As believers, we often find ourselves asking what is our purpose. What specific tasks is asked of us, from our Father, to fulfill as we live out our days on earth. In fact, I have shared with you once before a portion of my prayer which includes: “Lord what is the hope of your calling?” In other words, what do you want me to do? What did you call me for (Ephesians 1:17-18)
Often it is not hard to know. The very thing that you are passionate about often ties to what you are supposed to be doing. How you get their is the path given by the Holy Spirit, as He leads and guides us to all truths as we acknowledge the Lord in everything we do, so that He can direct us.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 NKJV
It is really quite simple. There are 3 things the Lord requires. If we base our lives upon these 3 things, it makes life much more manageable.
Those 3 things are:
- To do what is right.
- To love mercy.
- Conform our lives to God’s will.
The word of God explains these 3 principles as such:
“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NLT
If we resolve to do what is right (just or fair), treat one another with love and loyalty, granting mercy just as our Father was merciful towards us, and humbly walk with God, we complete the mission.
Walking with God means that we live according to His principles. We base our lives around what He says, as being His obedient children, and we trust Him as our Heavenly Father.
What happens when we walk with someone? Imagine that you and a friend are enjoying a walk during your lunch break. You are next to one another. You talk, laugh, and listen. Your attention is focused on this person. Your phone is would be a distraction and disrespectful because it would take away from the intimacy and the attention that you would anticipate by spending time with this person- so you do not bring it. You may notice the beauty around you or something that is going on nearby, but only to point it out to the other person.
Walking with God is like that. When we enter into an intimate relationship with God through faith in His Son, He becomes our heart’s greatest desire. Knowing Him, hearing Him, sharing our hearts with Him, and seeking to please Him become our primary focus. He becomes everything to us. Meeting with Him is not an activity reserved for Sunday morning. We live to fellowship with Him (thank you Jesus)!
Just as walking with a close friend requires saying “no” to many other things, like the cell phone or bringing someone else along, walking with God requires letting go of anything that would be a distraction.
If we walk with God, the other 2 things on the list become natural: it makes sense to do what is right, and although someone may treat you unfairly, you remember the immeasurable mercy given to you, by God, and you can extended that mercy to others.
When you walk with God (walk in the Spirit) it is easy for others to detect that you have been with Jesus.
There’s no need to worry yourself about your specific purpose. Those who walk with God, always reach their destination.