Q: How do I discover God’s purpose for my life?

A:  Your question is profound and is something that every sincere truthseeker longs to know.

The Urantia Book offers us a wealth of information about God’s purpose for our mortal lives—in time and in eternity. Individually, we can use our freewill choices and craft our lives in our own unique way in order to fulfill this divine purpose, but the purpose will always remain the same—to come to know God, and to become like him as we seek to do his will. The following passages from The Urantia Book will illustrate, and I have bolded some word/phrases that pertain to your question:

2:2.5 … the whole scheme of living existences on the worlds of space is centered in the divine purpose of elevating all will creatures to the high destiny of the experience of sharing the Father’s Paradise perfection. God is neither self-centered nor self-contained; he never ceases to bestow himself upon all self-conscious creatures of the vast universe of universes.

142:6.7 Jesus answered: “Already does the spirit of the Father in heaven indwell you. If you would be led by this spirit from above, very soon would you begin to see with the eyes of the spirit, and then by the wholehearted choice of spirit guidance would you be born of the spirit since your only purpose in living would be to do the will of your Father who is in heaven. And so finding yourself born of the spirit and happily in the kingdom of God, you would begin to bear in your daily life the abundant fruits of the spirit.”

180:2.5 …So does the true believer exist only for the purpose of bearing the fruits of the spirit: to love man as he himself has been loved by God—that we should love one another, even as Jesus has loved us.

132:3.4 Revealed truth, personally discovered truth, is the supreme delight of the human soul; it is the joint creation of the material mind and the indwelling spirit. The eternal salvation of this truth-discerning and beauty-loving soul is assured by that hunger and thirst for goodness which leads this mortal to develop a singleness of purpose to do the Father’s will, to find God and to become like him. There is never conflict between true knowledge and truth. There may be conflict between knowledge and human beliefs, beliefs colored with prejudice, distorted by fear, and dominated by the dread of facing new facts of material discovery or spiritual progress.

160:1.11 I am deeply impressed with the custom of Jesus in going apart by himself to engage in these seasons of solitary survey of the problems of living; to seek for new stores of wisdom and energy for meeting the manifold demands of social service; to quicken and deepen the supreme purpose of living by actually subjecting the total personality to the consciousness of contacting with divinity; to grasp for possession of new and better methods of adjusting oneself to the ever-changing situations of living existence; to effect those vital reconstructions and readjustments of one’s personal attitudes which are so essential to enhanced insight into everything worth while and real; and to do all of this with an eye single to the glory of God—to breathe in sincerity your Master’s favorite prayer, “Not my will, but yours, be done.”

155:6.11 Never forget there is only one adventure which is more satisfying and thrilling than the attempt to discover the will of the living God, and that is the supreme experience of honestly trying to do that divine will. And fail not to remember that the will of God can be done in any earthly occupation. Some callings are not holy and others secular. All things are sacred in the lives of those who are spirit led; that is, subordinated to truth, ennobled by love, dominated by mercy, and restrained by fairness— justice. (Jesus)

I’ve given you a lot to read, and I guarantee that if you do read these passages, and also the accompanying text, you’ll be filled with new sense of purpose. Remember, God’s purpose for you (which is really just another way of saying God’s will), can be done in any occupation and by any person who desires it. Keep seeking, keep praying, put God first, and your own unique way to fulfill God’s purpose will unfold in greater detail for you in your individual life.

Thanks again for writing. I hope this reply has been helpful to you…

:: Date published: 2013-08-29 14:15:50.833
:: Author: Truthbook Staff