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What gives us the confirmation that we are fulfilling our life’s purpose?

Accolades, commendations, trophies, plaques, certificates, badges… it is very possible to receive all of these honors and still feel empty. From the outside looking in, these awards signal that someone is accomplished, successful and appreciated. So how could someone have a wall full of awards and still be unfulfilled? Here’s how… when what was accomplished is not the passion and purpose God intended.

Mark 8:36, 37 (NKJV) reads “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” I have commonly associated this Scripture with someone choosing the world’s view of success over salvation through Christ. That is definitely what Christ is teaching in this passage, but I don’t believe that was all. As I look further, I can also see these verses speaking of empty Christians who are so busy trying to be “successful” that they haven’t made time to carry out their purpose. I see Christians who are diligent to get life’s accolades, but when it comes to responding to the work God called them to do they became full of excuses. I see Christians who became enslaved by debt and felt they had no choice but to work up the “ladder of success”, while it cost them time they should have been using to live out the passion and purpose God put in them. I see Christians who were busy doing work in the church, but never really scratched the surface on the work they were truly called to do for the church. This actually leads to a very important question for today’s discussion: Are we really saved if we don’t use all of our gifts and fulfill every purpose God gave us? Go ahead, share your thoughts with each other.

Here is a very powerful and life-altering truth: there is no fulfillment in life until we do what God has created us to do. Nothing else will ever satisfy us. Nothing else will ever make us feel accomplished, even if people believe that we are. All of our awards and commendations may suggest to others that we arrived, but the only way to win in life is to carry out our purpose for existence. So, our next discussion question is: Should we find a balance between doing what God created us to do and making other accomplishments that may not be linked to our life’s purpose?

REFERENCE SCRIPTURES: Mark 8:34-38 / Matthew 6:25-34 / Matthew 25:14-30

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