Seasons of in-between happen in every stage of our lives.
In between high school and college.
In between college and career.
In between singleness and marriage.
We will always be waiting for something, always learning our purpose in the new spheres of life into which we are ushered. And while our responsibilities change with these seasons, our overarching purpose does not.
Daughters of the Living God have an eternal purpose, one that lasts beyond our deaths into new life. It’s crazy, really. To think that our actions here have eternal impact is something incredible. It grants a new perspective on these unstable seasons, the ones where we wonder, “Where exactly is my place in this world?”
The Bible tells us what our purpose is even when we don’t feel like we have one. Next time you’re struggling to discern next steps, remind yourself of these five truths.
1. You are chosen to declare truth (1 Peter 3:10). When you responded to Christ’s call to your heart and followed Him, you became one of the chosen. And you weren’t chosen just for kicks and giggles—Jesus gave up everything to cover your sin. He paid it all because He loved you, and through His sacrifice He gave you a new purpose. This purpose? To declare His truth. As Peter puts it, “to declare the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.” Your purpose is to TELL people how great God is and what He has done for you.
2. You were created to do good work (Ephesians 2:10). Your birth was no accident. You were uniquely created to do a work on this earth—and not just any work, but a good work. Only God is wholly good, so what constitutes a good work? Anything done by the Spirit of God in you! When you walk by the Spirit, your works are lasting and eternal in quality (1 Corinthians 3:15).
3. You are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:20). At the end of His ministry, right before His ascension, Jesus left His disciples a command. We call this the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” The disciples passed this down to the early church, who passed it down through thousands of years to us. It’s not just for pastors. It’s for EVERYONE who calls upon the name of Jesus!
Each time you teach someone something you learned in your faith walk, you’re discipling them in the truth. Discipleship is living the life of faith alongside others, helping them grow in their own understanding. It’s not complicated.
4. You are raised up to reveal His glory (Exodus 9:16). This verse was originally spoken to Israel, but after Jesus came to earth, we—non-Jews, or Gentiles—were grafted into God’s purpose and promise. Our purpose is like Israel’s always was: to be raised up and reveal His glory. We are a “city on a hill” (Matthew 5:14). We showcase the gospel through our lives as we follow Jesus diligently.
5. God is at work in you (Philippians 2:13). Most importantly, God is at work in us. God’s purpose for us is to glorify Him and draw more people to know Jesus happens as we get out of His way in our spiritual life! Let Him do work in your heart. Notice when He is convicting you of an area of change. Expose yourself to His Word. The work He is doing will not return void!
This post will not answer whether you should choose a certain college program or who you will marry, but it WILL tell you the most important thing: the purpose God has for you right now. It’s the same purpose you’ll have in 10 or 20 years.
It’s a purpose that lasts to eternity.
If you’re wondering where your place is in this big, wide world, it’s right here—in the center of His will.