Does it Really Matter if You Know Your Purpose?
Does It Really Matter If You Know Your Purpose?
By Mark Harris
After graduating from college with a business degree, I faced a dilemma that you may be familiar with. When my family and friends would ask, “What are you going to do now?”, I did not have a clear answer.
The truth was, I wanted to use it to be successful; to live the good life. I found myself trying to learn how to achieve my dreams of success by the quickest means possible.
That’s when, by divine providence, one of the greatest things that possibly could have happened, happened. Four successful businessmen who were older and wiser than I was took me under their wing to teach me what they had learned about achieving the good life.
They would all meet with me individually, but they all had one thing in common. They attributed their success to having a relationship with Jesus. They explained that God created all of us with a purpose. The Bible says, “We are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10. I had never heard that before.
Natural curiosity provoked me to ask each of them the same question. “How do I know what God’s purpose is for me?” “What if I don’t like God’s plan, can I change it?” “What right does God have to tell me what to do?”
These men challenged me to thinking differently about God and the world around me. They said, “Mark, the key to the success you seek starts with a relationship with Jesus. They showed me in the Bible where it said, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, (NLT))
What was appealing to me about becoming a Christian was the understanding that God created me for a purpose. If He created me for a purpose, then it seemed reasonable that the more I learned about His ways of doing life, then at some point, all the gifts, talents, interests and abilities would come together for my good success.
I have heard all too often that many Christians were not as fortunate as I was to have four men mentor and disciple me. It made all the difference in my life. I would not be where I am today without their investment into me.
4Tucson is committed to helping you be successful in life. You may have questions like I did about how to discover and fulfill your created purpose. You are invited to participate in our next Discover Your Purpose Workshop. You will better understand how your Spiritual Gifts, your Abilities, your Personality style and your Strengths are all part of your purpose. We will help you develop a Life Purpose Statement that will serve as the North Star to guide your life.
When you go to Discover Your Domain, you will meet other men and women who are excited about helping you fulfill your unique purpose. They will challenge you to think differently about God and the world around you. Other Christians will help you on your journey to your Big Dream. It is different for each of us, but it is the dream placed in your heart before you were ever born.
You will also have the opportunity to apply your gifts, expertise and strengths as you collaboratively work with other Christians to solve systemic city problems using the Bible as a guide. Visit our Economic Opportunity and Development or Poverty Reduction Taskforces to see examples of how you can engage with this mission.
If you have not had the opportunity, I would encourage you to check out our podcast where other Christians share their story of finding purpose. They share the challenges they have faced, the obstacles they have overcome and what the lessons they have learned that can help as you become the person you were created to become.
If you want to be a part of a team of people who are passionate about finding and fulfilling their purpose, I encourage you to join 4Tucson.
We hope to one day have over 100,000 Christians working together to improve our city by fulfilling their purpose. We believe God wants you to be a part of that.
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