Our 6 Outcomes: Purpose
I don’t think I’ve ever started a conversation – either with someone I know or a stranger – with asking what their purpose in life is. Have you? And yet, I think this is the one thing most people want to discover in their life. Everyone wants to feel like they are achieving and living out what they were put on this earth to do. A study in 2015 found that there was a “lower risk of death for participants with a high sense of purpose in life.” This is why at Everyday Champions, we believe a key growth indicator is when we are able to see that people are beginning to understand their purpose.
From the beginning, we must realise that a job, career, title or life choice is NOT purpose. That might be vehicle or the method to which you live it out, but it is not purpose in itself. Otherwise when we lose a job or move into a different season of our lives, then purpose is lost or thrown away. I just can’t believe that is what Jesus came to give us. Purpose is far deeper than merely the things we do. Things such as jobs and careers are just how we outwork purpose. Uncovering and discovering purpose is rarely a one off, lightbulb moment. Instead it is often a succession of revelatory moments, hand in hand with the Holy Spirit who loves to reveal it to us.
1 Peter 2:9-10 says,
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We ARE God’s chosen people, and declaring, sharing and displaying what God has done isn’t simply our response to God’s goodness to us it’s our responsibility. It’s what we are designed to do – our PURPOSE. This means we can live out purpose being a full time mother/father or a Company Director. We can fulfil purpose by encouraging the lonely person at the supermarket, or while saving lives in hospital. Employed, retired, unemployed, looking for work – it doesn’t matter. You are never short of purpose in God’s Kingdom! Our purpose is to display Him so that others find Him.
This is a key growth indicator because when our coaching conversations help people discover this, it becomes life giving. It becomes releasing and freeing. Suddenly, purpose isn’t about something that is obscure and constantly out of reach, but about knowing our identity as God’s special possession and our responsibility to be adverts for what He has done in us. Discipleship and helping others IS our purpose. Jesus clearly instructs and commands us in Matthew 28, “Therefore go and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations.” This wasn’t just a suggestion from Jesus, but an instruction in why we are alive.
The incredible thing is, your purpose isn’t just about you. You are valuable and you are special just by yourself. But together, we are a force to be reckoned with! Your individual value multiples when you become part of the force of the Kingdom of God. So get stuck in and help others get stuck in too!