2. Purpose is not Passive
To move towards your purpose involves exactly that : movement.
You have to take action.
Just because God had a purpose for your life, and has told you, doesn’t mean He’s going to do everything to make it just land in your lap. He expects you to take faith-filled action steps towards it whether its signing up for singing lessons, taking a course on entrepreneurship, or further refining your ideas and outline for the novel you want to write.
In other words, you have to move towards it.
You need to do the practice and the work necessary to start fulfilling Gods purpose for your life.
Some people receive a prophesy or vision which lets them know what God wants them to do. Then they sit and wait for it to happen.
Others make the opposite mistake. They receive a prophesy or vision and then rush out and try to fulfil it. If you’ve just received that vision from God, ask Him if the timing is now. If not, make preparation towards fulfilling it without making any drastic changes in your life or work.
But don’t sit around – actively seek God with regard to His purpose for your life and what you should be doing in the season you’re in.
The bible says in Gal 6:4 (Message version) “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you’ve been given and then sink yourself into it”. It’s not indulgent to make an effort to find out who you are and what you are called to. It’s responsible. It’s good stewardship of the life you’ve been given.
I love that verse. There’s nothing passive about it. You’ll notice also with Paul the Apostle that there is nothing passive about how he responds to God’s call on his life. He says, “I PRESS forward to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14) “I PRESS ON to TAKE HOLD of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me ” (Phil 3:12). Those are active, wholehearted, passion-filled words. And they involve effort – sometimes strenuous effort.
So purpose involves propelling yourself forward and it involves action.
The action may simply for now be to prepare for your purpose; God may not have opened a specific door for your purpose yet, but prepare anyway. Prepare by honing your gifts. Prepare by allowing God to use you wherever you are. Prepare by doing wholeheartedly whatever your hand finds to do, whatever He has put into your hands.
God desires for us to prepare by developing the talents He has given us. And He desires to prepare us by working on our character to ready us for His purpose for us our part of His story.
Meditate : Phil 1:6, Phil 3:12-14 Think today about what action God might want you to take. Bring it before Him in prayer. If you sense an action that is being stirred in your heart for you to take, then move towards it, while continuing to pray. Allow Him to speak to you with peace or by steering you in another direction.