“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth… You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world… Shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)
When you understand your role in God’s plan, your focus changes. Your priorities change. You manage your time and resources differently because you understand your role in the larger picture.
As you discover your purpose, you learn that we have a common mission together, and you have a unique mission of your own.
If that sounds contradictory, consider a football team whose common mission is to outscore the opponent and win the game. Then consider the quarterback, whose role during the game is different than that of his linemen.
Our distinct purpose on earth originates in four truths that will help you discover your purpose.
1. God made each of us in His own image.
We’re designed to be like Him, and we’re created to live like Him.
Like any earthly father, He teaches us how to live.
God created us to be body, spirit, and soul. We are three-dimensional, and we were designed to thrive through spiritual connection with Him.
When we deeply connect with Him, we effortlessly discover our design and our own potential, because we’re connected to the One who created us.
2. Jesus lived and modeled the human life.
Jesus provides a picture of what earthly manhood should look like, but sometimes we misunderstand it.
We assume discipleship means reading our Bibles, praying, avoiding sin, and leading others to salvation, but Jesus’ life included so much more.
He came to earth to reveal the Father and unify people. He calls us to love each other the same way He loves us.
3. God wants us to know our purpose.
God won’t hide our purposes from us. In fact, Jesus revealed our purposes during His time on earth.
We are to live our lives so that people discover their own identities in God. We do that through love, honor, sacrifice, and service to our fellow man.
When we pursue excellence in our daily jobs and in all of our relationships – as dads, husbands, brothers, and friends – we point people toward God. We become the salt and light we were designed to be.
4. Our self-worth doesn’t originate with us.
We struggle when we try to define our own worth.
When we strive and we anguish to prove our value in the world, we end up dissatisfied and exhausted because the world’s values differ from God’s kingdom values.
Our value exists in finding God’s power within us and sharing that with a world that is hungry for something authentic and meaningful.
The enemy wants us to be skeptical of these truths. In fact, he will whisper his own ideas about you every chance he gets, because he needs you to doubt who you are.
The men of Junto Tribe believe that our lives bear the fruit of the choices we’ve made. We’ve either embraced God’s truth, or we’ve fallen victim to the enemy’s lies. But the good news is that today is a new day.
Join us on the journey to become salt and light. Ask God to help you recognize the times you’ve believed the wrong voice.
Write these four truths down and post them somewhere that you’ll see them often. Review them until you believe them.
Take time today to write down 3 areas of your life (ie. work, family, friends) that you want to be more intentional in. Write down what you discover, then pray and meditate on it with focus and longing. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance on how you can be more like Jesus in those areas and watch what happens.