What is God’s Purpose for Me? 

Santiago Fuentes

June 10, 2024

I remember being young, not just in my faith, but in my teen years, and hearing a lot of talk about God’s purpose for me. There was a frenzy about finding out God’s will specifically for your life. Many great resources were put out to help believers answer the hard question: what is God’s purpose for me?

But one of the most amazing things about God’s will for everyone is that it is expressed in the commandments of the Bible.  

There are certain commands in the Bible that were directed to specific individuals or people groups. For example, God told Abram to depart from Haran (Genesis 12.1-4), and that was specific to him in that point of time. Another example is when God told Peter to go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and take the first fish, open its mouth, and find a coin to pay taxes (Matthew 17.24-27). What an unusual command from God! 

But Biblical commandments directed to everyone in every era tell us what God wants from us and for us, helping answer the question, “What is God’s purpose for me?” Again, let me give you an example: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22.37; Deuteronomy 6.5). According to this verse, God wants something from us: our love. But He also wants something for us: a love relationship with Him.  

There are also specific statements in the Bible of what God’s will is. “For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you keep away from sexual immorality…” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). “For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good” (1 Peter 2:15). Pretty clear, wouldn’t you say?

But how do we deal with the specifics of God’s purpose for me, for you? 

Before we get there, let’s refine the question we are trying to answer. Our lives are not just about us! This is about God’s heart and intention when He created us! One of the clearest verses to understand what I mean is Romans 11:36: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

If everything is to serve the purpose of bringing glory to the name of God, then let me suggest that instead of asking “What is God’s purpose for me?” we ask ourselves, “How does God want to use me for HIS purposes?” You see, asking the right question helps get the right answer. What we really are asking is “What is my role in the drama of God’s love for the world?” We are one piece of the puzzle of God’s love. Just one piece, but an important one!  

So important that God took the time to make you. He put in you skills and characteristics that He will employ for His purposes. King David expressed it this way: “I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well” (Psalm 139:14).  

God purposefully made you, through genetics, certain features such as height, color of your eyes and hair, and many other identifying markers. He also gave you skills that maybe your parents or one of your forefathers had.

God’s Purpose for Me 

Do you want to know something? When I was in my early teens, I found out I learned better studying by myself than having a teacher in front of me for hours. How God made me became part of discovering God’s purpose for me! My father was also such a self-taught person (I got this from him!) that he learned to play the piano by himself and got to the point of reading music sheets and playing difficult pieces of classical music on the piano.  

I have always been attracted to those sports that require a high level of accuracy, such as baseball (pitching a ball), football (throwing a football), and others. I didn’t know this, but that striving for accuracy translated as I got older into a constant effort to understand things accurately. It was part of God’s purpose for me. You can imagine that comes in handy when studying the Bible.

God’s Purpose for You 

What about you? What are some skills you inherited from your parents? What are some of your features that God can employ for his Kingdom purposes? 

And when you believed in Jesus, He also equipped you spiritually for His purposes and gave you at least one spiritual gift. The Bible has a long list of spiritual gifts, and we don't have time to talk about each one, but here is where I am going with this: the uniqueness of your purpose is determined by the mix of your physical characteristics, your learned and natural skills inherited from your parents, and your spiritual gifts imparted by the Spirit of God in you. That combination results in your YOUnique ministry like no other—revealing God’s purpose for you! 

For instance, we have a team of Itinerant Speakers at Forge. We are united by a common mission: More Kingdom Laborers. We all preach God's word, but every message is different—even if we use the same passage of the Bible, the message is different! We have approaches to the text, emphasis and communication styles that differ from one another.  

Who created such diversity? God. He employs all of us for the same purposes, with different styles to serve different needs. The same thing happens with every believer. God’s purpose for me is different from God’s purpose for you! So, embrace your uniqueness!  

What abilities do you have? Invest time and effort to be better in all of them! Get better at playing the guitar, at programming, at being a barista. Whatever your skill is, get better at it, and God will continue to use it for His purpose of More Kingdom Laborers.

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 

Do you know your spiritual gifts? If not, take time and pray that God will reveal them to you. Use the different tools out there to help you know how God spiritually wired you. You can prayerfully take a spiritual gifts test here that can give you insight into the question, “What is God’s purpose for me?”  

Amazingly, the same spiritual gift in two people can even end up looking different because they are expressed through each person’s natural abilities and personality. If you want to know more about your unique ministry, I strongly recommend you listen to the audiobook Plan A by Dwight Robertson

Embrace your uniqueness, and watch God use you in ways you couldn’t imagine as He answers your question, “What is God’s purpose for me?”