Principle 5 Discover God’s Purpose for You
"For we are His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
As we spend time in the Word of God, we begin to learn that we have been made for a specific purpose. Each of us is a work of God! The Bible tells us that God is the potter and we are the clay (Isaiah 64:8), that we are engraved on the palms of his hands (Isaiah 49:16), and that he has fashioned us individually (Psalm 33:15, NKJV).
A hammer is made for pounding nails, a saw for cutting wood, and a screwdriver for tightening screws. It would be silly to try to saw with a hammer, or tighten a screw with a saw. In the same way we have been created in Christ Jesus for individually unique purposes. We need to be zealous in discovering the good works God has planned for us. We need to find out specifically what God wants us to do. And we need to do the work with the talent God has instilled in us.
I have found people are most fulfilled when they allow God’s Spirit to carry out the work God has designed. It is imperative that we individually discern what kind of tool we are and what work God has waiting for us to accomplish as we cooperate with him. Most importantly, we must be available to God for him to accomplish his work through us.
In what ways are you fulfilling the good works for which God created you? If this is a new concept for you, or if you haven’t yet discovered what God has for you to do, what steps can you take to find out how you can best be available to serve God?
"Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’" John 6:29
"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will." Ephesians 1:11