Purpose. Calling. Destiny.

– Part One –

*From a mini eBook by Addison Bevere*

Your Purpose and God’s Plan

These are some of the most intimidating words in the entire dictionary. And there are some big words out there. Like floccinaucinihilipilification—try reading that in front of your English class. Talk about scary.

As a teenager I used to cringe when adults would use “the big three”: purpose, calling, and destiny. Often people would ask me, “Young man, what is your calling?” I would usually think, I am only seventeen years old. I don’t even know how to live on my own yet. How in the world am I supposed to know what my calling is?

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Of course a response like this was never an option; what kind of seventeen-year-old with a “real destiny” would ever utter such a thing? When faced with these daunting traps of syntax, I would typically slither my way out by responding, “Whatever God has for me.” At the time I believed this was a copout. But now, thirteen years later, I can see that my answer was actually pretty right on. (Yes! Score one for the seventeen-year-olds!)

The truth is only God knows the full story of our lives; so trust, mystery, and faith will always be our companions on the quest to purpose—and God likes it that way. If we knew the magnitude and the significance of His plans for our lives, we would mess them up in our futile efforts to actualize His divine will (which, let’s be honest, is far above our finite levels of comprehension). So trust is a must in this journey with God.

You might be thinking, I know I should trust God, but what does that look like in regards to my calling? That’s a great question! And here is where I go to the ultimate manual of purpose, the eternal Word of God—a very trustworthy source—where we find three important truths:

The Verses:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for

disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” –Jeremiah 29:11
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they

stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. –Psalm 37:23-24

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. –Psalm 139:16

 

The Three Truths:
– God has an amazing plan for your life.

– God sees the full scope of your life (knows every detail of it).

– God will always be there for you, helping you every step of the way.

Your belief in these three truths is paramount in your discovery of purpose. Why? Because these truths are the framework for everything God will do in and through you. However, if the enemy of your soul can cause you to doubt these things, then he can attack the validity and necessity of your existence. (And if you don’t believe you are worthy of a purpose, then you will never discover what yours is.)

The knowledge and application of these core truths will give you the strength to trust in God. And as you trust Him, He will begin to reveal the wonders and mysteries of your calling. Why? Because trust is the evidence of faith, and everything is received from God through faith.

Which of these three truths is the hardest for you to believe? Why?

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5 Comments

  1. I like the statement you made about “And if you don’t believe you are worthy of a purpose, then you will never discover what yours is.” Knowing that there is a purpose is different from believing that God has a purpose for you. I am being ensured that God’s promises over our lives are true. The mystery of the waiting is part of the journey.

  2. I love that you have hightlighted ‘mystery’ in the search for purpose,calling and destiny. I know for myself it’s an element I have forgotten about, which actually answers and settles questions that arises. I don’t need to know because God knows, I don’t need to concern myself with the mystery of tomorrow because God has plans to bless and prosper me in today. It gets hard sometimes, especially when I feel like I’m not going anywhere but I remind myself of scriptures like, ‘I would have despaired unless I had seen the goodness of the lord in the land of the living’ Psalm 27:13
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Addison Bevere

      So good. The truth is life gets boring without a bit of mystery. It’s easy for us to believe that if we just had more control, things would be simpler and better. But the peace and confidence we all seek doesn’t come from having all the answers. It comes from being in tune with the One who has all the answers.

  3. Tanuru Osah

    Great post and may God bless you guys. We need to know and believe that He loves us. That has to be established firmly in our hearts so that when we are on that road to the destiny that He has envisioned for us…we can face the trials with confidence that He loves us and therefore we overcome through Jesus. I believe that the Lord has called me into the ministry and since that revelation I’ve gone through so much testing; to see if my motives are pure, to remove selfish ambitions, to face goliath’s instead of trying to avoid them. Yet in all those situations He has been faithful even when I haven’t been. There is no purpose or goal outside of Jesus Himself. So when He calls us and separates us to Himself, He purifies our hearts so that whatever destiny He has for us, our motive is to please Him and not be in it for ourselves.

  4. You guys have had a great initiative and you are doing a beautiful job here! This is very interesting, and I believe that we as Christians need to understand that things have a different meaning for God than what we give to them. For example, many young people believe that God’s amazing plan for their lives is to have everything they want, travel around the world or never have to face big difficulties . Yes, we need to understand that God’s plans for us are good and greater than we imagine so everything will awalys contribute to their fulfillment, even an illness, bankruptcy, or the death of a personal dream. So, considering this what would be amazing in life? How should we define it? This is the question that needs to be answered, we really need to learn to see life with Jesus’s eyes and understand that simple things as everyday chores, or even a sickness or a lost dream can be something amazing for our calling, and not just dreaming about the things that we decided to name it as nice. I believe that we must go deeper and question what we do not have the courage to admit to ourselves and so discover the deep answers in God, even those uncomfortable ones that we do not want to hear at all. we need to leave our comfort zone to go more and more deep in God because it is no use discovering our true call if we do not want to follow it just because it’s a difficult or uncomfortable one.

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