If you’ve spent some time here, you’ve noticed the tagline of Simple Deep Life.
Learning to live simply and deeply to fulfill your life's purpose and calling.
Today, I want to begin to dissect that with you. What exactly IS purpose? How do we find our calling? And what do living simply and deeply have to do with those?
Our purpose is the thing for which we are designed. It is the objective for which God ordained our time and place in history. Our ultimate purpose is to know and glorify God. This was why He created Adam and Eve in the garden, as intelligent beings who could reason and deeply know His love. I believe that God also gives each of us a specific set of talents and treasures to steward in this world as we live out the unique purpose for our unique lives. This is the purpose that Bible dictionaries define as “deliberate intention”. The question is not, “What is my role here on earth?”, but, more specifically, “What has God uniquely gifted me for and placed me here to do in this time of history?”
Proverbs 20:18 tells us that “Every purpose is established by counsel.” There is great value and wisdom in seeking godly counsel as you set out to uncover these unique qualities that God has given you! The Hebrew word for “purpose” in Proverbs 20:18 denotes “intention” as well. God has a specific intention for creating you and placing you in this time of history. We find these qualities within your experiences, abilities, passions, and values. The goal of Simple Deep Life is to give you a venue for that person who is able to walk alongside you, asking powerful questions and holding you accountable to the discoveries through the journey.
Our calling is the invitation that God gives us to partner with Him in His work. This calling is the invitation of God to accept the salvation into His Kingdom. It’s His invitation to accept the vocation of being a part of His kingdom and fulfill your functional role within that kingdom. We can think of it as the HOW of living out your purpose. It doesn’t have to be your literal vocation or career, but it is through this calling that the uniqueness of what God has designed you to do is lived out.
Again, this takes work! Peter encourages his readers in 2 Peter 1:10 to, “Give all diligence to make your calling...sure.” We need to be in deep communication with the Father, abiding in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit as we learn what this unique “vocation” for our lives looks like. Whatever season of life you find yourself in, God has a place for your specific role in His kingdom! What a glorious and hopeful aspect of being a child of God!