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God made you on purpose to make a difference.
God doesn’t make mistakes, and He created you intentionally and purposefully to do good. Paul writes, “for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). God is not playing hide-and-seek with His plans for you. He desires for you to know and fulfill His purpose for your life.
No matter what God is calling you to do, His plan is always best and His plan always leads to your joy. Are you struggling to realize God’s way is best? Do you worry about giving up “control” of your own plans? You can find the encouragement to pursue your purpose in these truths.
What has God called you to do with your life?
Don’t downplay your difference.
We have a lot of examples in scripture of individuals doing big things for God; parting seas, fighting giants, and making fire fall from heaven. But, take a look at an individual like Ruth. She was simply loving and obedient to those around her and fulfilled her purpose in the genealogy of Jesus (Ruth 1-4, Matthew 1:5). Maybe God is asking you to work outside the home and you feel like that doesn’t measure up to being a stay-at-home mom. Trust God. Wherever He leads you, you’ll be making an eternal difference.
Maybe you’re a father and husband who thinks God is calling you to a career change with a major pay cut. Look to Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, who trusted God in simple things like moving his family or helping his wife give birth in a barn ( Luke 2:4-7). Today, we’re still thankful for the difference he made.
It’s not about you.
This is not only a hard truth about your life, but is also about your gifts. God has given you a spiritual gift to benefit the church, not your ego (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). Comparing your gift to those around you will undoubtedly steal your gratitude and joy. God simply wants you to be you, the way He made you so you can fulfill His purpose for you (1 Corinthians 12:14-20).
Remembering this will help motivate you to fulfill a purpose that you didn’t plan for yourself. Find comfort and encouragement in the truth that God’s plans are always better for you than anything you can create on your own.
Fame is not a prerequisite for joy.
God wants your joy and He knows you better than you know yourself. If He is directing you towards something, it is for your good. He does not want to make you miserable. And, despite not getting noticed here on earth, you will be rewarded. God makes certain to tell us that our reward in heaven will be great for anything done in secret (Matthew 6:1-18).
When you’re fulfilling your purpose, your joy will not depend on prestige or popularity. It may be scary at first to submit your life to a purpose that seems like it may go unnoticed. You can trust that God only wants what is best for you and He will not leave you unsatisfied.
Article courtesy of NewSpring Church