Saturday, October 15, 2011

Change: Finding Your Purpose in God

We're going to wrap up our section on self-image by discussing what it means to find our purpose in God.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11

God has a wonderful plan for your life. We like to quote verses like Jeremiah 29:11 at Graduation parties and ceremonies a lot of times. These are generally happy events. But, when we look at the historical context of Jeremiah, we see that the aforementioned verse was written while Jeremiah and his people were in exile. Exile is so not a good thing. It's a pretty bad thing actually.But, in these dark times, Jeremiah wrote to encourage the people. He told them about how God had a plan for their life. How they should embrace their situation. How they should get married and build houses and not put their life on pause. God had an amazing plan for his people's lives. Just like God was watching out for Jeremiah and the people in exile, he is also looking out for us. He has an amazing purpose for each of our lives. You are here for a reason.

But, here's the thing. God didn't put us here to serve ourselves. He didn't place you on this Earth for you to find your purpose in yourself and your needs. He put you here to serve his purpose. It can be so hard to discern what this means for each of our lives. We have all been given different gifts. Not everyone is meant to be a teacher. Some people are called to be buisnessmen (and women) and some people are called to be stay at home moms. We each have a different purpose because God has individually placed us where he wants us, with the people he wants us to serve, doing what he wants us to do. Obviously, he gives us the choice to disobey him and not do his will- but why would we want to do that? It may seem crazy to other people. It may not make sense. But, the safest place to be is in God's will. Our lives are not for this Earth- we were made to serve an eternal purpose. Remember this when seeking God's purpose for your life. Does this seem to be something consistent with God's nature? Is this something that serves an eternal purpose? Am I doing this to benefit me? These are all questions we should ask ourselves when we're trying to find our purpose. Find your purpose in God- not yourself or the things you do. 

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