The Purpose Test

How can we know what God’s purpose is for our lives? And how do we fulfill that purpose? Joseph is 39 years old when he sees his brothers again. Egypt has had seven good years of plenty and now the famine is on them. Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to buy grain and Joseph recognizes them.

Genesis 45:3 – Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. (Verse 4) And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” And they came near. And he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. (Verse 5) “But now, do not, therefore, lie grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

(Verse 6) “For these two years the famine has been in the land and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. (Verse 7) “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity (remnant) for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. (Verse 8) “So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

In order to find your purpose, we first have to:

Believe that we have a purpose!

Everything God has created has a purpose. So don’t think that God doesn’t have a specific purpose for you, because He does: Ecclesiastes 3:1 – To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:

The best way for us to discover our purpose is to look at God and the way He made us. God made each of us unique. For instance: When we look at an object, we usually know what its purpose is. For example, a plunger, a pencil, a phone and on and on. You can look at each of these objects and see that the designer had a specific purpose in mind when they made it. The Great Designer had a specific purpose in mind for us when He designed us. So we need to figure out what we look like in the Spirit, not in the natural. After we believe that we have a purpose then we need to:

Understand that God is in control!

For us to understand our purpose, we are going to go through some difficulties and setbacks. People will say things and do things that are wrong to us, but God still has a purpose for our lives and God is in control of all that. Joseph told his brothers not to be grieved or angry, for God sent him to preserve life. Joseph’s brothers were not the ones that sent him to Egypt, God was.

Some people get held up on what has been done to them by others and stay there on that bitterness instead of moving ahead. Joseph didn’t do that. He knew God had set it all up for him to reach a much bigger purpose that involved many more people. Joseph knew that God was in control of it all! No one can de-rail us from our destiny but us. All of us have been offended and abused at one time or another in our lives. However, we cannot let what others have done stop us from what God wants to do. We have to get over it!

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. So even when things go wrong, He is working everything out for our good.

Isaiah 55:10 – “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, (Verse 11) so is My word that goes out of MY mouth; it will not return to Me void, but it will accomplish what I please (desire), and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

God’s word has the power to produce the purpose for which He sent it! And the good news is, He has spoken over us! These ten-character tests, if not passed, can de-rail what our purpose was and is. Pride and not having integrity is the biggest de-railer. How about not being humble? I’m not talking about false humility either, where one pretends to be humble in front of others. God knows the heart. We don’t take these tests just one time, we can take them again until we get it right. Don’t sabotage your destiny by not being honest with yourselves when it comes to any of these character tests.

Discover Your Gift and Your Direction

Everyone needs to find out what their gift is. There is a list of what we call the “motivational gifts. These are gifts that come naturally for us.

Romans 12:4 – For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, (Verse 5) so we being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Verse 6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; (Verse 7) or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching: (Verse 8) he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberty; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Motivator – This person desires to motivate people to serve God. A person with the gift of prophecy is a motivator.

Servant – Desires to meet the needs of people on practical bases. This is the duty of ministering to people to serve.

Teacher – Desires to study and present truths to people. This is a person that reads a lot and loves to study the word of God and tell others.

Encourager – Desires to admonish and encourage people. It doesn’t matter what happens, these people will say something encouraging to others.

Giver – Desires to meet the needs of people on financial bases. These people love to help people financially and also give wisdom and counsel to help the person.

Administrator – Desires to lead people through an organization.

Sympathizer – Desires to identify and empathize with people. We always want the encouragers and the people with mercy around us when we go through difficulty.

These gifts will become very plain if we have ever served with a group in church or anywhere else. As soon as a situation or a task is brought up, the gifts will show up. Gifts have to do with serving and helping people.

Joseph’s gift was leadership. His gift worked everywhere he went in his life. He didn’t wait until he got in a place of authority to lead, he did it at whatever level he was in  – prison or palace. He didn’t wait until he was in the position and then minister to those in need, he did it no matter the situation.

People have to learn to be faithful in the position they are in right now. Just start using the gift or gifts God has given you and step out in faith. Joseph didn’t know the specifics of his purpose, he just kept being faithful to God and step by step he was brought into his full destiny and purpose.

Stay faithful to God, operate in your gift right where you are now, and in God’s timing, you will step into your destiny that He has had all along for you!

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