FULFILLING PURPOSE IN LIFE
“O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” 1 Timothy 6:20.
There is a general knowledge about fulfilling purpose in life, this knowledge is even being preached in many churches today, they talk about fulfilling purpose in life, that you need to fulfill your purpose in life and you discover your purpose in life by your passion in life or what you have pleasure in doing. So whatever you have passion to do or whatever you have pleasure doing is your purpose in life. But I need to let you know this teaching or notion is satanic, it is unbiblical and from the pit of hell. If you have been following your passion or your pleasure in life, you have missed it in life.
There is difference between fulfilling your purpose in life and fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. These are two different statements that mean two different things with two different ends, but many are getting it wrong, thinking they are both same thing applicable. No! These are opposite and never can be the same. The prosperity preachers and motivational speakers, inspired by Satan, are doing havoc to many Christians by misleading them. Here is a clear clarification:
Fulfilling God’s Purpose For Your Life: When you give your life to Jesus, you don’t follow after your passion but your Savior and you don’t follow what pleases you but God’s pleasure. You are created by God and God has a purpose for creating you into this world, and if you don’t fulfill or accomplish that divine purpose, you will feel empty and useless to God, no matter what you achieve on earth. And there is no way you can discover or fulfill God’s purpose for your life except you surrender your life to God through Jesus.
Before you buy something in the market, you have a purpose for it, and for God to create you, He has a special purpose for it, no one is born into this world without a divine purpose. The Bible says, “
Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100”3.
But the devil is deceiving and diverting many people away from God their Creator and making many to ignore their Creator’s purpose and to seek their own personal purpose.
If you know there is God and that He is He who created you, why did He create you into this world? For you to fulfill God’s purpose for your life, you can not discover that by your passion or your pleasure, it is by surrendering your life Him and seek to discover His purpose for your life because there is difference between discovering your purpose in life and discovering God’s purpose for your life.
When you genuinely surrender your life to Jesus, you surrender your passion and your pleasure and submit to His will. Anyone who claims to be born again and still pursuing his own passion and pleasure is half born and half baked. Nobody surrender His life or her life to Jesus and remains the same. And when many people claim to be saved in Jesus, they don’t even understand the meaning of salvation in Christ. Salvation in Jesus is not a trade by batter where Jesus collects some things from you and you collect
somethings from Him, no! Salvation is a total surrender to Jesus, you give your life and everything that has to do with your life to Jesus, you submit and surrender all, including your passion, your pleasure, everything is surrendered for the love of God.
So when you give your life to Jesus, you don’t have that life with you again, it is no more your life again, it is given to Jesus, and so you don’t have any purpose to fulfill except God’s purpose for your life. So when I hear people saying, “You need to discover your purpose in life” I say, no, but I discover God’s purpose for my life. What does He want me to do, where does He wants me to go, how does He want me to do it? A surrendered life does not seek his own personal purpose in life but seek God’s purpose for his life. God has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life, if you miss God’s purpose for your life, you will be miserable in life. The Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. Until your fulfill God’s plan and purpose for your life, you cannot be fulfilled in life.
When you give your life to Jesus, you don’t seek to fulfill your purpose in life again but God’s purpose for your life. Those who seek to fulfill their purpose in life are people who don’t care about the existence of God, they are people only care about their present life and no eternal value.
Fulfilling your purpose is pursuing your personal will, what you like or any opportunity that comes your way. Most time our purpose are opposite to God’s purpose for our lives and our ways and wills are often contrary to God’s. You can be successful before men but at the same time a figure of failure before God, you may be rich financially and materially but poor spiritually; you may be very popular on earth but unknown to heaven. You may be working hard to fulfil your purpose and working contrary to God’s purpose for your life.
Many are wonderfully fulfilling their purpose in life but unfortunately working against God’s purpose for their dear lives. There are two reasons fulfilling your purpose in life is contrary to fulfilling God’s purpose for your life:
First, your desired purpose or passion may be sinful or unscriptural. For example, so many youths say they have passion for entertainments but God does not create or called anybody into His Kingdom for the purpose of entertainment in life – comedy, secular music, worldly or secular movies, etc. All Christians in entertainment are working hard against God’s purpose for their lives and they are missing God’s purpose for their lives already. You know why? Because children of God are not entertainments, and the Spirit of God in us is not to entertain people but to minister to people and transform people; entertainers are sugar of the world, just to sweeten like sugar, ministering to human feeling and emotion causing spiritual and moral diarrheal, but every genuine child of God is a salt of the world, the Bible says you are the salt of the earth, to season like salt, ministering to human soul and spirit for outward and inward transformation.
Entertainment, sinful professions or products, makeup services and many of their kinds are ungodly purpose and pursuit in the kingdom of God. There are many purposes and passions in life that are sinful and go against God’s will, that is the reason a child of God cannot just fulfill a purpose but God’s purpose and that is the reason a child of God cannot be led by his own passion in life.
Secondly, your desired purpose may be good and scriptural but not God’s will for your life. When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, you accept Him as the Lord, Director, Commander, Controller, and Judge of your life; it is no longer your wish, will, personal desire or passion again, but His will and purpose and plan for your life. If you are a student, you may desire to be a medical doctor but God may say, “No, you must be a lawyer, because that is my purpose for you.” And if you have truly surrendered your life to Jesus, what will be your response, “Not, my will but your will Oh Lord!”
As a child of God, you must seek to know God’s purpose for your life, why He created you, and fulfill it. We must seek the will of God on what, where and when in every aspect of our lives. It is not hard to discover God’s purpose for your life as long you are a child of God, but it is hard for many to follow God’s purpose because it clashes with their own personal purpose.
The only way you can live a fulfilled life on earth is by fulfilling the purpose for which God created you on earth, the only way you can do that is by first surrendering your life to Jesus Christ and be transformed, because you must become one of the sheep before you can follow the Shepherd, not a goat.
Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for your life or you are fulfilling your own purpose in life? Are your pursuits in life scriptural or worldly? And are they directed by God or by yourself? You are created by God for His good purpose, don’t let today pass by without discovering and doing it, do not leave this world without fulfilling God’s purpose to the letter, or why will you meet Him empty handed?
Surrender to Him, seek Him and serve Him.
“Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:7
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Gideon Akande, the Evangelist