an unfolding. It is an unveiling. It is a journey.
Just like building a house, it is discovered one brick at a time. One prayer at a time. One personal devotion at a time. One sacrifice at a time. When you are ready, God is waiting.
He is waiting to help you become a strong spiritual house, understanding and living out your purpose every single day. So, if you’re ready, let the process begin. I am here to help you along the way.
With Love, Erica