God gave you purpose before you arrived on Earth. It is His gift to you. No one can take it away from you, because they could not do this thing exactly the way you will do it for Him.
The abilities and talents to manifest your gift are innate. For example, take a young boy, who is born into a non-musical family. Even before he started school, the boy would listen to the radio and scribble ‘music notes’.
After basic lessons, he could pick up any instrument and play it. Yet, music wasn’t in his genes. He realized his God-given gift at an early age.
It’s not that easy for everyone. Most people must go on the great search to find their purpose in life. Turning to self-help books is fairly common. They will tell you to follow your dream, make lists of things you do well, think of things you feel passionate about, etcetera.
There is a fatal flaw in their well-meaning advice. You can’t find your spiritual gift outside yourself. It is innate.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
God empowers abilities and talents in everyone. The answer is so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it – Ask God! Ask Wonderful Counsellor (Isiah 9:6), for direction. Ask the Source of Infinite Wisdom for a leading. Tell Him you are ready and willing to honor His calling, if you only could remember your purpose in life.
What do you already know? You were created to serve God (in some special way).
You could sit on the couch, flipping through channels and try to guess your life purpose, during commercials. Or, you could start where you are and spread goodness everywhere you walk with God. This is called taking action.
First, ask. Then walk with God and do good stuff for others. We are an instant gratification society. Waiting does not please us. But, God’s time is not based on tick-tocks, like humans. Trust in Him to lead you to your life purpose.
Try to develop patience.
In the meantime, proceed to do your job, to love your family and to serve God. Explore new things. Take an adventure to a sacred place. Enroll in a class. Live life.
“Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us.” Ephesians 4:7
This is a good study verse. It tells us that everybody gets some gifts. Nobody gets all of them. There are a gracious plenty of God’s gifts.
Your life purpose comes from your heart. Things you do with passion, subjects of interest that excite you, reveal what is in your heart. Take the young boy who was passionate about music, although other family members had no interest.
God put musical passion in the little boy’s heart and gifted him with natural talent. Perhaps, you had a similar experience as a child, but did not pursue it. Why not now?
The Psalmist (Psalm 145:2) said: “Every day I will bless thee.”
So, every day you walk with God is a great day. Every day you make a difference, by sharing your purpose with others, is double blessing – express goodness to others and goodness will come to you.