The Journey of Fulfilling
Your Unique Purpose
This post is written in more of an outline/bullet style. I wanted to document the journy as I’m discovering it . . .
We are born into this world at a certain place and time, and with a unique identity to fulfill purposes designed by our Creator, God. Those purposes can only be manifested through the union of us and God. Along with those purposes are corresponding desires that motivate us to fulfill those purposes – otherwise we would never move forward!
However, we are born separated from God, not in union. Therefore, we act from a place of our judgment and not His; a mindset represented by the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We think we can judge what is good and right for our lives, though we haven’t a clue.
In this place of separation, we don’t understand what a connection with God entails; the beauty, life, freedom and purpose because we’ve never experienced it.
Therefore, we pursue a life trying to fulfill our deepest desires based on our ill-judgment. Outside God’s wisdom, we make destructive choices. Death grows in us, because God is life and only by being connected to Him do we have life. In all our pursuits, we are left hungering and unsatisfied, because we will never achieve the fullness of our desires and purposes apart from God for it’s not how they are designed.
At a certain point, our spirits are awakened to a call to be united to God in truth and spirit. At the discovery and stepping onto the new path we are ecstatic for so many roads have been dead ends. Something within tells us this is the way to fulfilling our deepest hungers – freedom, deliverance, truth, love, purpose and abundance.
The discovery of this path is understanding God calls us to come into union with Him by being reconciled through Jesus Christ. We come to an awareness that reconciliation with Him is not only eternal life but also the only way to true life on earth. It’s exhilarating.
However, this union requires that we give God Lordship; sovereignty over our lives. This Lordship includes letting go of our judgments and thus how we’ve been operating and thinking since birth. It requires us to let go of all that we have trusted and instead trust Him, which proves to be very difficult. Those areas of trust, though wrong, were our hope for attaining our desires. We feel we are giving up our desires. We aren’t. God gave us those desires. We are giving up our way of obtaining them. John 12:25
It’s here that many stop. They can’t let go and give up their self-will. They feel they have to give up too much, when in reality it’s only by letting go that they received what they’ve always wanted. The path is narrow. There is only one way, God’s way. Matthew 7:14
Others think they can learn principles of this path, and then forge ahead. But this process doesn’t foster the unity with God that they were designed to flourish in. With their “new principles”, they remain in control continuing to work according to their own strength. They aren’t relying, trusting and growing in God’s power working in them.
Others continue to move forward following the small light (the Word) in front of them, not sure of the next step until it is made. It’s nerve racking, but they step into the unknown. Realizing God’s ways aren’t their ways. They’ve embraced the tools given to them – the Word of God and prayer. By abiding in the Word of God they learn who God is, who they are in Him, and the dynamics of their relationship. They start developing an intimate connection.
From the knowledge gained in diligently seeking God, trust blossoms. They begin to trust in God’s Word and work in their lives and not what they think is right. The transition is occurring from walking according to their will to God’s spirit. They are letting go a little at a time, and finding it is the secret to moving forward on the path of life. Matthew 6:33, Psalm 37:3-5
Their path takes them through a wilderness, where they are stripped of all that they trust so that their trust can only be fully in God. This stripping comes by trials where the objects of their trust are removed or challenged. Only when they put those idols of trust aside, can they be united to God; a union in which He is the sovereign voice. This journey in the wilderness can be long and hard because it’s difficult to break the trust in other entities. 1 Peter 5:10 1 Peter 1:6-7 Philippians 4:19
In the wilderness, many, whose relationship is weak due to lack of truly knowing God thus in trusting Him, turn back to their old ways. The hardships and trials cause them to go back to what they trusted before.
For those who persist through the wilderness, when their spirit comes to a place of true surrender, then they are ready for the fullness of their purpose, desires and life to come. Their heart is in the right condition to receive what God has for them and to become who God intended them to be. It’s no longer about their works, but God working in and through them in a much greater power. A relationship is established between them and God, which none can separate. They are rightly related to God. God is first in their lives. His will prevails. His power flows freely. They enter into abundant life, as God has ordained for each one according to how they are created and the purposes they were created for. The fulfillment of their deepest desires start to bloom in and all around them.
Psalm 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Is it a road to Utopia? Not in the sense we might think. At times it doesn’t feel like it, especially through the wilderness, but yes it is. Only God can truly fulfill us, for He created us.
August 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Loved reading this.
I see myself in so many different stages of your descriptions here. Sometimes I know I have thought/acted as though I can just learn the “principles” and then continue living with those. I have definitely been learning the hard way that trying to follow the rules and please God in my own strength is impossible…and wouldn’t please God anyway because He wants me to rely on Him.
There are so many things to think about in this post. I feel blessed and excited that I believe I have been hearing God’s call and have been moved away from many things I used to rely on and am beginning to hear more out of the Word than I have before. Temptations to rely on other things or listen more to lies than the truth have been more or less intense all along the way, but I know God is here with me, and I am glad He’s put people in my path, like you, to challenge me to keep seeking diligently and with faith.
August 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm
Hi Ruth – I can feel the excitement you have for the place that you are in. We are always growing and learning – but there comes a point where God’s presence and work in our lives is undeniable and it is incredibly encouraging as we trek along our journey deeper and deeper into His Kingdom. I love hearing about your journey – so I can share in it with you. I cherish our little conversations. 🙂
August 11, 2010 at 11:49 am
Thank you for your post. This journey you are speaking of is life long and I find often, having known Christ for many years now, that even the dead ends I see have sevret openings into a greater purpose. Giving my heart and obedience to Christ is far greater gain than anything else I have know in life
August 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm
Jelillie, how true your point – for those who love God, all things work together for good – nothing that happens in our life is in vain. He even works our past, when we lived in ignorance to His grace, for His purposes and plans in us.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
And yes it is truly a greater gain than I ever imagined. Thanks so much for your comment!!
August 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm
my purpose is to rattle the judgmental and self righteous crowd, mostly preachers!
August 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm
Hi John – your doing a good job!
August 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm
Great blog! very true and encouraging!
At one time I also tried to live out principles in my own strength and my life was miserable and always failing. God has taught me that Surrender is the only answer and through surrendering to Him and letting Him be Lord to me that I would find every thing my heart desires and I have and I am continuing to find more because life isn’t in the principles but in the God that gives us the principles to live by.
August 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Hi Carol – well stated! It’s true living by just the principles is overwhelming and feels like you are carrying sand bags on your shoulders. It isn’t what Christ intended or came to do in our lives. Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. How often we don’t let Him be Lord. We feel we have to do all the work. It is He who works in us. It is His power in us. Not us. There is tremendous freedom in truly learning and living this truth. Thanks for your comment!
August 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm
Truly and insightful post, Rachel! You have stated the TRUTH so well.
Reading the part where you said, “this union requires that we give God Lordship; sovereignty over our lives. This Lordship includes letting go of our judgments and thus how we’ve been operating and thinking since birth. It requires us to let go of all that we have trusted and instead trust Him, which proves to be very difficult….
It’s here that many stop. They can’t let go and give up their self-will….”
….I sense the “entanglements” that we get hung up on. Was recently reading a John Bevere book on Eternity where he mentioned this idea saying that “security, money, and relationships” are so hard surrender…for people are “entangled” in them and often don’t realize it.
We need the Holy Spirit here as we cry out “Teach me, Lord, what I don’t see. If I have done wrong, I will do it no more.” Job 34:32 That prayer from my heart has released me many, many times when I was “blind” to my own “entanglements”….and we must all be ever ready to pray that…through all seasons of life. We may be free of one thing in one season of life…and “entangled” in it in another…or v.s.
Only by humbling ourselves day by day…ALL the days of our lives are we enabled to walk in His freedom!
KEEP WRITING, my friend! It is SO refreshing!!!
August 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Hi Sandy — was this this post you made? It just came up anonymous — glad I read it – you share some wonderful insights. 🙂
August 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Love this one, Rachel. It is truly filled with clear insight! I wrote a long, heart felt response…and then LOST IT in cyber-world. Just know “by the spirit” that I am “with you”, Girl! And am so grateful the Lord has raised you up to be a mouthpiece of His Truth! It is SO refreshing!
August 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Hi Sandy – don’t you hate when that happens! Thanks for your words of encouragement.