What is a GodStrong Life Purpose?
Updated: May 10
“What is the purpose of my life?”
This is a question many young people are asking themselves now even before they graduate high school. Their ability to provide a consistent answer to this question within their own hearts on their good and bad days will determine the course of the rest of their lives.
According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” A believer in Jesus has the joyful calling of showing others how glorious God is and enjoying a life of close, obedient fellowship with Him. This knowledge of God is our source of strength and power. Possessing this knowledge is what it means to be “GodStrong” [Daniel 11:32b].
Young people who first know their God are then equipped to explore specific avenues of service as they form families, pursue careers, set and achieve goals, and function within the family of God. Through it all, the foundational knowledge of God ensures that a GodStrong Life Purpose remains an energizing bundle of Realism, Transcendence, Mystery, Resilience, and Empowerment.
A GodStrong Life Purpose is Realistic
God doesn’t invite us to draft our own monumental plans and then submit them for His signature. He has already hinted at His purposes for us in the talents He gave us and even in the weakness He allows us to feel. A GodStrong Life Purpose realistically assesses our design and God’s providential leading in our lives.
II Corinthians 12:7-10 - And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
A GodStrong Life Purpose is Transcendent
Although we equally serve the Lord on workdays as on Sundays, our plans should not be focused on only benefits to be enjoyed in this life. A GodStrong Life Purpose proposes to use earthly tools for heavenly things. While doing daily business in the world, it resists distraction and corruption while performing eternal exploit, trusting that even the trials here will be used by God for His glory.
Daniel 11:32 - And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Isaiah 62:6-7 - I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
A GodStrong Life Purpose is Mysterious
We only feed our own ego when we try to identify “one thing” God is ultimately trying to do with our lives. A life of faith follows directional indicators — upward and forward — but it does not always see a destination.
Acts 9:6 And he [Paul] trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia.
II Corinthians 3:5 - Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
A GodStrong Life Purpose is Resilient
We will never reach a point of achievement, change, or failure that results in a forfeiture of purpose. Called and equipped for service to God, we redirect, we renew, and we bounce.
Proverbs 24:16—For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
2 Corinthians 4:8—12 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
A GodStrong Life Purpose is Empowered
A GodStrong Life Purpose can be both "realistic" and "empowered." As we follow God's will, we are sure to find ourselves in situations we would have thought it best to avoid and for which we do not feel equipped. But God leads us this way so He can be seen as the true source of power in our lives! Just as Gideon’s 300 became a match for the armies of Midian, and just as Joseph stood strong amidst all the trials of his life, we can expect to find ourselves empowered for each new challenge.
Genesis 49:23-24 – “The archers have sorely grieved him [Joseph], and shot at him, and hated him; but his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the Shepherd, the stone of Israel).”
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