By: Gail Armatys
Why do you need to know God’s plan and purpose for your life?
Good question. If you, like many, find yourself spinning into the ground going no where while trying to figure out how to make your life better…more meaningful…less empty, I’d like to suggest that the answer to the God’s plan and purpose question may begin with yet another question.
This was written beautifully and appropriately on a board in the chapel of our church. It gets to the heart of God’s plan and purpose quickly…and reminds me of Paul when he tells the Galatians…
And they praised God because of me.
Paul, Galatians 1:24
I don’t think Paul was bragging. I think he was humbled and awed. He was saying that because God changed his life so drastically from one who persecuted believers to one who ‘now is preaching the faith he once tried to destroy’ (v. 23) others praise God and in the process fulfill a piece of His vision for Paul, the believers of Galatia, and for us. Paul knew his changed life was not his doing. Only a powerful and merciful God could call such a dark and lethal heart to surrender for the good of His people and purpose.
So it is with us. We are designed to affect other’s lives by knowing and living our unique and independent purpose so that together in faith we may accomplish God’s greater plan and purpose.
Who is better at life because of you? Only eight words ~ but ones that both pierce and satisfy. It is a question that calls you to put your faith into action and changes lives all while providing answers to your personal quest for life purpose, creating unity for the cause and sake of Christ, and the fulfillment of His glorious vision.
Write down your answers to these thought-provoking questions. Then, prayerfully meditate on your responses.
- What has God given you to do today in your family, church, and community? You have responsibilities and people to care for at home, within your church, and in the neighborhood or town where you live in a way only you can. God values how you respond to what and whom He has given into your life. Evaluate how you respond to what and whom God has placed in your life. Are you burdened by taking on too much? Or, do you sense you’re not making a difference? Are you willing to invest yourself in others? What does God desire of you? Do your answers line up with Scripture? Who is better at life because you do the important work God has given you to do today in your family, church, and community?
- What character traits do you reveal? Does Christ shine through you? Do you display love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, humility, honesty, obedience, and a servant’s heart? If your answer is, ‘not-so-much,’ would you be willing to surrender opposing character traits such as fear, pride, impatience, harshness, dishonesty? Who will be better at life because you do this?
- If you could do anything, what would it be? What are the passions, dreams, and desires of your heart? Perhaps your life is so full of busyness and worry that you don’t remember you have a dream. It’s there. God planted it long ago. To help refresh your memory or perhaps discover your dream for the first time…take a moment and reflect on the times that brought you the most joy. Ask others where you think your passions lie. Be bold and get involved in something new to serve others. What lights a spark? Seek to invest more of yourself in these experiences. You will begin to see how God’s plan and purpose for you is intertwined with your heart’s-desire, your history, experiences, relationships, and with His all-encompassing big picture plan. And remember to ask yourself, who will be better at life if you begin to live your dream?
Asking yourself the ‘Who is better at life because of me?’ question adds meaning to your days, clarifies His plan and purpose for your life, and glorifies God by joining together with others in the completion of His greater vision.
Lord, thank you that you have created me with a plan and purpose in mind. Open my eyes and heart to all you have for me. I pray to be more like Christ, know and live the dream you have placed in my heart, and fulfill your plan and purpose. I pray others are better at life because of your work through me, and that together your greater purpose is served. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Listen to Your HeartSong