Devotional

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28. 

Moana is an adventure story about a girl who is trying to find her purpose in life. She loves her home, but she also longs to leave it. Her father wants her to stay close. Her mother is trying to keep the peace. Her grandmother is encouraging her to follow her heart. Moana is caught in the middle, trying to please her family, but also trying to understand why she feels she has to leave. Furthermore, the ocean called her, chose her, to fix what was broken in the land—a calling her parents didn’t know about. As Moana struggles to find her identity and fulfill her destiny, she has a lot to teach us.

Finding your divine purpose does not have to be a mystery. Most of us are deeply concerned with living meaningful, purposeful lives, trying to answer the question, “what is God’s purpose for my life?” And we spend a lot of energy trying to figure out if we are doing it. We want to know what God wants for our lives, and we want to know today. Understanding our identity in Christ gives us purpose. God has a specific purpose for each of us, a unique calling for every individual. Our shared and primary purpose is to become disciples of Jesus Christ. 

This scripture says there is a sense of purpose that God has planted in each and every one of us, and we can’t separate ourselves from it. Your purpose in life is an important part of who you are; it gives you meaning and helps you understand why you are here. It is the beginning of who we are destined to become, the influence we are destined to have, and the dreams we are destined to fulfill.

God has a daily blueprint for your life that He is unfolding before you. Nobody else can fulfill your specific purpose. The Lord’s specific purpose for your life has a twofold nature: It will further His kingdom on earth, and it will transform you. Not only will you grow closer to Him as you rely on His ability, but discovering your purpose will make your life more fulfilling.   

“Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do–then do it with all your strength.” ― George Washington

Discussion Questions:

  1. What seeds of purpose has God planted in your life?
  2. What impact do you think God wants you to make with your life? How does he want you to contribute to making Panama City or your area a better place?
  3. How could He use your experiences, strengths and weaknesses to accomplish His purpose for your life?