Updated: Dec 7, 2018
If I were to ask, “what are you?” most definitely with ease you would spit out a list of adjectives. If I asked, “who are you,” most certainly you would share with me discourse describing, as no one else can, who you are. However, the difficulty of our interview would most likely set in if I posed the question, “why are you?”
Do you know why you are? Yes, WHY you are. With easiness anyone can answer questions concerning what they are because labels are simple. Effortlessly, we list what we are; I’m a doctor, nurse, student, mentor, after school activities specialist, musician, graphic designer, paraprofessional, cashier, etc. However, identifying why we are seems more complex for it demands an explanation concerning the reason for our “what”, our existence.
Truthfully, we don’t always know why we are here. The peril is that the longer you don’t know “why”, you’ll fill your life with pointless “what’s.” The worst way to live your life is wasting time doing things that will leave you unfulfilled and depleted because they serve no purpose to your existence.
Everyone has been born for a reason, to carry out a reason. Purpose. God fashioned you with the intention of carrying out His divine plan for a specific time period. Your birth is intentional in many ways. God speaks to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5 saying, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.” This scripture informs us that before Jeremiah was a person he was a purpose. However, at this point of discourse, Jeremiah is only made aware of the “what” factor. What? God called him to be a prophet. He now has a position to put on his resume. Yet, he doesn’t know why God has called him for this task during this particular time period. Verse 10 is when God tacks on the why. “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” From a young age, God chose Jeremiah as the voice to sweep through various lands to confront a people who had rejected God for false gods. This was his why.
Just like Jeremiah, you, too, have a why. Your existence on earth is not random. Some days it can feel as if you have no reason for existing beyond just doing the normal rituals of the day. However, it is imperative that you view your life through a godly lens; consecrate the view of God concerning you. He has divinely orchestrated your birth for the time period that you’re birthed to carry out a divine plan.
God didn’t create you to just be a list of random “what’s”, but rather your existence is a purposeful one. And it’s your purpose that satisfies you. Have you ever done many things, but felt no fulfillment from them? Worked a job that left you frustrated or bored at the end of the day? Then you stepped foot into a passion, something you were called to do? Totally different feeling. You know what? way to identify purpose is to follow passion.
Every passion isn’t “worldly”, as some might suggest. In fact, there’s some passions given to you by God to serve as a marker for your purpose. Your passion toward solving mysteries could be leading toward a life of being a detective. Your knack for leading and decision making could be a signal to go into government. Your patience to show people ways and formulas for their growth could be a signal be a teacher. So many different passions lead up the road of purpose. It is your obligation and sole responsibility to find that out. Why are you here?
Moses was called to speak truth to power and deliver a whole nation. Jeremiah was fashioned before birth to be a prophet and turn hearts back to God. Joseph was framed to be a governor that would manage the food supply of Egypt so that when famine came, his family as well as others would not go hungry. Nervous Gideon was called to lead an army. Overlooked by his dad, David was called to lead a nation. I wonder what your reason for being is.
There’s a reason for your birth. The longer you wait at finding out why you’re here is the longer you live unfulfilled. Furthermore, you must remember that someone else’s becoming is connected to your purpose. As Christians, we understand that our lives are interwoven together by the strings of eternity. God uses one person’s hands to pull someone else out of a pit and push them into purpose. If you don’t know why you’re here, ask God to reveal it. Take inventory of your passions. Ask God to show you which one is your road to purpose. Maybe it’s all of them, but set for different seasons. At any rate, you must passionately pursue purpose.
Passionately pursue purpose!