Build Your Unique Purpose

A Journey of a LifeTime

We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.

What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” (Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.

God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.

God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.

Oswald Chambers

WWI Chaplin, My Utmost for His Highest, Daily Devotional - July 29th

Where are you headed?

If a man doesn’t have a Christ-Centered purpose, he may feel lost and unsure of what to focus on in his life. He might find himself constantly shifting his plans and relationships, without ever fully committing or going deeper in any specific area.

Who are you following?

So many different options – startup gurus, CEOs of large corporations, political figures, and many more.  Only one offers eternal life and provides clear guidance for daily living that will offer peace, purpose, and honor.

What are your plans?

“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.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Eric R. Decker | Central Indiana Soaring | Reading A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Blueprint to Build Your Purpose

Today, most men are struggling to identify and develop a purpose for their lives.  Although Christ offers a unique purpose for every man who is willing to follow Him, many pursue more worldly paths of success, power, and money.  Take the steps below to build your Christ-Centered Purpose.

 

#1 - Build a Strong Foundation

Lay a sturdy foundation for your Christ-centered purpose by nurturing a close bond with Jesus Christ. Through prayer and diving into the Scriptures, deepen your grasp of His teachings and how they shape your life’s purpose.

#2 - Find a Christian Mentor

Seek out an older/wiser man who is willing to invest time in your life.   His involvement will be crucial to developing your Christ-Centered purpose.

 

#3 - Identify Your Strengths and Passions

Identify your unique talents, passions, and interests.  In recognizing these God-given gifts, you can leverage them to honor God and serve others, aligning your purpose with your abilities.

#4 - Define Your Values and Priorities

Establish your core values and align them with biblical principles.  By integrating virtues such as love, compassion, humility, integrity, and forgiveness into your purpose, you can make decisions that are in line with your faith.

#5 - Set Clear and Measurable Goals

With the help of your mentor create specific and actionable goals that reflect your values and passions.  Whether they pertain to personal growth, professional aspirations, or spiritual development, setting clear goals will propel you forward on your Christ-centered purpose journey.

#6 - Embrace a Servant's Heart

Following the example of Jesus, embrace a servant’s heart and seek opportunities to serve others selflessly.  By generously sharing your time, resources, and talents, you can experience the fulfillment that comes from living out a Christ-centered purpose.

#7 - Build Your Band-of-Brothers

Surround yourself with a supportive community of like-minded men who share your commitment to living a Christ-centered life. 

#8 - Experiment

With the data you have collected in the previous steps, Identify five areas of interest and develop a plan to engage in each area to confirm your interest.

#9 - Continuously Invest Time to Deepen Your Knowledge

 Building a Christ-centered purpose is an ongoing process.  Dedicate yourself to growing in faith and wisdom by regularly studying God’s Word, attending worship services, and seeking spiritual guidance. Through this continuous growth, your purpose will evolve, leading to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

#10 - Help Other Men Grow in Their Relationship with Christ

 Paying it forward is a reflection of Jesus Christ’s teachings on love, compassion, and selflessness. It embodies the principle of treating others as you would want to be treated, the Golden Rule.  Paying it forward aligns with the message of spreading God’s love and grace to others through our actions and attitudes.

Helping men to discover and develop their Christ-Centered purpose has become my purpose!

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