6 Stages Of A Call Of A Change Agent

Day 1 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Can I Know My Purpose?

God created you to know him and to have an intimate relationship with him. In fact, God says that if a person is going to boast about anything in life, then he so she should “boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me” (Jeremiah 9:23). The Bible encourages us to seek God first, which is why Jesus encouraged his disciples by saying, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

We know God chose us; he is the initiator and we simply respond to his invitation. This is why Jesus told his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” (John 15:16).

Humankind’s relationship with God was lost in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus’ death on the cross, however, allows this relationship to be restored and to have intimate fellowship with the Father once again. The apostle Paul came to understand this when he said, “I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself” (Philippians 3:10 MSG). 

Establishing this relationship with God is vital to understanding your purpose in life. If you don’t have this relationship with God, then you will seek to fulfill your purpose out of wrong motives, such as fear, insecurity, pride, money, relationships, guilt, or unresolved anger. God’s desire is for you to be motivated out of love for him and to desire to worship him in all that you do. As you develop this relationship with God, he will begin to reveal his purpose for your life. 

Your purpose in life isn’t something you decide to do; rather, it is chosen by God. It is nonnegotiable. God had a plan in mind when he allowed your spirit, which was in heaven, to [RA1] come into flesh and blood and be born on earth. “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me,” the psalmist said (Psalm 138:8 MEV). There is no changing God’s purpose for your life, but you may not fulfill it because free will is involved. 

The Psalms tell us that we have an assigned portion (purpose and destiny). For example, David wrote, “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance” (Psalm 16:5–6).  “He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands” (Acts 17:26). 

During our next 7 days together we are going to look at the 6 stages God uses to bring many of his people into the larger story of their lives. I found these stages when writing my book, Change Agent and the Joseph Calling.