What does the Bible Say About Your Purpose in Life?
I think there is a question that every living being with a soul has asked – “why am I here?” A few of us seem to be born knowing exactly what they were made for; while most of us wander around for decades, never feeling like we fit quite right. While we do know that God works on a schedule that’s far superior to ours, sometimes you can’t help but wonder if He’s forgotten about you. Are we supposed to just sit around waiting for inspiration? Did we let the moment pass us by? Is it too late or too early to know one’s purpose? As always, there’s really only one book to turn to when these questions plague us with existential dread. Pull back the curtain and see what God has in store for you with these Bible verses about purpose.
Bible Verses about Purpose
Our Intentional God
God doesn’t leave anything to chance, and He isn’t someone affected by circumstance. When God creates something, it’s because it has a place, time, and purpose in His plan. Do you know what the odds are of your actually being born? Zero. Imagine all the things that had to take place just so you, specifically, will come into being. You have to take into account every ancestor you have, every decision they made, every turmoil they survived, your parents’ meeting, every decision they made to stay together and have kids, and then the staggering number of DNA that had to come together at just the right moment to create you. And so the odds for you to be here is zero – and yet, here you are, reading this article, searching Scriptures for purpose. You are not an accident. You are here for a reason.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God's will for your life
While each one of us may have a specific role in His plan, we first have to understand that God made us for one true purpose- and that is to lead others to Him. If we understand and believe this, then all other questions will be that much easier to answer. Does it fulfill God’s command to bring people to Jesus?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
Trust God’s Timeline to fulfill His vision for your life
God’s not disorganized. He’s not just throwing out ideas and ingredients hoping something’s going to stick. He has meticulously planned out every detail, and if we trust Him and hold on to His promises, we will see it all work together beautifully. Sometimes it happens early on in life, and sometimes He will make you most effective when you’re much older and more mature. What doesn’t change is the fact that His will for you is good and perfect, no matter what it is, or when it unfolds.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.
Fulfilling God's purpose and destiny for you
God will never give you something you cannot handle- we know this about trials. But I believe that the same goes for the desires of our hearts, and the talents we have been gifted with. If you want to have a clearer idea of what God’s purpose is for you, look inwards. What has He given you? What are you good at? What comes naturally? What gives you joy? We know that God likes to take His time; He never rushes. So perhaps He has already begun the work in you, and He is simply honing it until the time of harvest. So reflect on your heart, and see what God has planted.
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
1 Peter 4:10-11
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.