“For my determined purpose is that I may know Him (that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly), and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection (which it exerts over believers), and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed (in spirit into His likeness even) to His death…”
– Philippians 3:10 AMP
Everyone was created for a purpose. Many people are wondering, What is my purpose? What am I to do with my life? Paul tells us in Philippians that purpose is not only a matter of doing something, but it is being someone. Everyone is capable of doing something significant, yet this world is telling us we need to look a certain way, to do this, pursue this, and talk like that.
This leads to failed attempts and incompleteness. Let’s be honest… you know what I’m talking about! If we conform to the world, we’ll lose our true identity. There is only one Person we are to become more and more like, and that is Jesus!
“…to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness…”
Paul made it his determined purpose to know Jesus because he knew that Jesus was his true identity. He knew he was not just a mere human being walking on this earth allowing the world to mold him. He knew that there was Someone much greater living on the inside of him—Someone worth giving all his attention to, Someone to lead him to become the man he was supposed to be.
To know Jesus is to know Who lives on the inside of us, to know who we are, to know what He has done for us, to know what we are capable of doing, and to know our authority and position in this world. We must understand that our first purpose is to BE like Jesus. Once we build our character and follow Jesus’ example, we are equipped to do the call. When we make Jesus our everyday purpose, His purpose becomes our purpose.[hr style=”2″ margin=”30px 0px 30px 0px”]
I challenge you to look at Jesus, and discover your identity in Him. Start confessing that identity over yourself everyday. “I am more than a conquorer through Him who loved me. I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. In Christ dwells the fullness of the Godhead, and I am complete in Him. In Him I live, move, and have my being. I am the righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus.” Continue to keep your purpose, in Jesus, before you all day. You’ll be transformed from the inside out.[hr style=”2″ margin=”30px 0px 30px 0px”]
“Father, I make Jesus my first priority everyday. He is my purpose above all else. I set aside time to spend with Him, because as I spend time with Him, He will reveal to me what He has done for me, who I am, and what I am called to do and capable of doing. I do not model the world, but I commit myself to follow Jesus and His ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.”