What is your “must” factor?
In Luke 2:49, Jesus said, “I must be about my Father’s business.” This “must” was something deep down that demanded expression. It was revealed in His behavior. Where was He? He was at the synagogue, hanging around spiritual leaders, learning the the Law, or the Word of God.
Your “must” is not obtaining that luxury item that you could actually do without. Rather, it will be something that is continually pulling on you.
- What pulls on you?
- What compels you?
- What burns on the inside of you?
- What is your passion?
I’ve discovered that when you follow your passion, you’ll discover your purpose.
- What energizes you?
- What preoccupies you?
- What keeps you awake at night?
Follow the clues.
Shelley Prevost, columnist for INC.com, said, “You know that feeling of deep satisfaction when you’re doing something you absolutely love? That’s your calling showing itself to you.”
Moses discovered his purpose when he witnessed the abuse and tragic circumstances of his people. His anger was stirred. It was emotional and intense. It moved him to action. It was in this moment he discovered himself. He found his “must.”
- What stokes the flame of a righteous anger in you?
- What easily moves you to tears?
These are clues to your purpose.
Nehemiah’s purpose, his “must,” was discovered in hearing about the walls of Jerusalem being destroyed. It painted a vivid picture in his mind that drove him to three months of fasting and prayer. This moment of emotional compromise was a catalyst that birthed a vision within him.
Allow yourself to be moved. A news report, a book, a stirring message, or even a comment spoken in haste could unlock something in you that, when cultivated, will become your clear path.
Paul’s “must” was discovered in a spiritual encounter, for Acts 9:6-10 records a moment in Paul’s life when he met the Lord in a blaze of glory and discovered who He was.
I find it interesting that even in an unsaved state, Paul, in his ignorance, was pursuing his purpose. He obviously had some knowledge of his purpose because he was a spiritual leader.
Follow the clues.
- What interests do you tend to gravitate to?
- What kind of aptitudes do you have?
- What are the things that just come natural?
- What are you gifted at?
It never hurts to inquire and explore. Try things out. Test the waters. Make a move. Discovery comes by action.
The plans and purposes of God are so interesting and often confusing. The reason is quite simple: The Lord always leads us by what He sees and knows, not by what we see and know.
There will be times He will send us south to get us going north. Just trust Him and trust the process.
The purpose of God unfolds over time, so don’t worry about what you don’t know. Just act on what you do know, and when you do, God’s plan will get brighter and clearer.
Think about the questions I’ve posed today. Write them down, then write out the answers. These are clues to your purpose. Follow the clues and you’ll be on the path of your purpose in no time!