Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

Why Your Job Isn’t Your Purpose

Next month, I’ll be visiting Belgium with my family, where I’ve been invited to speak to a group of Masters and PhD students who are asking themselves a crucial question in their current season of life: “What next after post grad?”


What do you say to a group of folks with big letters attached to their names and have done more research than I can imagine?

What God said to me in 2010

Well, one thing I definitely intend to say to them is what God told me a few years ago while I was preparing to speak at a local church in Uxbridge, London:

“Your job (PhD, in this case) is not your purpose!”

I had a good job, so I must confess hearing these words didn’t excite me. And I’m not sure how many people I might unsettle next month too. But fast-forward a few years and that message definitely change my life.

God blesses us with awesome families, great career opportunities and wonderful academic platforms for a greater purpose. If we fail to realise that higher calling, we risk wasting it all.

Paul summed it up so well in Philippians 3:14:

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

There’s a high calling. There’s an upward call of God and that call is bigger than the presence or absence of academic letters appended to your name.

Get the right perspective

Getting and staying in the right, divine perspective is liberating. What then is the essence of your career, business, academic and other personal pursuits, if they’re not the goals we must pursue? It’s simple.


God gives us enablers so we can use them to run the race of purpose. Share this!

Yours might be a job, family, marriage, children, business, PhD., MSc., BSc., Dr., or a combination of multiple enablers. Enablers are necessary tools you need to live out the God-intended life. But they’re not in themselves your life purpose. There’s a significant difference between both.

Enablers are temporary. Purpose is more.

Enablers are not your life goals. God didn’t create you to be a medical doctor or writer, full stop. If you make what you are your life purpose, you will lose the forest for the trees. There’s a difference between what we are (or have) and who we are.

Your purpose lies in the understanding of your true, spiritual identity.

Your enablers are temporary. Your purpose is deeply more… eternally more.

Don’t relent on the temporary when the eternal is waiting to be unveiled and fulfilled. There’s more to life than your job and academic title(s). Certainly more. But we can use the tools God avail us to unlock our journey.

And I pray you discover, pursue and live out a purposeful life.

What 3 things would you consider enablers in your life right now? And how are they supporting your life purpose?

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About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

9 Replies

  1. cyndy

    I was just lying on my bed thinking about how to live a purposeful life and just stumble on your post. It had really inspired and and want to hear more form you. God bless you for the good work you are doing

    1. Hi Cyndy, great to read from you. Thanks for the encouragement. Keep living inspired.

  2. My friend, Life Purpose is central to my heart, my message and my writing. I have struggled over the years to find my why, until one day God directed me to Isaiah 50: 4-5. That is where my life purpose is located. My purpose is to speak a word in season for the weary. I love what you are doing and am excited about your trip to Belgium…more people will get to ask themselves some pertinent questions about their why. Keep on bro. Love you.

    1. Hi Lawrence, great to read from you and thanks for the words of encouragement. Keep living on purpose.

  3. when I became a stay at home mom my ego took a hit. I hadn’t realized how much I let my career define who I was. Thankfully God has been showing me I am more than my degrees or job. And He’s showing me how valuable being a mom is. It’s the most challenging and rewarding job I’ve ever had. I’m still learning to let God define me and show me HIS purpose in my life.

    1. Awesome. I pray you continue to thrive where you are.

      1. Thank you, I appreciate the prayers.

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