Whether we know it or not, whether we believe it or not, whether we accept it or not, God has a purpose for each and every one of us. Before we were even born, God assigned to us a specific task that only we can carry out. We were made with intention, and there’s a reason behind our presence here on earth. Nobody here is here as a placeholder. You each are your own original person with your own original purpose. Our purpose differs from one another but no one’s purpose is esteemed higher than the other (read 1 Corinthians 12).
However, to discover our God-given purposes, we have to have a relationship with God. We must know how to talk to him and how to hear his voice, if not we will walk around aimlessly, confused and unfulfilled, looking for our purpose and callings in the wrong places. We will waste our time investing in the wrong people and in the wrong things. Because we are spiritually blind and lack direction, we will listen to anything and anybody trying to sell us a dream. We will let the world define who we are and we will let the world define our purpose.
The world will dictate to us our capabilities and incapability and we will listen and believe simply because we don’t have a relationship with God.
“The world” comes in many forms. It can come in the form of relationships, romantic or platonic, distracting you from heeding the voice of God, it can come in the form of parents pushing you into careers that are not necessarily aligned with God’s will for your life. It can come in the form of social media, what we watch, and who we listen to telling us how we should behave, how we should dress, and who we should be.
It mostly comes in the form of people who don’t have a relationship with God themselves and lack faith. They doubt the greatness of God, his goodness, and his abundance. They can’t comprehend how immense he is, how vast and how wide his love is for you, so they doubt the big plans he has for you. That’s not the problem. The problem is that we start to believe these skeptics, we let their words settle in and soon enough we start to doubt God ourselves. This leads us to live a very rigid and predictable life.
Block out the noise from your life and leave room for God’s voice alone.
Imagine if Noah had listened to the naysayers when they told him he was crazy for embarking on an odd mission of building an ark. These people were short-sighted and lacked vision. They focused on the things that they could see, not knowing that the things we can see are very fleeting. “So, we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
God only revealed the vision to Noah, and it was up to him to share that vision with the people around him. Whether they chose to believe him or doubt him was up to them, but nevertheless, he did not let their thoughts or unsolicited commentaries sway him from obeying God or make him question the plan that God had laid out for him because he believed in the vision. The difference between Noah and the naysayers was that they lacked the faith and the sight needed to believe in the vision.
Not everyone is going to comprehend the long process and the time-consuming work you put in that doesn’t seem to bear any immediate fruit. They might even laugh at you. And that’s okay. It’s not theirs to understand and the joke is on them.
Even if we hesitate a little bit, even if we are scared, always it should be “…yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). .He did not say that following him would be easy, in fact, he said because we follow him, “The world will make you suffer” he also says, “but be brave! I have defeated the world “(John 16:33)
The point is, we all have a purpose, and just because your purpose isn’t bearing immediate fruit doesn’t mean it’s fruitless. All it takes is hard work and patience to nurture it.
Protect your visions because people will try to feed you doubts and make you seem like you’re crazy. They don’t believe, but they also don’t know that we serve a God that make the impossible very possible. We serve a God that can create something out of nothing.
Don’t let people distract you from the end goal.
Don’t let people tell you what you can or can’t do. Jesus doesn’t look for our ability to do things, instead, he looks at our heart and he looks for our availability and consistency. He will equip you with the ability you need along the way.
God gave you the vision, not them. He knows you’re very capable, so if the almighty God chose you why do you doubt?
Just because you can’t see the full vision of the purpose doesn’t mean you stop planning.
Don’t compare your purpose to that of another person.
Don’t compare your progress to that of another person.
However long it might take, don’t deter from the path that God has laid out before you. The journey might be long and hard but the result is always sweet.
Again, don’t compare yourselves to others. God has a plan and purpose for you, and he has very different timings for manifesting said purpose in your life.
Also, just because you might seem to have an obvious gift does not mean you’re necessarily walking in your purpose. Your gifts don’t always equate to your calling and purpose. There are thousands of people in this world that can sing or dance or act, that doesn’t mean they are all called to do the same thing. Your purpose might be to be on the big screen, or it might be to use your talent to heal an ailing nation. Your calling might be to inspire rather than to entertain. Don’t assume, ask God.
We can try to do our own thing, and sometimes that might work for a while, but eventually, it will fail. For “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
Continue to be patient and diligent and God will take care of you. “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).