Some approaches to evangelism make the assertion that “God has a special purpose for your life”. But to what extent is that true when it comes to individuals? Does every one of us have a special, unique purpose that we need to find?
I wrote the following comment on a blog the other day after an article about determining God’s will for our lives:
What if God’s plan for our life is merely to LIVE life, but to live it in a way that demonstrates who He is and what He is like? That our path in life is not much different to the paths open to everyone else apart from the fact that we have a relationship with Jesus and that relationship reflects in our behaviour and character.
What if our lives aren’t rigidly planned out in a way that we need to discover each detail (what job should we pursue; who should we marry, what we should do tomorrow etc). Maybe we have been given far more freedom of choice about these things than we think, as long as we choose within the general guidelines God has revealed.
If for some reason God has something special for us to do, then HE will point us in the right direction, and will do it clearly. He has not set out a hidden plan for our lives that we need to discover and implement.
I later thought about the story Jesus told of the men whose master gave them money (talents) to invest. None of them were told what to do with the money, but there was an expectation that what was given should be used to produce a profitable outcome.
One of those men was so afraid of doing the wrong thing that he merely hid what he had been given so that it wouldn’t be lost. His master rebuked him, telling that investing the money in the bank would have at least given a small increase through interest.
So there is an indication that the means of gaining a profit wasn’t preordained, but had been left up to the initiative of the servant.
How often are we hindered by fear of “missing God’s will” for our lives? Or of not knowing what the “special purpose” for our life may be? And through that fear are we burying the talents our master has provided?