Everyday Life: What is My Life Purpose?

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What is My Life Purpose?

Why Am I Here?

puzzleWhy am I here?  What was I created to do?  As a Life Coach, one of the many privileges I have is helping women discover their purpose in life.  Each life is unique and each calling a delight.  Scripture tells us God gifts and calls teachers, singers, servers, givers, administrators, missionaries and more.  Nothing could be more important than knowing God’s purposes for your life.

Knowing Christ

Wherever you are in that process, the good news is that there is a foundational purpose that we all share.  Paul puts it this way in Philippians 3:10 (NIV),

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

My goal is to know Him.  The Amplified Version of this verse fleshes it out beautifully,

For my determined purpose is that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him]. I love that!

Have you noticed that once we become believers, we are easily distracted from the pursuit of knowing Christ.  We think we know Him because after a lifetime of searching we have finally found Him.  But just as a husband doesn’t fully know his bride on their wedding day, we have a lifetime of learning ahead as we get to know our God.  A.W. Tozer explains it this way:

“Everything (in our day) is made to center upon the initial act of accepting Christ… and we are not expected to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found him we need no more seek him. To have found God and still to pursue him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.”

We were created to know our God.  By the time that Paul was penning these words to the Philippians, he had already known and walked with the Lord for 27 years, yet the ongoing passion of his life was to know his Christ more.

At this point in his life, Paul had

  • Been struck blind on the Damascus Road and had his sight supernaturally restored
  • Spent 3 years in the desert of Arabia being taught the Gospel through direct revelation of Jesus Christ
  • Seen visions and conversions
  • Cast out demons and healed the lame
  • Watched God shake the earth to release him from prison

In fact, Paul had even been whisked away into the third heaven and “heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak” (II Corinthians 12:42) and still he says, “I want to know Him more than that.”

For 27 years, Paul led an amazing life.  He experienced God’s resurrection power over and over, yet it only left him hungry for more.

Jesus Christ is life’s ultimate addiction, the reason for our existence, the only home our hearts will ever have, the satisfaction of every yearning, and the realization of every desire.

What is my Life Purpose, and what is yours?  You have a unique, specific, and glorious purpose for your life. But we also share a purpose and a lifelong pursuit – to know Him more.

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