In response to some worldview questions I direct towards a friend, they in turn asked if I would answer the same questions, so I will be starting a series for the purpose of answering some foundational worldview questions regarding my beliefs.
What is Our Personal Purpose of Existence? (Part 4/27)
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” - Romans 12:4–8
God’s Different Callings
By His grace and involvement in our life, God has predestined each one of us with a calling to fulfill His purpose in our lives (1 Corinthians 7:17). The grace of God in our calling is like snowflakes of every shape and design falling together to create a blanket over the earth. We are the snowflakes which God has designed, and each possessing different characteristics, we all serve the greater purpose of covering the earth; in other words, unifying as the body of Christ in glorifying God (1 Corinthians 12:31, Colossians 3:14-16).
We each have a spiritual gift, and other gifts which God has ordained in us to live out by the power of the Spirit. God gives us spiritual gifts and a calling in life so that we would belong to Him more faithfully and serve Him completely. Our gifts and calling serve to manifest Christ within us in Spirit – that we may grow to know God more.
We see in the Scriptures that God calls different people at different times. He does not slap us with a To-do list at birth and expect us to fulfill that list by death. No, in His time He has set a certain time to when we are called. Our lives prior to finding our calling should be spent bringing God glory and in prayer, so that the Spirit of God would allow us to discern His will in our lives to His greater purpose.
See the various examples set in Scripture of God calling His servants:
Abraham: Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 51:2; Hebrews 11:8
Moses: Exodus 3:4
Samuel: 1 Samuel 3:4-10
Isaiah: Isaiah 6:8
Cyrus: Isaiah 41:2; 45:4
The servant of the Lord: Isaiah 42:6; 49:1
Jeremiah: Jeremiah 1:4-5
Hosea: Hosea 1:2
Amos: Amos 7:15
Jonah: Jonah 1:1-2; 3:1-2
The Disciples: Matthew 4:18-22 pp Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:2-11; John 1:35-42
Barnabas and Paul: Acts 13:2
Paul: Romans 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:15
God’s Purpose for You
We can be thankful that we are not abandoned to seek out our purpose in life, and that we have a personal God who is working within us day by day to develop us in the ways of His servants who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Pray that the Lord will keep you attentive as you go about your life, that He would reveal to you your calling and that you would recognize its significance in marvelous ways.
When God chooses to reveal to you your calling in life, remember what it is you were doing when you were called. Take note of what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:17-24:
“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.”
Soli Deo gloria.