Monday 31 July 2023

6 Ways to Achieve the Life God Intended


Whether you know it or not, God has a special calling for your life—a calling He wants you to know and pursue. Here are six ways to achieve the life God intended for you.

Discover Your Talents

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith…” Romans 12:6

Discovering your talents is a process that may require time and effort, but knowing them is necessary to achieving the life God intended for you. People who are in touch with their God-given gifts are one step closer to understanding their larger function in the body of Christ and fulfilling their purpose on Earth. Look inward and reflect on your life experiences. Remember, you have those talents for a reason. Use them to glorify Him.

Ignite Your Passions

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21

By definition, passion is ambition that is materialized into action. Many people don’t realize how natural passion is. Sometimes, it’s so subtle that you overlook it when it’s staring right at you. Reflect on situations that have brought you excitement and joy, where you’ve been able to help others effortlessly. The beauty of passion is that it’s not only visible but infectious –igniting your passion allows you to not only influence the people around you, but to use your passion to better the Kingdom of God.

Take Your Spiritual Walk Seriously

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

If you want to achieve the life God intended, it’s imperative that you take your spiritual walk seriously. Many of us seek God when we are in situations of need, which is ok but imagine a relationship where we didn’t focus our attention on what God could give us, but how we could give back to glorify God. What a beautifully profound relationship that would be.

Give Back

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

There’s no better way to achieve the life God intended than to give back, for the sake of others. As Matthew 22 mentions, Jesus gives us two commandments that summarize the laws and commands in Scripture, one being to love your neighbor as yourself –a kind of love free of selfishness and expectation. When we use our blessings to help others, we are only advancing God’s kingdom and practicing the love God intended for the world to practice.

Set Goals for Yourself

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

If you want to achieve the life God imagined for you, it’s important to set goals for yourself and actively move towards them. Think about your goals and dreams for the future. If you read that, and thought: what goals and dreams? You need to take some time to sort out what you’re aiming for in life, so you can work towards the realization of your dreams.

Pray (and Listen)

“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

Prayer is important, not only because it strengthens our relationship with God, but also because it connects us spiritually with Him and the world around us. When you aren’t in a committed relationship with God and don’t value the importance of prayer, it’s easy to get distracted by everything going on in the world around you. When prayers aren’t answered the way we want them to be, the conversation easily goes from “we” to “me”. But when you routinely pray, and listen to what God is saying, our focus shifts from the personal to the needs if others, and you’ll better understand what God is telling you.

Lesli White is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a concentration in print and online journalism. In college, she took a number of religious studies courses and harnessed her talent for storytelling. White has a rich faith background. Her father, a Lutheran pastor and life coach was a big influence in her faith life, helping her to see the value of sharing the message of Christ with others. She has served in the church from an early age. Some of these roles include assisting ministry, mutual ministry, worship and music ministry and church council.   

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