God's Purpose in Your Life

Here are 6 things I learned from Colossians chapter 1 where Paul is encouraging the new Christians to continue the work that God has given them to do.  

A few thoughts on God’s purpose for your life.

  1. Your purpose will cost you something. The depth of our impact is directly related to the sacrifices we’re willing to make. Paul lost his freedom because of it! But he chose to give it all up for the gospel of Jesus. What will your purpose cost you?
  2. Our passion, enthusiasm, and vision are not tied to our environment. Paul was shackled and STILL equipping & encouraging Christians globally! Because of technology we are not confined to reach only those in our neighborhood. I think of the inmates at our two campuses at FSP and New River CF and how these men are making their environment their mission field for the time they are serving. Serving Time takes on a whole new meaning to me now. We are all serving time while here on earth.
  3. Love for others is a gift from the Holy Spirit, not something we can fake. Paul writes, “He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.” Discover what you love and who you have compassion and unconditional love for and serve those people in God’s power, not your own strength. Do you care for unwed mothers? Unborn babies? Are you passionate about stopping sex trafficking? Do you care about cancer patients? Examine your heart and serve those who you are particularly drawn to love and care about the most.
  4. The key to having a fruitful, purposeful life is to have spiritual wisdom and understanding. Paul wrote, “We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Don’t wait until you have it all together to start living your purpose. During the work you will get to learn and know God better and better. You never stop growing in wisdom and understanding.
  5. He will give you the endurance and patience required to fulfill your purpose! Paul wrote, “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power, so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.” Your purpose will be satisfying, and it will feel like your “sweet spot” because you are doing what God planned for you to do but that does not mean it will not require patience at times and hardships will be endured in His strength.
  6. When you are living out your purpose remember joy and gratitude. Paul prayed, “May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.” Do not lose sight of your ‘Why’ as you continue to serve God with joy and gratitude. The helmet of salvation will protect you from losing your first love and appreciation for the gift of grace and forgiveness you received when you placed your faith in Jesus Christ. Remind yourself often what Paul sums up in Chapter 1 of Colossians, “He has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.  But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”