I often hear Christian authors mention how God is working out his purpose on earth. They seem never to specifically spell out just what his purpose is. Some will advise you, through prayer and study, to determine his purpose for yourself. They might say to examine what brings you joy, where your passions lie or to even take a test to find your strengths. I’ve taken one of those tests and it didn’t help much.
What exactly is God’s purpose for us? Is it different for each of us? It’s true we have unique personalities, talents and strengths, and God expects us to use them for good. In my life, I’ve felt God has led me, rather than leave me to figure it out through taking a strengths test or through any other effort or searching on my own.
What I have noticed is God’s purposes for us have nothing to do with what we do in life. It’s much bigger than that. “Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension are proof of the total and unwavering devotion of the Father to his loving purpose of including humanity in the joy and fellowship of the life of the Trinity” (The God Revealed in Jesus Christ: An Introduction to Trinitarian Theology, Grace Communion International).
He is, and will continue, including us in his life. As we cooperate with the Holy Spirit and let him fill us with himself, he does his transforming work in our hearts, making us more like his son (Ezekiel 36:26, NIV). His purpose is us!