Many would argue that the only purpose for a believer is to be saved. I would debate that God has more for us than salvation alone. I believe that salvation is the foundation for any person looking to discover their Kingdom Purpose. Purpose is the thing your Creator has called you to do here on earth. What is God calling you to do today? What dreams and visions keep you up at night? What things can you not stop thinking about? These things are all connected to your purpose.
If you’ve read my story, you’ve discovered that I changed careers a few years ago. This drastic leap of faith is what catapulted me into purpose. Although the initial leap of faith was the catalyst for this change, the steps I took after have helped me discover and define my Kingdom Purpose. Here’s what I know about my purpose:
- I’ve been called to serve
- I‘ve been called to minister the word of God to people
- I’ve been called to provide hope to single women
- I’ve been called to travel internationally and spread the gospel + hope to the lost
- I’ve been called to speak life into and encourage women
- I’ve been called to help women discover their purpose and walk in it
How does God want me to do this right now?
- Creating content for social media
- Serving in my church and other communities
- Using my voice
How can you discover your Kingdom Purpose?
- Prayer: This is essential, I repeat ESSENTIAL, to discovering your kingdom purpose. Prayer is intentional conversations and quiet time with God. With any relationship, quality time is necessary; it’s no different with God. We complicate prayer when it can simply be a talk with your Creator. Prayer can be written or verbal, in private or in community; wherever it is or however it’s done, just do it! Setting aside time to talk to God and waiting on Him to answer is the key to discovering your Kingdom Purpose. I hear from God most when I quiet my mind to talk to Him and consistently seek HIM. When God tells us to pray without ceasing, it’s not just because He needs to hear from us but rather we NEED to hear from Him.
- Faith: The second key to discovering your Kingdom Purpose is to have faith. Faith is not just believing but rather acting on what you’ve heard. Maybe God has told you to start a business, write a book, or change careers; be fearless enough to act on it. These small or large steps of faith are what opens your mind to the purposes that God has for you. It was through taking leaps of faith and trying different things that I discovered the gifts God had given me and how they fit into the bigger vision God has for my life. Acting on what my intuition said (hearing God), has tremendously helped me to discover who I was and what I was truly good at. I know I’m going to sound like a broken record but: faith without works is dead – this was the last thing my father said to me before he passed. What this means is: you only know your faith is real when you act on what you’ve heard. Here’s another little tidbit: God is looking to see if He can trust you with what He’s given you. If you are faithful in the few things, God will make you ruler over many. As you take these small steps of faith, bigger tasks are handed to you and more things are revealed to you – it’s called progressive revelation !
- Sacrifice, Surrender, and Obedience: this is the fun one; the one we think we are doing but in most cases aren’t ( well at least this goes for me). LET GO. Let go of your plan and allow God to give you His plan. After I graduated Pennsylvania Stare University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, I started my career to quit; go to fashion school; and start working in retail for $10 an hour ( sacrifice). If you would’ve told me years ago I’d be working in fashion at one of the top retailers and actually loving my job; I wouldn’t have believed you. I was only able to get here by constantly surrendering my plans to God. What did this look like most days? Crazy! What did it feel like getting here? Uncomfortable! Would I’ve changed my experience? You’ve guessed it, NO. Trusting God’s plan for my life allowed Him to do what His word promises in Ephesians 3:20 exceeding abundantly. Think about this for a second. God wants to blow your mind. God wants to do, not just abundantly but more than that for you. You listening to God and taking heed to His word is how you discover your purpose. It was through a series of “failures” and sacrifices -“less now for more later”- that I discovered my gifts, abilities, talents, likes and dislikes. I have to continually CONTINNUALLLYYYY surrender my will to God’s and listen to His commands. As uncomfortable as it feels, His plans have always been better than my plans for my life.
I pray that this helps you to start discovering your purpose. I cannot tell you what you’ve been called to do, I can only give you the tools that have helped me. A great supplement to helping you discover your purpose is to find out what your spiritual gifts are. Take this test: https://gifts.churchgrowth.org/spiritual-gifts-survey/