In today’s daily devotional we’re going to be talking about how to ignite your passion and step into God’s purpose for your life. Tell me what you think in the chat box or by tweeting me @GodlywodGirl. I love hearing other people’s perspectives because my youth pastor taught me we can always learn from other people’s viewpoints on something.
Now outside God’s church, people in the world typically define your “purpose” as whatever it is you want it to be, right? You live life doing what you want to do when you want to do it as long as it makes you happy in that moment.
But here why that method is flawed.
Happiness is a temporary emotion. It’s not everlasting. Joy is the feeling that everyone is looking for, which is personal satisfaction, contentment with your life, and that peaceful feeling of just being “good.” But you can’t get that everlasting feeling without being exactly what God created you to be, without being your authentic self.
So you end up looking for validation from other people to tell you whether or not your happy and successful. And you end up getting distracted by all the different opinions that you end up feeling insecure in who you are and what you have and you’re constantly seeking the next “thing” to feel validated by everybody other than God. This is an endless cycle and the more you get, the more you need validation, the more distractions the enemy will send your way because the enemy knows your focusing on what your friends and families are telling you, not what god’s telling you. And you end up being miserable. Because things can’t buy you happiness. Only God can bring you true joy.
You end up feeling like you’re drifting along without a current, you feel like you don’t have a lot of self worth, you feel like you’re not substantial, you feel depressed and anxious and stressed and you don’t really know how to fix it. You feel unsatisfied and discontent with your life.
And here’s another reason that method is flawed.
You spend time and money on things that you don’t really enjoy and have nothing to do with your true authentic self. You end up feeling like an imposter. And worse – you’re working a career that you aren’t passionate about and doesn’t bring any value to your life. You get older and end up saying “ I wish I had…” instead of “praise God I did.”
Now here’s what a lot of Christians don’t realize. God didn’t create us to be inauthentic. God didn’t create us to hide who we really are. Every single one of us were created with a purpose. Romans 8:28 says in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. What is that purpose?
The Great Commission - Matthew 28:16-20New International Version (NIV) 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is your purpose. To tell others about the love of God. To tell them that Jesus loves them, and died for them, and if they believe in Him they can spend eternity with Him.
But the WAY you do this, the way you tell other’s about His name, is your specific calling.
Paul says we have one body, but many different spiritual gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:4-24 - 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
Your piece of the puzzle, your chunk of the pie, that is what God has called you to do. And how do you find out what your spiritual gifts are? #1 way – to look inside you. It’s already there. What your passionate about, what your interested in. . So the first step is identifying what that passion is six inside of you. It's probably something you're afraid to do. Because it’s going to be impossible for you to accomplish it without God. It's probably something that someone has told you isn't good enough, that you want make money at. It's probably something that you think is just a hobby, but she would do it for free.
That's one of the biggest indicators of your passion. You would do it for free. It's that thing you think is impossible to get paid for because you love it so much. But guess what, you can get paid for it. You can you can sign God light with it. You can absolutely bring more people to his kingdom, and live a life of abundance and success, because you step into the passion God has given you.
I have a really easy questionnaire you can take that walks you through figuring out what gifts you already have. You can grab it now at www.purposegift.com
And when you do this, when you’re living in God’s purpose and being your authentic self and being exactly what God created you to be, you can finally unlock inner joy and contentment.
By achieving God’s purpose for your life, you can finally feel answer that gut feeling you have and start living your best self.
You can finally start reaching your full potential and becoming what God made you to be. You can breathe easier because you know you’re taking charge of your life instead of letting other people dictate whether you go left or right. Because let me tell you, even if you start by working on your passion just 5 minutes a day, you’ll start to feel that bubble of excitement you’ve been missing for so long.
You can feel connected with our purpose, you can feel aligned with your core values, you can create a positive impact on the world by sharing God’s love through your natural gifts and abilities, you can reinvent yourself and be your best self.
And – when you get to heaven, you can give God an account for what He called you to do. Because you will have to give God account.
In Matthew 25:14-30 – Matthew tells us the story of the talents.
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
You will get to heaven and give God account on exactly how you used the gifts and TALENTS He has given you.
Lord – You’ve given me the gift of encouragement. Look, I write daily devtionals that encourage other women to use their talents to share your name. I produced one more with the one you gave me.
Lord – You’ve given me the gift of dancing. Look, I’ve danced in praise teams that go church to church and share the gospel of Christ through music. I produced dozens more believers with the one talent you’ve given me.
Lord – You’ve given me the gift of worship. Look, I became a worship leader and helped women to deepen their faith to the point where they’re now using their gifts to bring others to Your name. With the one gift You gave me, I’ve produced thousands more.
What are you doing with God’s gift?
And if you can’t answer that, don’t worry. It’s not too late. You can apply this into your life today by starting to figure out what gifts and abilities God has given you. Grab my free guide at www.purposegift.com where you can sign up to get my free daily inspiration to encourage you delivered right to your inbox each morning, plus you’ll get the “What’s Your Purpose” guide that walks you through identifying your God-given talents and abilities. Take the questionnaire to see where God wants you to do and go. Remember it all starts within you.
Then spend time in prayer, worship and praise asking God to reveal it to you. He ALWAYS responds. You just have to open yourself up to receiving His message.
Today’s Affirmation Statement:
God has created me to do GREAT THINGS for His Kingdom in this world. I have everything I need to step into my divine calling. I am equipped with all the talents, skills and abilities I need to ignite my passion and reach for God’s purpose in my life. Today I choose to believe in God’s calling and APPLY THAT FAITH to my walk so I can take the steps necessary to reach success.
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