After a global pandemic shook the world in 2020, Lifeway Research statistics revealed that four in five Americans believe every person has a purpose in life. This study also uncovered that three out of four people think pursuing that purpose is important. Oxford languages defines purpose as, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”
The race of your purpose begins when you pursue God’s will. Unlocking your purpose will change your life and empower your faith journey. This blog three guidelines to help you find your purpose and change your life.
- Sacrifice Comfort
- Live in Unity
- Rest In God
1. Sacrifice Comfort
If you are trying to change your life, you must embrace uncomfortable moments. That may seem counterintuitive because discomfort does not feel good to our flesh. Don’t get me wrong. Comfort is a blessing. After all, 2 Corinthians 1:3 (NLT) calls God, “the source of all comfort.” However, you can not let comfort distract you from pursuing God’s purposes. That means there will be moments when you have to sacrifice feelings of comfort to pursue His purpose for your life.
Let’s say you want to change your life by adopting healthier habits like eating clean and exercising. Anyone who has experienced a weight loss journey will tell you how much they had to sacrifice their comfort. You have to swap out the comfort of your favorite foods for the discomfort of trying a new exercise routine. Over time, those sacrifices reap healthy benefits.
Jesus Christ, the most purpose-driven person to walk this planet, sacrificed His entire life for His purpose. That purpose is why you have access to eternal salvation. If you know anything about Jesus’ story, then you know His journey was not just uncomfortable – it was painful. Right before His crucifixion, Luke 22:42 (NIV) records Jesus’ prayer of discomfort to His Heavenly father. He says, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
There is a powerful key in Jesus’ prayer. Our purpose begins when we sacrifice comfort and surrender to God in prayer. If you feel uncomfortable in the race of your purpose, you are probably on the right track. Ask God to remind you of His will in this season of your life, and keep moving forward.
2. Live in Unity
Your purpose is so much bigger than you. God called us to live united as the Body of Christ. His purpose is for you to have a unified faith with other believers. In John 17:23 (NLT), Jesus prays to His Heavenly Father about His disciples:
“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
This prayer reveals that our purpose is intertwined with others. When we remain connected to God and The Body of Christ, we reveal His love to the world.
Every season of your life is pregnant with purpose. When you realize this, you will find divine connections and experience Kairos moments that will change your life. God orchestrates Kairos moments to help you align with His purpose. New people and experiences will be attracted to you when you live with a spirit of unity.
3. Rest In God
When you are running the race of your purpose, rest is essential. Even God, the Creator of the universe, rested after creating the earth. Genesis 2:3 (ESV) says, “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” The Hebrew word for rest in this chapter is Shabbat which translates to the term we know as Sabbath. Hebrews 4:9-11 (NIV) reveals how to find your purpose by implementing a sabbath. The scripture says:
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
Rest was intentionally created by God. If you try to run the race of purpose in your own strength, you miss the opportunity to be renewed by Him. Even worse, you are disobeying His perfect plan and rhythm for your life. Rest is critical if you want to know how to find your purpose and change your life.
I want to go even deeper to help you unlock your life’s purpose. This is why I wrote my new book, “Run Your Race: How to Pursue God’s Will for Your Life with Peace, Patience and Productivity.” In it, I share practical and spiritual tools to help you align with your divine purpose. Want to learn more about how to run the race of your purpose? Purchase your copy of Run Your Race here.