In a world that is fast becoming elusive, embracing a cause and living for a purpose is an abnormality. The craze today is to chase after perishable things of life such as cars, fashion, comfort, good houses, money, beautification products, clothing and perfumes. The truth is this; poverty of purpose is becoming more rampant and worse than poverty of the purse. To really soar and be fulfilled in life is to live, pursue and die for a purpose. A life without a purpose is an empty life waiting to expire anytime.

Biblical Foundation and Definition: John 1:6-7
Purpose is a defined assignment, a cause, life’s direction, a perpetual aim, dream, vision and something worth living and dying for. To discover your purpose is to have a reason for living. But without a purpose, you are merely existing and not living. As a person God has given you a divine purpose to live for.

Characteristics of Godly Purpose (Acts 26:19).

    It will make you totally obedient to God and dependent on Him for direction.
    It will make you meet human needs
    It is often revealed to you by God, not learnt or created for you by people
    It keeps coming to you even when you are tired and wish to run away from it.
    It does not make you a competitor to people, but compliment them to better             humanity.
    It will starve you of your ego and cause you to acknowledge and glorify God.
    It will shift your focus from making money but to sincerely serve the people.

Barriers to Discovering Your Purpose:

1.    Disobedience to God
2.    Operating under curses
3.    Stubbornness of heart.
4.    Revenge and anger
5.    Competitive spirit.
6.    Fear of the unknown
7.    Following people blindly and wishing to be like them.
8.    Love for money and material positions.
9.    Playfulness and frivolities.
10.    Pride of life, position and titles
11.    Habouring sin, idol worshipping etc.
12.    Prayerlessness.

Result of Purposeless Living:


    Keeping unproductive friendship and associations.
    Ego tripping and unsubmission to your Leadership.
    Loose and careless living.
    Display of ungodly characters.
    Engaging in endless talking and discussion.
    Living constantly in sin.
    Unprofitable use of time.
    Quarreling and fighting with neighbours
    Church members or associate in ministry control by envy, jealousy and bitterness.

Compass for Discovering Your Purpose:

1.    Desire - a compelling wish from inside.
2.    Burden - an internal conviction that is weighty.
3.    Passion - a feeling you can’t run away from.
4.    Dream - a lifetime thought and pictures that keeps coming while awake or during         sleep.
5.    Concern - a regular positive worry.

How to Discover your Purpose:

    Pray and seek God’s face through fasting
    Check and access what drives you
    Make up your mind to be a contributor to life and not a spectator or a consumer.
    Always value your communion periods with God.
    Don’t be satisfied with average, crave for maximum impact in whatever you do             now.
    Keep company only with purposeful people.
    Attend programmes, seminars and conferences that will enhance your vision or area         of interest
    Develop yourself in the areas you feel mostly compelled and directed by the Holy         Spirit.
    Make the Bible your closest companion, study it always and ask God to open your         eyes to see revelations beyond the letters.
    Read books, listen to tapes and keep growing in preparation for what is coming             ahead.
    Stay focused, don’t move with every fad and wind of doctrine.

To live for a purpose is to be known for something. When there is nothing to pursue there won’t be anything to possess. Life is more than material possession, need for approval, financial fulfillment e. t. c. Life is purpose. It is a pursuit of something worthwhile fulfilling.

The Benefits of Purpose:


1.    Purpose will make you focused
2.    Purpose will inspire you when downcast.
3.    Purpose will lead and guide you aright.
4.    Purpose will create opportunities for you.
5.    Purpose will cause you to make more impact.
6.    Purpose will put you on your toes for growth
7.    Purpose will propel you when you feel like quitting.
8.    Purpose will make you wanted.
9.    Purpose will attract the right people to you.
10.    Purpose helps your influence to spread.
11.    Purpose will make you productive and fruitful.

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