This year, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the 2017 Desperation Conference in Colorado Springs. It is a yearly conference in which 4,000 people, all with burning fires for Jesus, come together to worship Him for three days. I was able to attend in 2015 (to see a recap of that year click here), and it completely changed my relationship with the Lord and how I now view Him as both a friend, father, and the Creator of the universe. Each year has a new theme in which speakers from around the world come to talk about. Ironically, the theme this year was PURPOSE, which is what I have been struggling with this season.
What is your divine purpose?
Not knowing your purpose can be scary. What is your calling from Jesus? How do you know if you are walking down the right path to reach this goal? What do you do if your calling is different, unique, and seemingly “unreachable,” according to society’s standards?
The beautiful thing about the Lord is that He gave everyone a specific, unique calling that is meant to bring Him glory. Personally, I have been deeply struggling with what my calling is supposed to be. What is MY purpose? During Desperation (desperate pursuit of the Lord), it was confirmed that I am called to love. I don’t know what that means yet or where the Lord will take me in this pursuit, but I know I will be used to show others the endless love of God. Whether it is through writing, worship, ministry, or my career, I am going to be used for His purpose.
Throughout this week of Desperation, God has not necessarily taught me exactly what my purpose was. At the beginning, you could say that I was disappointed. However, what this week taught me is how to trust God more deeply. We are meant to have a blind faith in Jesus, that He will provide for us, even when we have no idea where we are heading.
One thing I learned from the incredibly talented speaker Robert Madu is that we must continually believe that:
“I am loved. I am a child of God. And God is pleased with me.”
In order to find your purpose, you must believe that you do not need to run for love, acceptance, and joy.
You must cling to the fact that Jesus has paid it all for YOU and that you already have your love and purpose living inside you! In order to fulfill your purpose, you must believe that you ARE loved, you are a child of God, and that God is pleased with you.
If God has called you to do something, DO IT.
Step out, not yet knowing where you are going, and then FIND OUT what your calling is. You have nothing to lose! Don’t let fear keep you from a life full of Jesus. If you wait until you feel comfortable, you will never grow in your faith that God is intentional with your life. Take the chance. Serve the Lord, and show up.
Always remember that God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called! You are worthy of the beautiful calling that God has placed upon you. All you need to do to be used by God is be willing to surrender and step out of your comfort zone.
If you don’t know your purpose, that’s okay too!
Don’t freak out if God hasn’t revealed your calling to you yet. Don’t feel like you need to fix yourself before coming to the Lord: He will meet you right where you’re at! Remember that you don’t have to perform in order to earn His love. We are ALREADY approved and loved by God. He wants you to receive your purpose! Just pray, surrender it all at His feet, and watch as your identity is revealed to you.
You are called to do amazing things!
“‘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
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” -Romans 8:28
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” -Proverbs 16:9
“‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” -Hebrews 11:8