Craig's Corner: Purpose

Craig’s Corner: Purpose

Purpose is something we can spend our whole life searching for. You may feel lost or feel the position you are in is one that can’t do anything for the kingdom, but I’d encourage you to take a look at the following scriptures for encouragement. God created you for a reason. You are meant to be here.

Colossians 1:16

The first one is Colossians 1:16, which says, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” As a whole, it is a huge statement for us. We are created by God, for God. If God created us for Him, then doesn’t that mean we all have a purpose? How awesome! Each of us is here for a reason. God doesn’t make mistakes. You and I are here to play an integral role in God’s plan. A problem comes in when we can’t sense our purpose though. Or worse, what happens when we think we found a situation where we can live out our purpose and it falls through? From experience, I know the frustration this can cause. This is where the second passage comes in.

Jeremiah 29

In Jeremiah 29, Jeremiah writes a letter to the surviving elders who have been taken from their home in Jerusalem into exile to Babylon. God took them away from their promised land because they continued to turn against Him. They had found where they belonged, but were now taken away. Here’s what God told them, through Jeremiah: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

God didn’t say, “Hey, you all aren’t where you belong now, so just wait it out.” He didn’t say, “You aren’t where you’re meant to be, it’s time to give up.” No, he told them to keep living. What he says here sounds an awful lot like activities and practices they would have been doing in Jerusalem. So what does that mean for you if you feel like you are stuck, not able to be where you feel like you are meant to be in life?

What’s next?

Read further in the chapter. In verse 11, it says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Even though you are in a tough season, God knows you are there and wants to walk with you. He has a plan for you and has a purpose for you. The feeling of not belonging or not accomplishing enough can feel endless and hopeless, but God had a plan to redeem the Israelites, even after they had disobeyed him over and over again. The comfort we can find in these passages is that a tough season isn’t a time to give up or feel defeated. It’s just that, a season. We still have a place in God’s plan because just like it says in Colossians, we have been created by God for God.