In a general sense, the purpose of life and why we’re here on earth, is to know and fellowship with God. God chose to create us so that we enjoy Him. Before God created us, He knew sin would enter the world. He knew the great sacrifice necessary to restore us to Himself-the blood of His Dear Son (John 3:16); yet He thought that we were worth it.
It is God’s plan that we get to know Him, believe Him, and share His love with others. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Beside the general good works for creating us, there are also individual works. In an individual sense, God also has purposes for each individual life. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Paul in first Corinthians 12:12-31 talks about the Church in terms of a body. Each member of the Church has a different purpose, just as each portion of the body is used for different things. Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 list several spiritual gifts that the Lord gives each person to equip him for God’s purpose.
So, how do you discover what’s your calling or purpose in life?
First: by simply asking God to reveal it to you “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).
Second: you should examine the Scriptures to confirm what He is saying to you. God will not direct you to do something contrary to His character or His word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Third: you should examine His providence in your life. “For a great door and effectual is opened to me” (1 Corinthians 16:9).
Fourth: you should pay attention to your strengths and spiritual gifts that God gave you (1 Corinthians 12:9-11).
Fifth: you should listen to the wisdom of experienced Christian people to find His will for you (Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 12:15) .
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