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Mar09

Two fundamental insights on God’s plan and purpose for you

What are you giving your life to?

By Bruce Witt

(Editor’s Note: This article shares content from Bruce Witt book, What Are You Giving Your Life To?, which shares how to discover purpose and legacy as a leader.)

Many wander through life without a purpose not knowing where they are or what they are supposed to be doing. When one does not have a clearly defined purpose we are exactly like the people of Israel in Judges 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” What an indictment, and this especially true for Christians.

Have you ever wondered how Christians get so off-track chasing the things of the world and selfish pursuits? Without a clearly written purpose that we review consistently, we all pursue what is right in our eyes and justify it.

Making a Difference

“Making a difference” means that whatever we choose to do it will result in something significant and helpful. The process and the product add value to yourself or others. We must often discern between the good, the better, and the best. This is not an easy task and can only be found in hearing from the Lord –

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33

Two Fundamental Insights

There are two fundamental insights on God’s plan and purpose for you –

INSIGHT #1:  Life is a choice.  Live it by pursuing what will last.

The Bible tells us that there are only two things that will last into eternity: the lives of people and God’s Word. Everything else is destined to pass away. 

Matthew 5:18, “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. How do you feel about the choices you are making in your life right now?
  2. What are the things in your life that will last?
  3. How are you pursuing the things that will last?

Insight #2: God has a great and unique plan for your life that is good, and He has designed you for it.

The definition of success in life for most people would center on relationships, work, independence, and maybe the spiritual. To achieve this outcome takes a significant level of financial accumulation that most often comes from work.

Most believe that this will provide a level of freedom and autonomy to pursue interests, relationships, and the things they hold to be important.

Our society has devised a mindset which holds out the promise that work will give us wealth, prestige, esteem, purpose, values, standards, and success. A large part of everyone’s day consists of work, yet many people would rather be doing something rather than their current vocation. The vision of retirement is far more appealing than the daily grind. Yet we also know, that man is forever searching for some view of success in his life here on earth.

To pursue God’s unique plan for you is critical because you’ll be the most fulfilled in that role.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have a sense that God has called you? If so, what?
  2. How are you entering into God’s universal purposes?
  3. How do you see your work fitting into God’s plan?

In next month’s article, we’ll  continue this exploration with plan and purpose. Please join in the conversation and leave your comments in this post. 

BW 

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