Finding Where Your Designed Purpose Comes From
Hey there! We were recently part of an exciting Webinar that focused on the concept of finding the source of where your true identity, your designed purpose, and your strength come from. It was my pleasure and privilege to carry out the segment in the Webinar that discussed our designed purpose. After the amazing feedback from the Webinar, I was inspired to share my notes with you all here on the blog and to help you dig a little deeper in discovering the truth about your very own designed purpose!
We have added a few clips from the full webinar, but you can also watch the full thing at the bottom of this post! Apologies in advance as some of the videos are a little “softer” than others… aka Turn Up the Volume 😉
Finding where your designed Purpose comes from:
Trying to find God’s calling in my life and finding my purpose on this planet has been one of the most stressful journeys I’ve been on, mainly because I didn’t want to mess it up. Since I was a little girl, sitting in Sunday school, I’ve known that God had a plan for me, but what was that plan? If you’re sitting there, stressed out or experiencing any anxiety whatsoever about your purpose, or what you’re supposed to do or be, I feel you. I still don’t know if there’s a “word” or a specific title for what I am supposed to be, and sometimes, I still wonder if I’m in fact doing that thing God created me to do, then I remember… He didn’t call me to complete a single task. He called me to live a life. I’ve got a beginning and an end to this amazing experience called life, and my purpose is what lies between the start and the end of my life.
- First, you must know that you were created on purpose. No matter what, you cannot believe that lie that you were an “Oops Baby” or that you are a mistake, or that you don’t belong here. Discovering your purpose is impossible with that type of mindset, and trust me, this is coming from someone who tried to figure it all out while simultaneously believing those things about myself.
- From a psychology perspective, we are plagued with a fear that we don’t have a purpose. It’s a very human thing to question your purpose or your existence in total.
- From a Christian perspective though, we know that we have a purpose. We also know that since our identity is rooted in Christ, then our Purpose comes from Christ. (Colossians 1:16)
- When we set aside the fear that we don’t have a purpose, we are free to discover our purpose by way of discovering Christ and his plans for us. (Luke 18:27)
What our Purpose is not:
- Looking better than other Christians whether that’s in real life or just on social media.
- Copying someone else’s success story, NO! God wrote a story just for you.
- It doesn’t involve tearing down other women to try and build yourself up. (1 Samuel 26:11)
- All the desires, selfish wants, and hopes and dreams… (James 4:13-15)
- These things are great, but it’s not really what your purpose is all about. In fact, it’s not really about you at all. It’s about furthering the kingdom and bringing glory to God, not you. (Eph 2:10)
What is our Purpose?
- Is it your career? Is it your calling? Is it your decision to start a family? Is it being a wife? A mom? A leader? A follower? A speaker? A minister? A teacher? (Matthew 25:34-40)
- It’s all of those things, and at the core, it’s a combination of just 2 things:
- To know God. To love Him, to discover Him, and have a relationship with Him. (Micah 6:8)
- To bring others to know God. (Isaiah 6:8, 11)
- That’s it. How we do that is often referred to as our calling, or our career, or ministry.
- The question all along has been: what is our purpose? But I think the question we really want to ask is: How do we find our purpose? You can answer that question, by answering our question: Where does your designed purpose come from? God.
- We know what our purpose is not.
- We know that we have a purpose.
- We know where our purpose comes from.
- And we even know what our purpose is.
- So that leaves us with knowing how to find our designed purpose.
Finding your designed purpose:
- In order to find your designed purpose, you must know these things:
- God knows your name. (Isaiah 43:1)
- He has a plan for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- God will lead you. (Psalm 143:10)
- He will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
- You are chosen. (Genesis 18:19) (1 Peter 2:9)
- You are called (Romans 8:28)
- Knowing this gives me the courage to seek Him when seeking His designed purpose for my life.
- It gives me faith to believe that I have a purpose, one that was designed specifically for me, not by me.
- A few things that I can recommend because they helped me on my journey of discovering my designed purpose: get in the word, develop a steady prayer time with God, and utilize other resources like books, podcasts, webinars, and mentors.
This next section is for your benefit to help you quickly find the verses that were mentioned in the notes above! Each verse was carefully selected to support my ideas and discoveries about our designed purpose.
Colossians 1:16 – For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Luke 18:27 – Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
1 Samuel 26:11 – But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed…
James 4:13-15 – Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works
Matthew 25:34-40 – Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Micah 6:8 – …what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy & to walk humbly with your God.
Isaiah 6:8, 11 – Whom shall I send? Here am I, send me. For how long? Until the cities lie in ruin… (Essentially, forever… He calls you forever…It’s a lifelong calling to serve Him.)
Isaiah 43:1 – Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
Jeremiah 29:11 – 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.
Psalm 143:10 – Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Hebrews 13:5 – God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Genesis 18:19 – For I have chosen him so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just
1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood…
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
Well, I sincerely hope that this blog post spoke directly into your heart and your spirit. I remember fighting with myself for years in an effort to find my divine calling and designed purpose, and it wasn’t until years later that I realized it’s not about the fight, it’s about the calm, steady voice of a God who wants you to succeed even more than you want to succeed. For details on the full webinar, scroll down and watch it right here in your browser.
– the Wife