In the world we live in today most people have the concept that life is all about “Me”. People are always looking for their purpose in life and trying to find what makes them feel fulfilled in this life. There are millions of self-help books to help us find who we are and how to feel fulfilled, but true self worth is not found in the “Me” concept but in who we are in Christ. Each person is individual with talents that the Lord has given us to help us fulfill who we are in His Kingdom.
We were made to glorify God and be part of His Kingdom. The Lord loves us, we were bought with a price. The Lord is our strength when we are weak, our hope in times of trouble and sorrow. There is no other like Him. He is the only one who can guide us into our purpose on this earth.
Let us discuss some signs we are not fulfilling our purpose and what the Word of God says about each of them.
Six signs you are not fulfilling your purpose in life and what the scriptures say about each one.
1. You constantly think about “Me” and everything you do centers around you and how it will affect you with little regard for how your actions or lack of actions will affect other people.
We were made to serve first God then others. Our first thought for each day should be “Lord what can I do for you today and how can I help others physically but most of all spiritually?”
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Luke 6:30-38 “Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Galatians 5:13-14 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Hebrews 5: 10-12 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
You lack joy and excitement. …
2. If you wake up every day filled with dread or with a feeling of boredom you’re probably not doing what you were meant to do. God has created you uniquely and has good things planned for you. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy. Even though there will be difficult things you encounter that require patience and persistence, overall you should have a sense of joy and peace that fills your days, your work and your relationships.
Galatians 5:23-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law
3. You don’t feel much fulfillment in life/You feel something is lacking in your life.
If you go through your days experiencing little fulfillment, you may be wandering from your God-given purpose. Fulfillment comes from doing rewarding, meaningful, purposeful things. From a job that taps into your skills and passions. From a relationship that involves giving and receiving. From hobbies that are invigorating instead of mind-numbing. Yes, you’ll have to do certain things that are boring and unfulfilling, but if you’re life feels empty you probably need a change.
Psalms 16: 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Psalms 37:4-9 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
4. You work so that you don’t have to work. …
You know the feeling of pointless work. You go to the work, clock in, do your job, then go home and collapse in front of the television. You work for the weekends and for retirement and you find no joy in what you accomplish.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.”
Would you say that this kind of joy characterizes your life and work? If not, you may need to rethink where you’re headed in life.
5. You feel stuck or have no direction in life If you desperately want a change but also feel totally stuck in your life, that’s almost certainly a sign that you’re not walking according to God’s purpose. Those who are stuck want to go in a particular direction but don’t know how to get there so they spin their wheels, feeling endlessly frustrated but unsure of how to make the frustration end. Do you feel trapped, or feel like your wondering around aimlessly?
6. Maybe you don’t know God’s purpose for your life or you constantly feel a sense of aimlessness. You feel as though you’re wandering from thing to thing without any forward progress. Nothing excites you and you don’t have any specific goals you’re working toward. All actions start in the mind and what we dwell on is what we will accomplish. So let you mind dwell on God, think on the good things of life.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
As you think on the good things of God He will begin to show you direction in your life and give you a drive to accomplish His purpose for His kingdom.
GO TO GOD IN PRAYER.
Again, let’s start with the obvious. If you feel purposeless, ask God to give you wisdom and direction.
James 1:5 states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
That’s incredibly good news. God wants to give you a purpose. He wants to bestow divine wisdom on you. God is not holding out on you to make you miserable. He desires for you to have a joyful, ambitious, purposeful life. Ask God for purpose and wait faithfully for Him to give it to you.
DIG INTO GOD’S WORD. The primary way God speaks to us is through the Bible. This means that one of the first things you should do in your search for God’s purpose is to start digging into scripture. Now, you won’t find any verses that tell you to become a dance instructor or painter, but you will begin to understand the heart of God.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s word brings light to paths that otherwise seem dark. In the Bible you learn how to live wisely in God’s world, which is the first step toward finding your purpose.
DETERMINE YOUR GIFTS AND STRENGTHS.
God has given you very specific gifts and strengths. Maybe you’re a math whiz or a wise counselor. Maybe you have a mind for electronics or business. Maybe you’re great at organizing people and getting things done. God’s purpose for you probably involves the things you’re already good at.
DETERMINE YOUR PASSIONS AND WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL SATIFIED.
What is one thing you’re particularly passionate about? Really, this can be anything. Business, art, economics, alleviating poverty, whatever. If you could choose anything in life, what would you love to do?
Determining your passions often helps you figure out what God has called you to do. It’s often said that God works at the intersection of our gifts and our passions. Where do your gifts meet your passions? That may be God’s purpose for you.
ASK OTHERS TO PRAY WITH YOU FOR GOD TO SHOW YOU YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
SPEND TIME ALONE WITH GOD IN PRAYER AND STUDY OF HIS WORD.
TRUST THE LORD THAT HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH AS YOU LISTEN FOR HIS DIRECTION.
Psalms 23:2-3 “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
You may feel confused, but God doesn’t, and he will show you your true direction of life if you will just put your faith in Him.