Four Elements to Living a God-Intended Life
God calls believers to influence and make a positive difference on those around us. His desire is for us to live out the great commission, which says,
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
I have found four elements to living a God-intended life that leads to having an impact for the Kingdom of God:
Identify your purpose
Purpose is defined as “the reason for which something exists” (Dictionary.com). God created us with a specific and unique purpose. Pastor Rick Warren said,
“If you’re alive, there’s a purpose for your life.”
It’s our responsibility to find what we have been called to. To identify your purpose I suggest:
- Pray, ask, and allow God to guide you toward your life purpose.
- Find and work in areas of passions and personal talents.
- Start serving and getting involved at your local church.
Discover your talents
It’s essential to find, develop, and use our personal talents. I have found discovering your personal talents can be a process that takes time and effort. It takes looking inward and using your experiences to find the areas you’re naturally talented at. I recommend reading Strength-based Leadership by Tom Rath to help you find and confirm your personal talents.
Ignite your passions
Christian Theologian John Wesley said something intriguing about passion:
“When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.”
Passion sets a person on fire and creates influence with those around us (that’s worth a tweet). God has given us different desires and passions. The important thing is to use our passion for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. For example my passion is to write and speak on leadership so people can become better and reach their potential. In doing this, my passion (alongside my purpose and talents) is allowing me to make a positive impact for God.
Grow toward your potential
To live a God-intended life which produces fruit we need to be moving toward our potential by intentionally engaging in our personal and spiritual growth. Hebrews 6:1 says,
“Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity” (AMP).
To become and maintain our maturity in Christ requires us to be always growing and learning. We can grow and learn by reading and studying the Bible, reading growth books, attending conferences, be mentored, and foster relationships with other believers.
Question: What are some other elements to living a God-intended life? Share your view in the comment box.
About Dan Black
Dan writes at DanBlackonLeadership.com. His purpose and passion is to help people in leadership and pastoral roles reach their potential. You can connect with him on Twitter and get a free leadership quote book by clicking here.