Purpose & Calling
John the Baptist was the Greatest
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he (Matt 11:11-12).
John the Baptist did no miracles. Elijah did miracle after miracle. Daniel interpreted dreams for kings and he and his friends impacted an entire nation. Jeremiah and Isaiah were two of Israel’s greatest prophetic voices. Jesus built his church through the twelve disciples. But Jesus made a profound declaration about this man who did no miracles—He is the greatest among all the prophets.
Why did Jesus make such a claim? Because he did one very important thing–he fulfilled his purpose on earth in every way.
The disciples asked John the Baptist, “Are you the one we have been waiting for? John responded quickly, “No.” Then he made a profound statement: “A man can receive only what God gives him” (John 3:27). He had a complete understanding of why he was placed on earth.
Jesus proclaimed John was greatest because he knew and fulfilled his purpose. The angel Gabriel described John’s purpose to his father: And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).
His purpose was absolutely necessary to be achieved in order to prepare the way for Jesus. Do you know why God made you? Are you fulfilling the destiny He has planned for you since the foundation of the earth?
Understanding your work life purpose is key to receiving your inheritance. Paul said no matter what kind of work you do, if God has called you to do it you will receive an inheritance for doing it. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” Colossians 3:23-25).
On this page we are providing tools to help you understand your purpose. Understanding your purpose means you can answer the question “Why did God make me?” You should be able to answer this in a five to seven word statement. For instance, here is why God made Os Hillman:
To be an articulator and shepherd of foundational ideas that lead to transformation.This statement was true of me before I was a Christian. It describes my central DNA of what I do in life.
Discovering your purpose should involve a process of discovering:
1) Your personality type
2) Your spiritual gifts
3) What type of work aligns best with your purpose.
Below are highly recommended resources and tools to help you discover your purpose.
Do You Know Why God Made You? Understanding Your Purpose
Audio CD or MP3 Download
by Brenda de Charmoy
We are designed for God’s purposes and to bring glory to Him. God desires to use ordinary men and women to do the extraordinary and to do great exploits in His name. To this end our choices, both day to day and at key moments in life, are used by God to prepare and transform each one of us for His purposes. Understanding why the Creator made YOU gives you focus, provides direction, enables destiny, draws you to a life you can love to live and transforms your choices. Each person has a unique purpose for their life (see Ephesians 1:11). It is a revelation and impartation from God, which changes your life forever. The process of understanding your purpose varies and can be intentional, through circumstances or crisis. Understanding your purpose releases and unlocks faith, hope, joy, the will of God for your life and a life lived as an act of worship to the King!