2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Purpose is God’s original intention, reason, or aim for our existence; essentially, it is His plan and will for our lives. It is the “why” behind our existence. It is “what” we are to do in this life. The origin of our purpose is in God’s foreknowledge and it was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began 2 Timothy 1:9. His purpose was before Creation, the Fall, our birth, and before any other claim could be made on our life. Pursuing His purpose is meant to satisfy and fulfill us more than any Earthly possession.
Having a purpose means that we have works assigned by God for us to do while here on Earth (Ephesians 2:10). We must also realize that once we discover our purpose and begin pursuing it that we will often discover there are enemies to our assignment. Our assignment seems to provoke our enemies and opposition. Jesus after being led by the Spirit into the wilderness was immediately tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-19). Any worthwhile assignment will surface our enemies but greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Knowing our purpose helps us to stay focused, on track, and not just drift through life going wherever life’s currents push us. Many people never seem to get anywhere, not because they don’t expend any effort or energy, but simply because they lack focus. There’s a big difference between the power of energy versus the power of focus. The Sun is a good example of the power of energy which releases billions of kilowatts of energy spread over the Earth’s surface that heats it. A laser is an example of the power of focus which releases a small amount of energy in a focused stream of light that can cut diamonds, metal, and very hard surfaces. Purpose gives our life focus like the laser that can help us cut through all the hard stuff life can sometimes present us. Let’s spend some time in prayer with our Maker and uncover our specific purpose in life (Jeremiah 33:3; Isaiah 45:11).