Summary: What is your purpose on this earth? Why are you really here? I believe like me, that is the question most of us have asked ourselves at one time or the other.
Well, beloved brethren, I am here to tell you that we are on this earth to serve the Lord God, His church and the world at large.
God created man in His image and for fellowship as we see in the book of Genesis 2 through 4 until the enemy came in and destroyed that beautiful fellowship God had with our first parents. He created us for Himself to have an intimate relationship with us through praise, worship, communication, etc. But thanks be to God for a second chance at fellowship with the Father, He sent His only Son, our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ to restore that broken fellowship through His precious blood that was shed for our sakes.
And now, we, believers through the selfless sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, now have a primary ( higher) calling and that is, to serve God using the talents, spiritual gifts, strengths, etc, He has deposited in us for the propagation of His Kingdom. Sisters, aside from our secondary calling as wives and mothers, we are called to minister (serve) to God and others in various ways to fulfill the great commission Mark 16:15-20.
God had called us to be His servants on earth, and it is not until we have been ordained by man's authority before we know we are called; for the moment we make the decision to follow Christ, we are instantly drawn to ministry. At first, we may not know what our department or role is in the body of Christ, but throughout our journey, it will be revealed to us. However, it's quite unfortunate that many have died without realizing what their actual calling was.
There are so many believers today that are not doing what God has called them to do. Although, they are still serving in their various local assemblies or para-churches, etc, they are not doing what He has purposed for them to do. For example, you have individuals who are called to serve as teachers of the word, but instead are busy pastoring churches. There is nothing wrong with being available to serve in other areas of ministry in which you have skills or talents, should the need arise, but do it bearing in mind that this is not your God-given ministry and so therefore not lose focus. So many including myself, have fallen into this situation and became so overwhelmed with the work or assignment especially in our local churches that we become ineffective and lose interest quickly.
We need to find out what God has explicitly called us to do and do it well, for, at the end of our race, we are going to stand before God and give an account of our lives, what we did, and how we utilized the resources and gifts He had given to us. It is important to remember that our obedience to God will be weighed on that great day and that is what we are going to give account for and not our sacrificial good works 1 Sam 15:22 " To obey is better than sacrifice." The spiritual gifts and talents that God deposited in us are aligned with the ministry He has called us to do. We were fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and so we know he carefully took His time to mold us and fill us with what will help to serve Him effectively. Psalm 139:14
I believe at the time of conception, our talents (natural gifts), i.e. music, creativity, etc. were given to us and then when we became born again. He now deposited and assigned spiritual gifts to each of us and so having said this, I encourage you to trust God for your life, your calling, trust him who fashioned you, to sustain you in the ministry He has called you to. Why? because the Lord has equipped you with everything, you will ever need to fulfill your department and purpose.
How do you know when you are already fulfilling your purpose?
I believe you know when you are operating in your ministry or calling when you go through trials or difficulties, and you remain standing. Nothing or no one can uproot you from where God has positioned you for by His strength you can complete the race set before you.
Do you ever wonder why some churches close down before they even reach their second or third anniversary? A lot of times, they are not where the Lord has called them to be. It appears everyone wants to pastor a church, but God has called them into other areas of service. So many times, I have seen servants of God starting churches which eventually crumble or remain stagnant for years, and yes, it may not necessarily be because they are not positioned in the right area of ministry but who is to say, that is not the reason. I have heard of some who know the Lord has called them to be teachers, evangelists, or missionaries in the field. They refused to obey for one reason or the other and stay where they are. Sometimes it is because of the monetary benefits they are receiving as a Pastor. However but beloved, this is sheer disobedience to God, and there are consequences as we know for knowingly disobeying God.