So, Jesus wants us to live our lives to the full – in the most abundant, enjoyable, overflowing, real, eternal, better, rich, satisfying and joyful way imaginable. What does that look like exactly? How do you live your life to the full? Does that mean you have to take up an extreme sport? (Short answer: no, but if that’s your thing, go for it).
We believe the process of living your life to the full begins when you start following the call of God on your life. If you pursue your God-ordained purpose, and start doing what he created you to do, we know you will find joy, satisfaction and fulfilment.
Many people struggle with knowing what their purpose in life is, but knowing that call may not be as difficult as it sounds.
Rick Warren, in his book The Purpose Driven Life, puts it this way: “Anytime you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling.” He also explains in detail that if you are passionate about something, are good at it, and you can use it to glorify God, it is most likely your God-given purpose.
What is that for you? For some that may be music, art or sport. For others it could be teaching, gardening or cooking. The list of possibilities is endless: speaking, cleaning, shopping, writing, budgeting, paperwork… What is it you love to do, that you know you excel at? And can it be used to glorify God and help others? It is most likely what you were born to do.
Others may have felt or heard a personal call from God. Has God ever spoken to you? God spoke to both of us about our callings with the same scripture. Amazingly, this was at separate times, one of which was before we even knew each other. We both believe this passage is directly related to our calling:
My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
These lines (particularly “I will sing and make music” and “I will praise you, Lord, among the nations”) have become life verses for us, ones that we have journeyed with and pursued.
Do you have a life verse?
Chances are, if you have a verse or section of scripture that resonates with you, it is connected to your purpose in life.
Another life scripture for us is Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
This is a great couple of verses for those uncertain about what they feel God wants them to do with their life: If you acknowledge him, he will direct your paths. It's a great start. Then, follow the paths he has created for you, knowing he will guide you along the way. It will be a great adventure, and you will have truly begun living your life to the full.