Discover Your Purpose

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Do you want to discover your purpose? It first starts with a relationship with God. Once you know Him, it makes it much easier to know your purpose. Click here if you want to start a relationship with Him.


As you grow as a Christian, you can begin to discover your specific purpose by looking at five areas of your life. They are:

  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Heart’s Desires
  • Abilities
  • Personality
  • Experiences

These things make up your “SHAPE,” or what God has uniquely gifted you for.

Ask yourself the following questions:

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: What are the spiritual gifts God has given me?

God has given every believer spiritual gifts to use to serve others. Here’s how to find out what your gifts are:


*Know the gifts.
The primary ones are: Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Encouragement/Exhortation, Giving, Leadership, and Mercy.

These Bible passages talk about spiritual gifts: Romans 12:5-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:11-13, and 1 Peter 4:10-11.


*Take a spiritual gift assessment.
If you do a search online, you’ll find all kinds of assessments for spiritual gifts. Here’s a good one we’ve found: http://www.reachingyouth.org/f/Spiritual_Gifts_Inventory_Revised.pdf


*Serve in the church and find out which gifts best describe you.
What things do you love to do to help out at church? What things are you good at?


*Ask others – leaders in ministry, friends, and family – what gifts they have seen in you.

Sometimes others can more clearly see our gifts than we can.


HEART’S DESIRES: What am I passionate about?


If you had unlimited resources and time, how would you make a difference in the world?


What are your hobbies? Could you use them to make a difference in people’s lives?


ABILITIES: What are the natural talents I have?

These are talents God gave you at birth. If you have a hard time answering this, think about what others have said you do well.

PERSONALITY: How would I describe my personality?

Do you like having fun? To be in control? To be at peace? To strive for perfection?

There are all kinds of personality classifications and inventories. One of the most popular personality inventories refers to four different personality categories: Popular Sanguine, Powerful Choleric, Peaceful Phlegmatic, and Perfect Melancholy.

Here’s a great website with all kinds of information about personality types, including various tests you can take:

http://ylcf.org/you/personality/. You can also order Personality Plus from our resources page.


EXPERIENCES: What experiences has God allowed in my life that have shaped who I am today?

God allows good experiences, as well as hard experiences, to shape who we are. Write down your life experiences that God could use to help others.


Conclusion
Sometimes we want to compare ourselves with others because we want to be like they are, but God made us the way we are for a reason. Each of us has a unique purpose which is shaped by our personality, abilities, spiritual gifts, passions, and experiences. Discovering your purpose is a process. It doesn’t usually happen instantly. The more mature you grow and the older you get, the more clear your purpose will become. In the meantime, discover what you can now and live your life making God famous!


For more information on your purpose, order Renee Swope’s
Shaped with Purpose CD and Workbook. Come back Thursday…we’ll be giving away a copy of this resource to one of you!

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving us these websites to look at! Most people are like: you should already know your spiritual gifts! But you give us a source to find ours out! Thanks! :)

Anonymous Kristen said...

You're welcome. Glad we can help! :) And what I like about the spiritual gifts inventory is that it explains what each of the gifts are, so hopefully that's helpful too.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah, it is! :) thanks again! :DD

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