Am I Walking in My God-given Purpose?
All of us were born with different gifts, but our gifts aren’t always our God-given purpose.
Many times, our gifts, if we capitalize on them, are the steppingstones that bring us closer to our purpose. Purpose can be confused with gifts because the gifts come naturally to us and typically bring prosperity.
As I was reading in the book of Mark recently, the Lord spoke to me about how to confirm whether you’re operating in your purpose – so I had to share with the Team. Walk with me through chapter one and see all the revelations about Jesus’ purpose journey that we can apply to our lives.
Jesus’ Purpose Walk
Mark 1:9 “It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan”.
When you embark on the journey to fulfill your purpose, the Spirit will bear witness in you what must be done. Jesus made the decision to take the first step into His ministry at this time by going to John for baptism in order to fulfill all righteousness (reference Matthew 3:13-15). Spirit-driven choices are a sign of purpose.
Mark 1:12-13 “Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him”.
After you make the decision to step into your God-given purpose, there will be a period of temptation. The enemy will try to confuse or redirect your plans – anything to attempt to destroy the calling on your life. This will require perseverance and commitment to overcome. But don’t fret – opposition is a part of the process. The trials you endure will only make your witness more powerful.
Mark 1:22 “And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes”.
Another way purpose is revealed is in its uniqueness. There is plenty of room for us all no matter how “oversaturated” a particular market is. Your gifts make room for you (Proverbs 18:16). There is something you offer that is specific and unlike anyone else in the field – so keep going!
Mark 1:23-27 “Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit and he cried out, let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are- the Holy One of God! But Jesus rebuked him saying come out of Him. And he came out of him. Then they were all amazed.”
There are two things God revealed to me in these verses. One is that your purpose will be backed by the power and authority of God. Two, even though people will hate on you, the anointing on your life will be undeniable!
Mark 1:29-31 “Jesus went to the house of Simon and Andrew, but Simons mother in law lay sick. So, He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, immediately the fever left her, and she served them”.
The God-given purpose on your life will bless and heal others and push them into action.
Mark 1:32-34 “they brought to Him all who were sick and demon-possessed. The whole city was gathered to the door. He healed many.”
Your purpose will draw people to you. Everything God placed in you was meant to be a solution, and those who need what you have will find you.
Mark 1:35-36 “Now in the morning before daylight He departed to a solitary place to pray. Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him”.
True purpose will push you closer to God because you will understand your need for Him to be able to accomplish what you’re purposed to do. Consistent prayer will be where God lays out His plans for your life and you come out with clear direction. Also, purpose motivates so much so that you will find yourself sacrificing extra sleep to get the job done.
Mark 1:38-39 “He said to them, let’s go into the next towns that I may preach there also because for this purpose I have come. He preached throughout Galilee and cast out devils”.
Purpose is focused and strategic. Your direction in life will be dictated by your purpose – it is a compass that drives where you go, what you say, who you associate with.
Mark 1: 40-42 “Now a leper came imploring Him saying, if you are willing, make me clean. Jesus moved with compassion, stretched out His hand, and immediately leprosy left him”.
Your purpose in God will make people pull on you and it won’t get on your nerves. You will be given grace and compassion for the people God has called you to serve. It’s important for me to note, again, that Jesus did retreat to be with His inner circle and rest. So yes, you must allow yourself to be replenished.
Mark 1:43-44 “He sternly warned him, see that you say nothing to anyone…”
Purpose doesn’t have anything to prove! Purpose is confident and fully assured. Jesus said, “this will be a public testimony”. The work of your purpose speaks for itself.
Mark 1:45 “However he went out and began to proclaim it freely.”
Purpose doesn’t need to promote! Destiny opens doors. Because of your submission to your God-given purpose, your reputation will precede you.
So, What’s the Play Call?
I want to encourage everyone to open your mind to God and allow Him to speak through His Word as you read. I have read Mark several times before and never saw these revelations regarding purpose.
Whatever you may be going through or questioning – the answer is in the scriptures! Psalm 139:16 says that every day of our lives was recorded in Gods book. Your purpose is in Him – ask, seek, knock.