What on Earth Am I Doing?

by APC on March 06, 2015

In life, we’ve all found ourselves at one time or another thinking (or maybe even saying aloud), What on earth am I doing? It could be in a moment when we’re working, get side-tracked, and then can’t remember what we were doing prior to the interruption. It could be in a moment when we’re engaged in an activity we really shouldn’t be doing, and our conscience kicks in. Or, maybe we’ve found this question to be our daily mantra—quite simply, we don’t know what’s our purpose on earth.

We’re all doing something in life; it’s unavoidable. If we’re breathing in and out, we’re doing something. Acknowledging this point is half the battle. The other half is figuring out if the something we’re doing is what we’re supposed to be doing.

When God created mankind, He didn’t create each of us on a whim. When God does anything it is purposeful, projected, planned, and perfect.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11, KJV).

Scripture tells us that God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). From the foundation of the world, God knew who we’d be and what we were going to do. When God formed us in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), He had a plan for our life.

While God has a general plan for all of us—sharing the Gospel message with all the world (Matthew 28:19) and being a witness to all men (Acts 1:8)—He has an individual plan for our life. We are all to minister in our own unique way.

Scripture tells us in Romans 12:5–6 that we are all members of the body of Christ, but that God has blessed us with different gifts. I Peter 4:10 tells us to use our unique gift(s) to minister to one another. In God’s infinite wisdom, He has blessed each of us with a unique talent (gift) and ministry to do a work for His Kingdom.

II Peter 1:10 says, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (KJV). Calling in this Scripture is the Greek word klésis, which means divine call (plan). Election is the Greek word eklogé, which means God’s choice. Instead of just doing something for God, we need to make sure we seek out God’s divine call (His choice plan) for our ministry.

Finding the answer to the looming question “What on earth am I doing?” may be, in fact, be a journey. We may try our hand at different ministries to find out God’s plan for our life. Sometime we’ll know it’s the right ministry when it’s successful. Sometimes it might be a confirmation from spiritual leadership or a seasoned Saint in the church. Sometimes it might be a Word from God letting us know we’ve stumbled onto the right path and finally figured it out!

But more importantly, we need to go to God in prayer and ask Him to reveal unto us His will for our life, to order our steps (Psalm 37:23), and to light up our pathways (Psalm 119:105). It is then we’ll truly know more than just “what” we’re supposed to be doing on earth. We’ll know God’s direction, call, and plan for our life so we can ultimately say: On earth, this is what I’m doing!