God Knows your purpose
Remember your 20th birthday? If it was anything like mine, you took a good look at life and realize you’re in a weird space. Legal by law, but discriminated by many for being under the age of 21; life was hard. During the ages of 20-25, we are experimenting with the person we think we want to become. We are forced to learn finances and find a career, but we also have to juggle our priorities like faith, friends, and family and being vulnerable enough to do things like dating if marriage is something you’re looking for. Well, let me tell you, im in the 2nd half of my 20s, and it’s rough; coach used all the timeouts, i forgot the playbook, and we left all the Gatorade at home. But we’re not quitting, the Bible tells me we have to have perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you will see all that he has promised (Hebrews 10:36). So lets break it down, God has some specific instructions for your life and steps to find your purpose amid the daily craziness.
THE PARABLE OF TALENTS – Matthew 25 14-30
So to save time, ill summarize this tale, but i do recommend reading it. A man goes on a journey and offers three of his servants 5, 3, and 1 bags of gold, respectively (referred to as talents depending on the version youre reading); once he returns from his journey, he checks on the gold he has entrusted them with. Two of them have done well and have earned twice the amount of gold, while the man with the least gold has gained nothing. The two are rewarded and able to share in the master’s happiness. While the third loses his bag of gold and is seen as an outcast.
This parable is really relatable and provides an example of what will happen if we waste the talents God has given us. To know exactly what we are called to do, we must use what we are good at and grow from there. There is a reason you’re good at your talents, but to tap into that, one must let these gifts bloom.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
One must pray for what they want out of life. One doesn’t simply wake up successful, they see it in their dreams way before it manifests in reality. Talk to God about your wildest dreams, and see if they don’t come true.
Jesus prayed about it and questioned God in the Garden – Matthew 26:36-56
Now here comes the heavy part, after you experimented with your talents and prayed about them day in and day out, you will realize that the gift always comes at a cost. Jesus knew he needed to do his ministry to save the world and knew that he would have to pay with his life. Don’t think you won’t have doubts on the way, even Jesus asked God if it was possible to let this cup be moved from him. No need to walk the road if you don’t want to see it through, I want you to realize that your calling has some pain attached to it. So now is the time to decide if it is worth it.
For those of you who say yes, “my dreams are bright, and my future is even brighter ” I want you to remember that God is with you during every step.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ” – Romans 8:31
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works..” – James 2:26
Just because you have faith in the Lord, and he’s brought you this far. doesn’t mean you can quit working. You have to get in a position to receive the permission.