Understanding Your Purpose

Have you found your purpose in life?

Our desire to find our place or purpose in this life has led to a multi-million dollar marketplace. We can buy books, fill out online surveys and tests to discover our talents, find our “true personality” through quizzes in magazines, take classes on goal setting and defining mission, attend seminars, or work with a life coach.

All of us want to know why God put us on this earth. We are on a crusade to understand the meaning of our existence. Do you want to know a secret? We work too hard at it. The answer is so simple, in fact, that most people never find it, even though Jesus has already given us the answer!

Jesus wanted His disciples to understand their purpose. He wanted them to have no doubts about what He required of them. In John 15:4 He told them to, “Remain in Me.” Some versions of the Bible translate it as “Abide in Me.” This may be one of the most profound and beautiful commands in Scripture. In one phrase He takes away all of the noise and complexity of life. Our purpose is to exist in HIM.

Our meaning in life should come from Him. Our confidence is found in Him. Our purpose and direction comes from Him. He is our source, our strength, our wisdom, and our satisfaction. When we Remain in Him we are allowing him to guide our every decision, we are giving in to His will for our lives instead of trying to define and impose our own will.

What we need to understand is that it’s not about reaching a particular goal, or a desired end. What we often see as a process of growth and movement is what Jesus sees as our goal! His purpose is the process. The process, living our lives as a testament to Him, not the outcome, is what truly glorifies God.