A recent survey conducted by Lifeway Research has concluded there seems to be one small positive coming out of the COVID pandemic — people are starting to think more about their purpose in life.
According to its recent survey of 1,200 people, 57% of people stated that at least once a month they are wondering “How can I find more meaning and purpose in my life?”
This is up from 51% of people who wondered that same thing in 2011.
The pandemic is causing people to realize there is more to life than just satisfying their personal desires.
As Christians, it is vital we grasp that God has a purpose and plan for our lives.
In a prophetic word given to the prophet Jeremiah, we read that God’s purpose for Jeremiah’s life was not laid out when the prophet was born, in fact, God’s plan for Jeremiah was written up before he was even conceived (Jeremiah 1:5).
When you were born, God wasn’t caught off guard and wondering what am I going to do with you. God already had a plan in the works for your life.
And this even included Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist, who was born in 1982 without any limbs — no arms and no legs as a result of the rare tetra-amelia syndrome.
It is not that he didn’t struggle with his circumstances in life and had to fight depression and bullying, but Christian Today recently wrote about a sermon that Vujicic gave at Pastor Rick Warren’s church in Lake Forest, Ca, where he spoke about the verse that changed his life.
It’s found in John 9:1-3 and involves the time that Jesus and the disciples encountered a man who had been born blind from birth.
The disciples asked Christ if his blindness was due to the man’s sin or his parents. Considering that he had been born blind, they must have figured the man sinned in the womb.
But how did Jesus respond.
Christ said neither.
The Lord stated that this man was born this way so “that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
God had a purpose in this man’s blindness and his resulting healing published in the Bible has been read by tens of millions of people.
After reading this passage, Vujicic understood that God had a purpose for him through his disability. God wanted to demonstrate His glory through a limbless man.
But it takes faith to move past our circumstances, in an interview with the Christian Post, Vujicic said:
“You got to trust in God. And that’s the pinnacle and epiphany of faith — to understand that only God can do that. Only God can use the man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet and call him to stand in front of the gates of hell and redirect traffic.”
And though he and others have prayed for God to restore Vujicic’s arms and legs, he stated:
“Even though we don’t get a miracle, we can be one.”
No matter your circumstances in life, you can be that miracle as you embrace your calling and purpose.
In Ephesians 2:10, the Apostle Paul writes that you are God’s workmanship. The Greek word for workmanship, poiēma, means simply an ‘original creation.’
It is also the Greek word from which we get the word poem. God has written a several stanza poem outlining the specific purpose He has for your life and the things that He wants to accomplish through you.
And in this verse, Paul adds that these good works were laid out “beforehand,” before you were even born. In other words, your circumstances or even disability does not change God’s plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11).
If you are feeling your life is aimless, how do you discover God’s purpose for our life? One simple way is prayer.
When is the last time you asked God what His purpose is for your life?
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (Psalm 57:2 ESV)
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