Have you ever wondered what God’s purpose is for your life? Maybe you are wondering which college to choose, which career to pursue, or which person to marry. Regardless of whatever choices are in front of you, a choice must be made. When I have multiple choices in front of me, how do I know which one is God’s purpose for my life? Have you ever wondered how people know they are called to something? I’ve heard many people say God has called them to a specific career. I want you to know that finding God’s purpose for your life isn’t as complicated as you think. In fact, it may be simple, but I believe the simplicity of it scares us.
Comfortability is something we like. The unknown is scary because it is out of our control. Because of this, many times we use prayer as a way to comfortably wait for some sort of revelation. Don’t use prayer as a way to spiritually procrastinate from doing something. Prayer shouldn’t enable your passivity; it should enlighten your activity. Too many times people will sit passively on their couch with their hands folded. They think it’s pleasing to God to prayerfully wait for some divine moment of revelation. We see this as being smart because we are prayerfully considering God’s purpose for our life. Don’t get me wrong, praying is necessary, but when praying becomes an excuse for inactivity, that is when it becomes unhealthy. Praying as we wait for a divine moment of revelation isn’t smart; it is an excuse to stay idle as we sit comfortably in our own spirituality. God doesn’t want prayer to be something that enables us to sit idle in our indecisiveness; He wants prayer to direct us as we actively pursue something.
We become so overwhelmed with all the choices in front of us that we become indecisive. For instance, after basketball practice I usually go to the store to get Gatorade. Sometimes I spend too much time deciding which flavor to buy because of all the choices. I understand this is an example that has very little significance, but it is an insignificant example that minutely reflects much more significant decisions we will have to make in life. Choosing which Gatorade to buy doesn’t compare to choosing which college to attend, which career to pursue, or which person to marry. All these things have one thing in common: a choice must be made.
When choosing which college to attend, which career to pursue, or which person to marry, you must ask yourself one fundamental question: Is the choice I’m about to make going to enable me to become more like Christ? If the answer is no, it probably isn’t God’s purpose for your life. Why? Because He wants you to prosper. This doesn’t always mean prosperity in terms of outward circumstances, but always means prosperity in terms of your heart. God’s purpose for your life is to empower you to become more like Him. This can happen in a variety of contexts.
We complexify God’s purpose for our life. We become so focused on where we will be living and what we will be doing. Those things are important, but they take a back seat to the importance of who you will become. Your purpose does not always need to be influenced by a specific location or what you will be doing; it should always be influenced by who it will enable you to become. If being a janitor enables you to become more like Christ, then being a janitor could be a valid career for you to pursue. Likewise could be said for becoming a coach, doctor, teacher, etc. Maybe you say “well yeah, but I have gifts and talents that would be used better elsewhere.” To you I say, in whichever job you pursue with your gifts and abilities, will that job enable you to become more like Christ?
2 Corinthians 3:18 says “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Is the choice you are making going to enable you to be transformed into the image of Christ?
When we meet God face to face, He isn’t going to ask us what job we worked or how we liked where we lived. He is going to ask us how we loved God and others in the job we worked and the area we lived in.