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Purpose breeds success

Updated on January 6, 2015

Success is when you discover your purpose and fulfill it

What is success and what does it mean to you? Maybe you heard this question many times. Everybody in life wants to be successful and the world defines success based on possessing material things such as wealth, porch cars, and mansions. Many of us picture success as looking like someone other than who we are. That’s the wrong way to think about it. If you tried to become just like even one of other people, you wouldn’t be successful. You wouldn’t be a bad imitation of them, and you would eliminate the possibility of becoming the person you were meant to be.

I had a wrong attitude about success; I used to base it on happiness that if I can own something or achieve a certain goal then I’ll be happy and feel successful, and I became more miserable. Happiness has nothing to do with possession; it is a decision that you make everyday. Success isn’t a list of goals to be checked off one after another. It is not reaching a destination. Success is a journey.

“For everything, absolutely everything above and below, visible and invisible, everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him”. Colossians 1:16

When it comes to finding our purpose in life; we think about our own personal fulfillment; our ambition and our careers. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.

Therefore, true success is when you discover your purpose through God in this generation and fulfil it.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Everything starts and ends with God, when we have graduated from high school; we are asked what career path we want to pursue and we don’t ask our creator. Every decision we take is based on ourselves; not God. That‘s why many people are frustrated in their jobs and I was one of those people who was frustrate in his job. The education system that we have is not aligned with our gifts and talents. You could be well educated and still miss your purpose.

“Late Dr Myles Munroe once said it’s a tragedy to be successful in something that you were not born to do”. May his soul rest in peace.

Let’s make God our source to discover our purpose in life and live eternal life. True purpose gives us direction in life and our true identity; we don’t have to compete with anyone but with ourselves.

One of the books of Dr Myles Munroe entitled “Overcoming crises”, he made a difference between “Job and Work”. He said Job is what you were trained to do and it’s temporary. Work is what you were born to do; it’s you life assignment and it’s permanent.

Dr Mandela was trained to be a lawyer and his career was only going to benefit his family and take him to retirement. But he used his skills to fulfil his life assignment which was to bring democracy in South Africa. His purpose or calling benefited the entire world. Today; we are still honouring him because of the impact that he has made. Mr Mandela is like Moses in the bible who took out the people of Israel in Egypt to the Promised Land. Success is about knowing your purpose.

We trapped in careers where we could be easily replaced but if we could ask God about our life assignment; no one can replace us because of the impact that we could have made in our community, country and the entire world.

Sometimes we miss our purpose in life simply because we are concern about what will people say at our funeral when we have passed on. Truly speaking it doesn’t matter what people say about us. The only thing that matters is what God says about us. It is better when people say you have served God’s purpose in your generation.

The benefits of purpose driven living

1. Knowing you purpose gives meaning to life

We were made to have a meaning. When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it nothing is bearable. Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has not meaning.

2. Knowing your purpose simplifies life

It defines what you do and what you don’t do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t. You simply ask, “Does this activity help me fulfil one of God’s purposes for my life?

3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life

It concentrates your effort on what is important. You become effective by being selective If you want your life to have an impact; focus it! Stop dabbling.

4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life

Purpose always produces passion. Energises like a clear purpose. On the other hand, passion dissipates when you lack a purpose.

5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity

Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they are gone. Living to create a earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. We weren’t put on earth to be remembered, we were put here to prepare for eternity.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Dr Myles Munroe said we should rob the grave and die empty, whatever thought that God gave you whether about writing a book, movie or starting a business; you should do it because many people die with God’s talents and gifts. When you passed on; God will ask what did you do with all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources that I gave you? Will you be able to answer?

God was thinking of you before you were born, you may choose your career or hobbies but you don’t get to choose your purpose.

Let’s not die with gifts and talents of God, we owe to him. When purpose is recognized, it becomes celebrated, and when celebrated it breeds success.


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    • Bongzwane profile imageAUTHOR

      Bongani Zwane 

      3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you very much.

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      3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      It is sad to say that Dr. Munroe, his wife, along with a few others within his group died in a plane crash approximately 2 months ago. It was his teaching, about 10 to 12 years ago, that led me to more understanding of the Kingdom of God. Since that time I have continue seeking more understanding of God's wonderful Kingdom through indepth study of God's word. Dr. Myles Munroe truely understood the Kingdom and why each of us do have a true PURPOSE in life.

      Good article and God bless.


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