For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard this verse a million times and read it a million times more. There have been many a sermon and bible study surrounding this verse. If the repetition has caused this verse to lose any meaning, I urge you to think about it again. This time I want you to look at it through the lens of God. It is clear that God is intentional about our lives. Not only did He create us, but He has a purpose for our lives which include a hope and future.
Finding Your Purpose
The fact that God is so intentional about our lives and emphasizes that intention in this verse, hints to us that we should also make that effort. It’s important to find out what your purpose is on this earth and to pursue it intentionally. So how do you do that? Colossians 3 is a chapter in the Bible that is all about how you should live your life in Christ. Here’s a mind-blowing verse that saves you the strife of trying to figure out your purpose.
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 NLT
It’s as simple as being a representative of Christ; this means taking all your gifts, all your talents, all your words, and all your actions, and using them to glorify God.
Putting It Into Action
So how can you live on purpose every single day? Make a conscious decision to represent Christ. We see others do it every day. We see people like Tim Tebow who was talented in football. With that talent and the platform it created for him, he brought glory to Christ. You’ve seen your co-worker who is great at communicating, work Christ into her conversations in a way that felt comfortable for everyone involved. It can be as simple as offering food to someone who is hungry or money to someone who is poor. Be a representative of Christ in all that do. That is living on purpose.