A question almost all of us will ask at some point in our life is “What is my purpose in this life?” Or perhaps it will be, “What is my talent in life?” Some people seem to have a sense of purpose from an early age, while others go through life struggling to find their identity, purpose, or talents.
If you are one of those people who are struggling to find your purpose or talent, then take heart: God does indeed have a plan for your life. And not only does God have a plan for you, God also equipped you with unique talents to execute those plans.
Do I Have a Purpose in Life?
God’s word clearly teaches that He has a plan and purpose for every single soul He creates. God wasn’t asleep at the wheel when you were created. God had a specific plan for your life.
The Bible says that God sees us and knows us before we are even born, and He knows the number of our days:
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
God’s word says that He is the one who forms us in the womb. God has a plan and purpose for us:
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee…
The scriptures also declare that God has a plan and purpose for His creation, and that plan is to prosper us:
For I know the plans that I have for you, saith the LORD, plans of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Even though we may go through difficult times, God’s word promises us that all things will eventually work together for our good and His glory:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The scriptures above clearly teach us that God is a sovereign God. He is concerned with the details of His creation. Jesus even said that God is concerned with a common bird. If God concerns himself with a bird, don’t you think you are of much more value?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Does God Give Us Talents?
God not only created you with a purpose, but He also created you with a talent and gifts to fulfill that purpose. To suggest that you don’t have a talent is to call God a liar. God’s word clearly teaches that He gives us all talent, wisdom, and skills. Some people have talent in artistry, some in computer programming, others in writing, still others in singing. Some people have great talent in business, or management, or carpentry.
If you don’t know your talent, it isn’t because God hasn’t given you one. You have one, you just don’t know what it is, or how to apply it so that you can find fulfillment from it.
The Bible clearly shows us that God gives us these talents and skills.
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
God’s word shows us that He gave Bezaleel the power to make workmanship/crafts:
See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Not only does God give us general skills and gifts that we can use in the course of our careers (especially if we have secular jobs), but God also gives us specific spiritual gifts that we are to put to use within the Body of Christ:
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
1 Timothy 4:14
How Can I Find My Purpose or Talents in Life?
The absolute first step to finding your talent in life is this: You absolutely must bow the knee to King Jesus. Have you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life? Have you died to self so that God can live through you?
Consider a talent scout who stumbles upon a young, talented baseball player. The player has some talent, but he is rough around the edges. The talent scout knows that he has natural talent, but the player doesn’t know how to hone his skills. In order for the baseball player to discover how good he really is, he must submit to the talent scout’s advice and coaching. By submitting to his leadership, the talent scout can begin to mold and hone the baseball player into a pro.
God can only do as much as you’ll let Him do. We are all rebellious towards God. The Bible teaches,
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…
Jesus clearly teaches that the first step in finding purpose, meaning, or even wealth in life is seeking the Kingdom of God:
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Totally surrendering to Christ is absolutely critical to finding your purpose and talent as a Christian. Are you being disobedient? Are you living in sin? If so, this may be the very thing keeping you back. Are you tithing? Are you attending church weekly? Are you praying daily and reading the Bible regularly?
A great preacher once said, “Give me two books and I’ll tell you about your relationship with God: Your checkbook and your calendar book. Because where you spend your time and money says a lot about how much you value God.”
When you submit to God and make Him your very first priority in life, you’ll find that amazing things will begin to happen. Suddenly you’ll meet people who will have connections. Someone may notice a talent and make a job offer. Others may simply come up to you at random and compliment you on some skill, which will help you find your niche in life.
In fact, many people have found their calling in life through their own church. People have gone on to create successful businesses, or even enter the ministry thanks to the help of people within the body of Christ. God works through His people to help His people.
Adrian Rogers, the late preacher, once told a story about how he came to know he was called to preach during church. He was asked to speak to a youth group in his own church. He said he was terribly nervous, but he got up and gave a short talk/sermon. People came up and complimented him after it was over, and said, “I was really blessed by that, you ought to do that more.”
Eventually, he went on to become a great preacher with one of the largest ministries in the United States. He credits God using this church experience to show him that God had called Him to preach.
If you’re struggling to find your purpose, or if you feel as if you have no talent or purpose, then this is your immediate job:
- First, acknowledge and take God’s word as true, and realize that God doesn’t make junk. God made you with meaning and purpose. If necessary, meditate on the scriptures above to help you.
- You must seek the Kingdom of God first, then God will bless you. In other words, make sure you are saved, and that you are being totally obedient to God in all areas of your life. This includes your relationships, your finances, your health, your church attendance, etc. God doesn’t work well with rebels.
- You must wait patiently on God to reveal what He has planned for you. God will do it in His own timing.
Waiting on God’s Holy Timing
When you follow the above three points, God will know that you are ready for Him to use, and He will reveal your talent or purpose to you in His timing. Some people get a little impatient, but you must wait on God to work out His will for your life.
The scriptures command us to be patient:
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Conclusion: God Has a Purpose For You; God Gave You Talents
God has a purpose and plan for your life, and if you submit to Him, He will work through you to accomplish His will. Just as God worked through Moses, Joseph, the Apostles, and many other Bible greats, so will He work through you if you let Him.
God has given you talents and the ability to use those talents to glorify Him. You must obey Him. We are like wild stallions, who want to rebel and follow our own sinful ways. God knows what’s best for us. God will have difficulty working through you if you are disobedient to Him, but if you are obedient, there is no limit to how much God can use you.
I’ll end with this thought. The great evangelist of D.L. Moody once heard a preacher say to Him, “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to Himself.” These words stuck in Moody’s mind, and he said to himself, “God willing, I will be that man.”
By submitting to God, Moody became one of the greatest and most well-known evangelists of his time, despite the fact that he was an uneducated man.
Are you willing to let God use you? Do you want to find your purpose or talent? God can do great things through you if you let Him.