Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
I’m often asked by developing Christians for ways to identify their God ordained purpose. Obviously the first and foremost thing you can do is seek God through prayer as He created you with purpose in mind. But also, there are indicators in your life that point toward your purpose. The most powerful of these indicators is your ruling passion.
Before we were born God knew, sanctified, and ordained us for a specific purpose. (Jeremiah 1:5) That specific purpose is seated in our ruling passion, the inner yearning that, whether it is recognized or not, we usually gravitate towards. In the above scripture the Prophet Jeremiah wanted to turn away from his purpose, but his ruling passion would not let him. Likewise those who are developed in their purpose can’t easily walk away from it. This is why retired athletes return to the court, retired generals seek positions of authority, and retired detectives continue to be inquisitive.
There are three things that your ruling passion reveals that will help you identify your purpose:
Anger: What angers you the most you were created to change. I am not talking about what offends you, I am talking about spiritual, social, and physical conditions that when they cross your mind you get angry. In Judges 6:11-14 God called Gideon a mighty man of valor. Immediately Gideon expressed his anger over the oppressed condition of Israel. Then God said go in that might (anger) and deliver Israel. Anger is a clue to your anointing.
Pain: What hurts you the most you were assigned to heal. I have a friend that grew up in absolute poverty during the depression. As a child he often went to bed hungry. Now when he thinks about a child that goes to bed hungry it brings tears to his eyes. Today he is the director of nonprofit program that feeds children of poverty stricken parents. Pain is a clue to your anointing.
Joy: The things that bring you the most joy you will promote to others. Joy, not happiness, creates an energy that will keep you up working all night, influence the actions of others, and will attract to you whatever is needed to fulfill it. Joy is a clue to your anointing.
Take time to identify your ruling passion. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance to reveal those constant joys, pains, angers of your life. Reveal the hidden passions by asking those that are closes to you what they think drives you. Do this and you will be on your way to discovering your God ordained purpose.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.