By Pastor Deanna Swedeen
Have you ever wondered what is your purpose in life? Or what will make you feel satisfied? God has created each of us unique and each of us has a unique purpose in life. It is amazing how God has created so many people and yet, none of us are truly alike.
The Word of God in the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Many different writers, living at separate times in history, wrote to complete one message—The Good News. When these different writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit, they carried out their destiny. Those people completed tasks as part of the Body of Christ, which have given us the Bible. Now that’s amazing! Well, the Good News for us is that God has something amazing for each one of us. When you consider the lives of amazing men and women of God who have gone before us, there are three main things in common. They were ordinary people who knew God, who had discovered their God-given calling, and who had lived it out. They were inspired to continue forward, pressing on even in spite of difficult circumstances, to carry out their purpose in life.
How do you find that purpose? Consider which things in life you are passionate about. Compare your passion to the Word of God— the Bible. Your God-given inspiration will be something that God would want to happen here and now. Then write down your vision like it says in Habakkuk 2:2 says, “…Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.” Look at it often to remind yourself of your direction. Once you catch the “vision” for your life, you have a goal to run toward. What’s even better, if the “vision” that you catch is God’s vision for your life, it will be the most fulfilling journey that you can imagine. There’s something about doing what we were created to do that catapults us forward and it hardly even feels like work.
When you have found your purpose and have written it down, run after it! In Proverbs 29:18, the Bible says, “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish;” and in Proverbs 13:12, it says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.” You will be living in the middle of your desires being fulfilled. You will be living in heaven on earth! Just like Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God has so much Good News for us. He said to us in John 14:12, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”
We can all be “inspired” of God. It’s part of HIS unique DNA that he has placed in each of us. It is our job to search it out and find our divine inspiration, write it down, and run after it. My inspiration is to live a life of heaven on earth by discovering, writing, and living out my purpose in the Body of Christ and helping others to do the same. What’s yours?