How To Discover Your Purpose

TEXT: John 1:20-23, John 8:12, John 4:34

I will consider it a demotion if I am invited to become the president of Nigeria”, Bishop David Oyedepo once said. This is a rare statement and it could only come from a man who has discovered purpose. The presidency is the highest office in any nation but a man who has discovered his purpose calls it a demotion, to call such ‘a demotion’? Jesus was invited to come and become a king, He refused.

Let’s consider and ponder on the following statements/questions:

  1. The discovery of purpose is same as the discovery of one’s assignment
  2. Every purpose/call is a higher calling (Philippians 3:14)
  3. We are all created for dominion (Genesis 1:26)
  4. You don’t decide your purpose, you are to discover what your purpose is
  5. What is the relationship between your job and your purpose? (Matthew 4:19). Don’t be caged by your job but let your job be a stepping stone to your assignment
  6. How do you transit from your job to your assignment in life?
  7. The discovery and pursuits of your assignment is the key to your fulfillment in life


  1. Go to your maker: It is in Him we live move and have our existence (Acts 17:28). You go to Him through:
    (a) Prayer of enquiries (Jeremiah 33:3)
    (b) Praying in the Spirit (Romans 8:26-28)
    (c) Praise
    (d) Fellowship with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2)
  2. Go through the manual of life (Joshua 1:8, Psalms 139:15-16 NLT, Luke 4:17-18, Psalms 40:7): A sage says one of the most difficult life habits is reading the Bible daily. The Bible contains all that we are to fulfill on earth
  3. Pay attention to what grieves you (John 2:13-17): That is a clue to what you are assigned to heal and restore (Nehemiah 1:3-4). What makes you cry is a clue to the problem God has qualified you to heal
  4. Pay attention to what you love (Matthew 9:36-38): What you love most reveals the greatest gifts you contain. Passion is the path to your wisdom. What you love to talk about, think about and learn is your place of assignment. You will only have wisdom for what you love. The proof of love is the investment of time. Where you are also willing to invest your time is what you love. Moses was willing to stay all day and night judging the people (Exodus 18:13-14)
  5. Pay attention to your experiences (Matthew 4:19, 1 Samuel 17:34-37, 2 Samuel 7:8): Your assignment determines the suffering and attacks you encounter (Luke 23:18-21)
  6. Pay attention to the place and people around you: Your assignment is always to a person or people (Jeremiah 1:7, 2 Timothy 1:11).

Facts you must know about your assignment/purpose include:

  • You will only succeed when your assignment becomes an obsession (Philippians 3:13-14)
  • Your assignment requires seasons of preparation (2 Timothy 2:15, Luke 3:23, Luke 1:80)
  • Your assignment may be misunderstood by your own family and those closest to you (John 7:3-5). Stay aware of your difference from others. God provides your family to prepare for an enemy. Everything in your future is already in your future. Your family is your school.
  • Your assignment is where your provision is guaranteed (1 Kings 17:2-7, 8-9). Lack is a clue that God is changing your assignment. Provision is the promised incentives for obedience.

Fulfilling your purpose in life is essential to your sense of satisfaction and success in life as a creation of the Most High. In fact, your peace lies in finding and fulfilling your purpose.

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