Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV)
'For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'
Purpose is one of man's deepest desires. There is a need within us which success, wealth, power, reputation and accomplishments cannot fill. Sometimes, we find ourselves continually searching for something to satisfy us, to make us feel important or to give meaning to it all.
Purpose is defined as 'the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists'. Do we each have a purpose in God's plans? According to the Bible we do which starts with giving God His proper place in our lives.
The Bible reminds us apart from God we will not find satisfaction, meaning or purpose in our lives. It teaches us God has a plan for each of us. In other words, God has a purpose for your being here. Sometimes, people have a lot of ideas as to what we should do with our lives. The key according to scripture is to discover what God's plans for you are and start doing it.
God has a purpose and a plan for everyone. Every person is born with a purpose. God's plans, will and purposes are eternal and work for our good - sometimes other people's plans for us are not. God is working in each of us to fulfill His will and purposes and sometimes He uses difficult circumstances to accomplish it. Has your focus on God and His will for your life been distracted lately by difficulty, circumstances or situations? I've not found the verse which states God promised any of us a rose garden empty of thorns, bugs or weeds - at least not in this lifetime.
Every now and again somebody will tell me pastors have the most important job. That's not true. It is for me because it's what God has in mind for me to do. The most important job is whatever God has in mind for you to do - find it, do it to the best of your ability and you'll find purpose and meaning in life.
And someday when we stand before God, He will say, "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master".