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Fulfilling your purpose can be challenging; remember these 3 tips for walking out the call of God on your life.
So God’s given you a purpose. That’s awesome!
Or is it?
Maybe it’s scary. Overwhelming. Just plain hard.
Don’t be discouraged. Be encouraged! It’s when you come to the end of yourself that you start to rely on God more fully and that’s when the ‘magic’ happens.
Okay, maybe not magic, but really awesome stuff.
Check out this beautiful prayer/blessing from the author of Hebrews:
“May He equip you withHebrews 13:21, NLT
all you need for doing His will.
May He produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to Him.
All Glory to Him forever and ever!
How do you do it? How do you take this purpose God has created for you and walk it out? How do you not get distracted?
How do you be “enough”…when you just aren’t?
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Fulfilling Your Purpose Tip #1: Let God Equip You
Doesn’t that just take the pressure off?
You don’t need to find the wisdom or strength within yourself; you need to rely on God to equip you. It’s God’s grace that is sufficient and His mercies that are new each and every morning.
Don’t stress about fulfilling your purpose; let God equip you.
You do this by reading the Bible, praying, and obeying.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it isn’t always. It can be hard to find the time to think, let alone read and pray.
You can do, sweet friend. I promise. God will equip you for what He’s called you to if you just let Him.
And you let Him…you invite Him…by reading His Word and letting the Holy Spirit change your heart and build you up when you do. Then you pray. You share with God what’s on your heart and you listen to Him. Then you obey.
There you go…He has equipped you!
Fulfilling Your Purpose Tip #2: Always Please God
Sometimes you might think, “This isn’t religious. Let’s just use logic.”
I’m with you. Some things just seem so intensely practical that it’s not exactly common sense to turn to the Bible for a solution.
But it should be. There’s a provision in Scripture (often, but not always, in Proverbs or one of Paul’s letters) -an over-arching principle if not a specific example- for every situation you’ll encounter.
Simply ask yourself: “Will this decision please God?” If the answer isn’t a wholehearted, resounding “yes!” then re-assess.
The blessing in Hebrews is that He would produce in you, through the power of Jesus, every good thing that is pleasing to Him.
Even in this, the burden isn’t on you. Are you seeing the beauty of grace here, my friend?
No striving for God’s pleasure, no earning salvation, no figuring out how to be good enough.
None of that.
Let God equip you and through the power of His Son, you will please Him.
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Fulfilling Your Purpose Tip #3: God Gets The Glory
And the last part of fulfilling your purpose is giving God the glory.
Many, many years ago at a little camp in the northern woods of Maine, there was a woman of bold and beautiful faith who told me something I’ve never forgotten: “Every testimony has 2 parts: (1) God is big and (2) I am stupid.”
It’s funny, memorable, and oh-so-true.
Now, don’t go around telling people they’re stupid or even telling yourself that you are. We’re all made in God’s image and have fallen under the curse of sin. But we do make rebellious, foolish choices and that’s what she was talking about.
Every good thing we do is a result of His grace and all glory should be directed to Him for it!
As you walk out your purpose and amazing things begin to happen, never forget to thank God and point all the glory back to Him.
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Dance In Your Purpose
One more thing: the road to purpose isn’t always a straight journey with step-by-step path to follow.
A lot of time the view from above is going to look rather circuitous. Picture it less like a “one foot in front of the other” journey and more like a beautiful dance.
A dance between the bride (that’s YOU!) and her Bridegroom (Jesus!). Let Him lead the dance and let God sing His love over you, and fulfill your purpose.
7 Awesome Bible Verses About Fulfilling Your Purpose
There are so many other Scriptures to encourage you as well. Take a moment to read through these, meditate on them, and perhaps even write them down to reflect on.
While these Bible verses are about fulfilling your purpose, you will see that they are also about something much greater: the Lord fulfilling His purpose for you.
But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.Exodus 9:16
I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.Psalm 57:2
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.Psalm 138:8
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.Proverbs 19:21
When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.Acts 11:23
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
[The Lord] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began…2 Timothy 1:9
This post was originally a part of the Bible in 90 Days series.