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The Qualities of a Purpose-Driven Life

by Joanna Pierce on July 07, 2016

If there wasn’t a God in heaven, we all wouldn’t have a purpose in life. God has a distinct plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11), and we need to know Him and seek Him to fulfill a purposeful life here on earth.

Developed for Purpose

While we know God has a plan for each of us, we may be very eager to jump-start into fulfilling our purpose in life. However, God needs to develop qualities/characteristics in us so we can properly fulfil our (His) purpose. All throughout Scripture, we can see examples of people who had to develop qualities to fulfill their purpose in life.

David wouldn’t have been the king that he was, if he didn’t spend some time in the pastures as a shepherd over a flock. It was in the fields he learned how to lead, protect, and work (I Samuel 17:36)! Joseph wouldn’t have been put in second command of all of Egypt if he hadn’t been in positions for God to give him dreams and visions.

Qualities for Purpose

While God will take some time to develop the necessary skills in each of us to help us fulfill our purpose, there are specific qualities we must develop as well. And, if we do them, we will never fall (II Peter 1:10):

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (II Peter 1:5–7, KJV).

Faith is the foundation of the qualities we must have to pursue and fulfil God’s purpose in our life. If we don’t have faith, we won’t trust God to develop us and we won’t follow His plan and fulfill our (His) purpose.

We need to add virtue to our faith in God. Virtue is our moral excellence—knowing and doing what is right in our day-to-day life. We are to seek and do those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8).

After virtue, we are to seek knowledge (general intelligence and understanding). King Solomon, the wisest man in the world, admonished his sons to seek after knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. If we seek the Lord, He will provide the knowledge we need (Proverbs 2:6).

Self-control is another important quality to have in every area of our life. We must live a life filled with moderation and also sacrifice. We have a difficult time doing this in our human nature, but God helps to keep us in check and in submission to Him.

Additionally, after self-control, we are to add patience. This is the most difficult because as humans we don’t like to wait, and we don’t understand when things happen to us outside of our own expectations. But, God tells us the trying of our faith (diverse temptations) help to work patience in our life (James 1:2–3). Dealing with the world and the day-to-day circumstances all help develop the right qualities in our life to help us fulfil our true purpose.

Godliness is another key quality we must develop in our life. We’re told to be holy like God because He is holy (I Peter 1:16). If we do not seek after and practice holiness in our life, we will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). God has provided great examples of people who have followed after godliness in Scripture, and we should imitate them as they imitated Christ (I Corinthians 11:1).

Finally, we must conquer brotherly love and charity. We must extend love and affection (prefer) our brothers and sisters in Christ (Romans 12:10), but then we must extend love to the stranger on the street. If we don’t have love for others, we cannot fulfill our purpose (I Corinthians 13:1).

Power to Achieve Purpose

If we remove any these qualities from our life, we cannot fulfill God’s purpose. But, how can we ensure that we don’t miss the mark? God will provide us with His divine power (II Peter 1:3–4). He promised we would receive power after the Holy Ghost comes upon us (Acts 1:8), and He is still pouring out His Spirit today. If we don’t have the Holy Ghost working in our life, we are missing the key ingredient that will help us achieve our purpose—we can’t live like God without it.

Knowing Our Purpose

If we follow after the qualities of a purpose-driven life, as identified in Scripture, it won’t take us long to figure out what our purpose is in life. If we are trying to live like Jesus, we will find His purpose is our purpose. We are to go everywhere and unto everyone and share the Gospel (Mark 16:15). We cannot do this effectively without foundational qualities in our spiritual reservoir. And, once we seek Him and preach the Gospel , we’re on our way to fulfilling our purpose in Him.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on July 06, 2016 with Guest Speaker, Brother Jonathan Pierce