As the world gets darker and darker it’s easier to look out for yourself for survival and think about nothing else. That’s the natural way of the world but God calls us to be of greater service for Him to touch the lives of others; to live a life of purpose.
Being successful in difficult times requires solving problems for others and as Jesus taught his disciples, you become the greatest. Your willingness to serve determines your level of leadership. Don’t shrink back in these difficult times and surrender yourself to God’s will to save not only yourself but those He has put in your life.
Here are some reasons why you should seek His will over your own:
1. It energizes you
Waking up everyday knowing that you’re going to work on something meaningful energizes your life in a big way. Living a life of purpose (God’s purpose in particular) gives meaning to everything that you do. On the other hand when you’re spending most of your time outside your purpose you get de-energized.
I have experience with both scenarios and I prefer the one of waking up to do work that contributes to God’s purpose for my life. Working becomes a joy even when challenges arise because you will have the momentum to overcome them.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘Plans for good and not for evil. To give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
The secret of success is to identify your natural strengths and ask God to lead you in the right direction. Whatever path you choose should bring glory to God and be a blessing to the people around you.
Success stories abound of successful people we admire and one of the common denominators with all of them is that they know what they were created to do. Having that understanding they chose to follow through on their assignments and became who they were created to be.
2. Leads you to your true destiny
For a long time I have always felt like I’m operating in the wrong career field. I was strongly influenced by peers and family alike in my younger years to pursue a career in a scientific field. This was during my time in high school and sure enough I was pretty good at subjects like math and science.
Success in life seemed to revolve around getting a job in that field and being guaranteed financial security in the future. I remember instinctively coming to the end of my high school education and realizing that this wasn’t the path I wanted to pursue.
Around that time I had started to develop an interest in personal development and finding purpose in my life. I had been inspired by my friend whom I had seen live his life in a way that brought glory to God and I never looked back since.
I never got to do a business related program as I wanted to in University because of my scientific background. However, in my spare time as I started to do little things related to my passion and what God was leading me to I felt I was moving towards my ultimate destiny.
3. Helps you do great work
When you’re living out God’s purpose for your life it’s easy to do great work and be a blessing to those around you. Living out your life’s purpose doesn’t have to feel like work even though it is. It has to be a joy to do and that’s what produces great quality work. I don’t know how you may have been raised but it’s sad if you grew up being told that you must pursue personal security over doing what may be deemed as risky.
From personal experience and what I’ve seen of other successful people is that you must believe that walking in God’s plan for your life attracts greater blessing than you can imagine. The devil’s deception is to paint a picture of failure if you choose to pursue a path you may not be familiar with even though it’s the one God wants for you.
He tries to trap you in a mindset of false security when you choose a safer and more logical path. People that do great work are confident about what they do which makes them more attractive to people who may need their products or services. Are you doing great work in the field you’re operating in?
4. Allows God to step in
God’s purpose for your life is always going to make room for Him to step in and show Himself mighty on your behalf. Your goals in life should be so big that they leave room for God to step in to make them happen. Without a need for God it only points to what you can do in your own strength.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” ~ Philippians 1:6
From the scripture above it’s important to note that it must be God who begins a good work in you to see it to completion. If you author your own dreams and expect God to step in you’re going to be disappointed. Being successful in any endeavor requires that you’re assured that it’s God’s purpose you’re pursuing instead of your own.
When God does step in He doesn’t disappoint. One time when I had run out of finances to continue hosting this blog God led me to a free hosting option which was just as good as the previous package. I had run out of ideas as to what I’d do but it proved to me that God was backing me all the way.
5. Opens doors of opportunity
People that live according to their purpose tend to see opportunities that are not so obvious. When you’re operating in a security mindset you fail to see opportunities under your nose. The way faith works is that before you see things manifest in the natural you must see them in the spirit realm first.
Great visionaries see beyond today and position themselves for the opportunities that present themselves in the future. Have faith in God in the present to take advantage of opportunities when they arise in due season.
The danger of seeing only what’s there today is that you will soon become irrelevant in the future. That’s not a place you want to be. You may have skills that aren’t in demand today but may be priceless tomorrow. Sharpen those skills because tomorrow they could make you a fortune and position you for greater things.
That is why successful people are often thought to be crazy by other people who don’t see what they see. I chose to focus on a path that utilizes my strengths of interacting with people combined with digital marketing and I have had opportunities in the process to minister to different audiences in a powerful way.
6. Chasing money alone leaves you empty and frustrated
Successful people are admired for their fame and impact on the world around them. What’s easy to miss is that rarely is money the biggest motivator for what they do. They understand that riches are a byproduct of the value that they add to the people around them.
The pursuit of money just for the sake of it is a shallow goal that has no eternal value in the grand scheme of things. Money is not a true measure of happiness or fulfilment even though it’s better to have it than not having it.
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” ~ Matthew 6:33
Where there is vision from heaven God sanctions the provision to see to it that it comes to pass. He will provide for your needs so that He will be glorified. I learned this lesson the hard way after close to seven years of trying to do things in my own strength.
After spending so much time and resources pursuing an empty goal there was little fruit to show for all the effort I put in. It takes humbling yourself to allow God to use you for His purpose for your life.