Fact: The majority of people will not discover their purpose before they die. This widespread human condition sadly persists because many fail to place due value on the need to discover and live a life of purpose.
For those that do discover purpose, the second part of the assignment commences; walking in that purpose so as to fulfill destiny and this is anchored in one word – Focus. As iterated in previous posts, your predetermined destiny is the final destination of a life of purpose. Walking and living outside of purpose will hinder one from fulfilling their destiny. For example, the destiny Jesus had was a name above every other name and a position at the right hand of the Father far above principalities and power. To fulfill that destiny, He had to live a purposeful life. He had to carry out His assignment and complete the work. The only way to the crown was the cross and He was fixed on going to the cross though it was torture.
Once a person discovers purpose, everything one does must align with this purpose. We must do away with distractions – attractions that take our attention off our purpose. There are lots of good things that are not right things just because they are irrelevant to your purpose. Purpose becomes the focal point of one’s existence. Anything that works in the favor of your purpose is welcome. Anyone that works in favor of your purpose is a friend. And the opposite remains true. Anything or anyone that works against your purpose is unwelcome and an enemy.
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised he third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to me, for you are not mindful of the things of God but the things of men.” – Matthew 16:21-23 (NKJV)
Jesus called Peter who loved Him dearly and was unwilling to entertain the idea of His death Satan. Anything that resists your purpose and destiny is not from God. It could be from man based on emotions or a lack of understanding or directly from Satan. Peter was genuinely concerned about Jesus and did not want Him to die yet Jesus called Him Satan because his actions opposed His purpose. His purpose could only be fulfilled at Calvary and whatever hindered that was not of God.
God is mindful about purpose and not much else whereas we are concerned about many earthly things. Jesus said to Peter in essence that My suffering, death and resurrection are God’s interest but you are interested in my ‘well being’. I didn’t know love and concern were satanic but when it hinders purpose, it is indeed. If your mother loves you so much that she is reluctant to allow you leave home to attend university, she has become an enemy of your progress by her love. Someone with genuine love and sincere motives could be an obstacle to your destiny. We need discernment.
Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. – Matthew 26:48-50 (NKJV)
Ironically, Judas the betrayer He considered a friend for betraying Him. His betrayal, you see was getting Jesus closer to destiny and purpose. Inasmuch as Judas was executing an evil agenda, he was helping Jesus fulfill his purpose. Again, we need discernment to know what is really helping us and what isn’t.
After discovering purpose, one needs do just one thing – FOCUS and STAY WITH IT. Jesus and Paul are examples of men who were so singular in their purpose that everything they did was in line with this purpose.
I couldn’t point to one thing Jesus did that was outside of His purpose. Jesus was consumed with His assignment and everything He did was to achieve this purpose. When a group of people tried to constrain Him to a certain town, He said, “I MUST preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” In John 4:34, He said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” In other words, Jesus could literally go without food for days as long as he was working His purpose. Indeed He finished the work and on the cross, He said, “It is finished.”
Paul also gave himself wholly to his purpose. He called it a high calling. Paul was faced with several colossal obstacles on the journey yet he was not deterred an inch. In the city of Lystra, he was stoned to the point of death, yet he stood up from there and headed to another city to continue preaching. Nothing was going to deter him save death. In lashes, perils, stoning, shipwrecks, perils of water, perils of robbers, in weariness and in toil, in sleeplessness and in lack, in hunger and in thirst, in cold and nakedness, Paul remained steadfast about his purpose. The fervency of his commitment to purpose can be seen in his statement; “woe is I if I preach not the gospel.” At the tail end of his ministry he could also say with boldness, “I have finished my course.”
For those who have not discovered purpose, the focus of their lives should be to discover it. There is no point living and not knowing why. For those who have discovered purpose, the focus of life should be walking in it and fulfilling destiny. Nothing else really matters if you fail in your primary assignment. We need the focus of a laser and singleness of mind. Whatever, your purpose might be, the only way to fulfill it is to keep your eyes, both eyes, on the ball. No man who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom. Shalom.