In preparation for this message “life-purpose”, I had to take a back seat to renew my mind and to bridge the separation I was experiencing on the inside from God. Although, the message for this month came to me as “Who are you?” a question I ask myself often to remember who I truly am.
Sometimes, we begin to question ourselves about why we are here on earth? What is the reason for me being alive today? You are certain that there is something designated for you but you just cannot seem to nip it down, you are confused, wondering how to go about life. You say to yourself, if truly there is a reason God created me, what then could it be? How can I find it? If at all I find it, how do I go about it – develop it? And if I am able to accomplish all these, what then am I supposed to do?
Before answering all these questions, let us have a clear understanding of what Life, Purpose and Gift mean. Also, this part will be shedding light on what brought about the quoted and the intended understanding to be gained.
Life, Purpose and Gift
Life simply means the opposite of death; it is whereby an individual is able to interact with people and also engage in activities taking place or life can be said to be when a person is living or existing.
The Christian belief is that a person starts to truly live only when a race is set before him, therefore, life can be likened to be a race or journey where people compete to get to the end.
Purpose refers to a reason(s) for existence. In the book of Genesis, although other living creatures were not as significant as man, they had a reason why they were created. For example, “… all the creatures that move on ground- everything that has the breath of life in it, I give every green plant for food” (NIV) as said by God in the book of Genesis 1: 30.
Gift means something given by a person to another with no intention if getting anything in return. It means a natural ability, that is, it is received not inherited. In the process of gifting, there is the giver and the receiver.
There are several meanings attached to purpose but the most significant meanings are man live to grow from one level to another or become more mature, it can also mean to start existing, that is why, some people say that “until you have fully developed in all facets of life- social, physical, emotional and mental, you have not began to live, exist or experience life itself.
Purpose and Work of Life
David Viscott, a psychiatrist who hosted a pioneering radio talk show in the 1980s and 1990s. His statement was composed of three parts instead of two and it says “the purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.”
The statement made by David Viscott is what will be used to further explain and to give a clear understanding of what the quote means but in the reverse other, that is, the statement becomes “The meaning of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The purpose of life is to give your gift away.”
There are different kinds of gift, some of which can be found in the bible passages: 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:10-12. Read more
Knowing “who you are” is the best weapon you have against the wiles, temptation and deceits of Satan. If you do not have an identity, Satan will abuse you, take advantage of this loophole, make good use of the opportunity to taunt the spirit and grace of God in your life.
“Stand for something or
fall for anything.”
Therefore, as a Saint, it is highly important you know you are a son or daughter of God. The reason I am emphasising on the word Saint is because only those who receive and believe in God are given the right to be called children of God (John 1:12). Having this understanding, you should exercise your rights, and acknowledge God as your father.
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