Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?
“What is my purpose in life? What am I meant to do on Earth? Why am I here? Am I a waste of space?”
These are a few questions that we as humans tend to ask ourselves at one point or another in our lives. It can be very overwhelming sometimes to feel like you don’t have any direction in your life, or like you’re not meant to do or be anyone of importance. Feeling like this isn’t abnormal or uncommon, but thankfully God gives us comforting solutions to help us with these thoughts. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a plan for our lives and specifies that it’s good and for the benefit of our future. So, if you’re ever wondering if you matter to the world or if your life has purpose or not, this scripture is your confirmation that there is a plan for you!
Another scripture that can help with the feeling of inadequacy is Ephesians 1:3-5 that says, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” This scripture can bring comfort because it’s saying that even though you did nothing to earn it, before the start of the universe, God already knew that He wanted you to be a part of His family. Not only that, He was happy to do it! He loved you and chose you and sees you without fault, so you should see yourself the same way.
As for answering the question of, “What is my purpose in life?” John 15:16 has an important command to go out and produce “lasting fruit”. Producing fruit means to have a task from God and simply obey and when you obey, the good things that come after, of the result of your obedience, is the fruit.
When you’re producing your fruit for God, it is important to recognize the authority you have from God, too. The word authority means the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. In the Bible God gives us specific authority over things. Genesis 1:28 is a scripture where God is giving us the authority over actual things on the Earth. It’s up to us whether we accept and use it or not. The authority from God gives us power to do things in Jesus’ name. This should give you a boost of confidence when you’re walking out His plans for your life because you don’t have to rely on your own strength, but you can fall back on God’s!
While you’re finding God’s plan for your life, producing fruit, and using your authority, life is carrying on and you have real needs that need to be met. Thankfully, Philippians 4:19 is a promise God makes to us to supply all of our needs according to His riches and glory. Here again, we can rely on what God has instead of what we do. Needs can be many things like needing to feel accepted (Romans 15:7) or wanting to feel safe and secure (Ephesians 2:4-5). God has made promises to us, His children, to take care of our needs and concerns. It is up to you to trust in Him and let those promises stand firm in your mind.
Your purpose in life is not a big secret or a mystery, God lays it out clearly in the Bible. It’s up to us, through prayer and spending time with God, to go through these scriptures and trust that what the Bible says is true. Spend this week exercising your authority from God and trusting that all your needs are taken care of.
Devotional Scriptures to Meditate on:
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It’s only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”