In a great big growing world where there seems to be a place for everything and every person, many still struggle with their destiny and purpose for living. Many are arriving at a conclusion that there is far less value put on profits and a much greater worth on people and purpose. Most soon learn in life that the need to accumulate more stuff is not nearly as important as making an impact in the world we live. In that quest there seems to be a general frustration with finding the confidence of knowing exactly why you were born and what you should be doing in life.
First, because each person is unique there are an unlimited number of possibilities for what you could be doing in regards to occupation and relationships. Even with that you may find yourself frustrated at the fact nothing seems to satisfy your longing to know your destiny and your purpose.
YOUR DESTINY! YOUR PURPOSE!
"and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:24
What is my destiny and what is my purpose? The short answer is, "God created you to be like Him!" Holy Cow! That went from 0-100 mph in like one second. Not knowing your purpose - to being told you were created to be like God. Wow! How do you even begin to process that? "What? You think your like God or something?" is the ultimate slam for the arrogant! Even for the non-religious it is synonymous for knocking a person down a notch or two. Yet, that is the short divine answer to your question. You were created to be like God and your destiny is to be large and in-charge and your purpose is to live!
You Are Destined To Reign
Obviously I don't mean you will literally be a god, but God created you to live like Him. That is, to live with a confidence of who you are, to live with the joy of where you are going and to live with the peace of what you will have. He created you to rule like Him. As He rules over the universe, God's heart is for you to rule over creation. To care for it and to expand it. He wants you to multiply and bring enrichment to every area of His Kingdom. Jesus is still the King of Kings but He has designed you to be a vessel through whom He lives.
"For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17
When God created mankind, He created us with a purpose and a divine destiny. That purpose was to reign over all creation and be a personal reflection of Him. God created man with an enormous amount of love and the Bible tells us God loves and honors man above all other created things.
The Bible shows we are created to:
- To live forever! “ And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eastest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:15-16
- To enjoy perfect health! “For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, said the LORD;” Jeremiah 30:17 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;” Genesis 1:26
- To enjoy God’s endless supply! “Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that ]moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.” Genesis 1:29-30
- To reign on earth! “God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28
What Was Lost Must Be RECLAIMED!
"but where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:20b-21
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
However, what God originally created us to be, was lost through sin. Because of sin Eternal life was replaced with death. Perfect health was pushed out by sickness and disease. The Father's endless supply was removed and poverty filled the earth.
But because God is so much in love with us He immediately enacted a plan to Reclaim what man gave away! The bad news, because of sin, we lost our relationship with God and every benefit that came with such a loving Father. We lost our way. We lost our purpose. That is why so many people yearn for something more. We are moved by an invisible force to discover who we are and why we were created. Something inside of us is drawn to reconnect with the One Who Reclaimed our destiny!
That's the Good News!
Because God is Holy and cannot break His own spiritual law (He told man not to eat of the tree of Knowledge or he would die), His plan would require a Holy Substitute to take the punishment of disobedience (death, sickness and poverty). The substitute would have to be in perfect obedience to the Father, no sin. He would have to willingly offer Himself. He would have to take the sin of the world upon Himself and die an undeserved death so to satisfy the Holiness of a loving Creator. God had the perfect sacrifice, but it would cost Him everything.
JESUS! "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
God would give His only Son as the perfect sacrifice. He would be the One Who would RECLAIM what was lost! Through His finished work on the cross all would be restored! So the Gift of God is this: all who BELIEVE Jesus, the literal Son of God, is the Redeemer and accept His gift of being restored to the Father, would be RECLAIMED and could enjoy the original Purpose and Destiny God created you to enjoy!
"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them." John 3:36
Believing on Jesus will always lead you to be obedient to the Word of God and in being obedient to His Word you can always expect to enjoy the full benefits of His Kingdom. When you walk in that knowledge, you will enjoy everything God has for you and you will walk out your purpose on earth and your destiny in life!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." Ephesians 1:3
Why were you created? What is your purpose?
You were created to be like God! Your purpose is to honor Him by multiplying His Kingdom and reigning once again as you were created! So the mystery is not hidden in an unknown occupation, but it is in the restored relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ our Savior. When you find Jesus, you will RECLAIM Your Purpose! Your will RECLAIM your destiny!
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21