God’s Purpose for My Life | Straighten Up and Fly Right

My purpose for my life can look vastly different from God’s purpose for my life, so let us examine what we know from the Bible to learn more about God’s purpose in our lives.

If you know anything of Christianity you should know that God’s ultimate purpose for every human being is for them to accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as their personal savior for the salvation of their soul and securing a home in Heaven near God.

Everything else about our lives follows in this axiom of accepting Christ as shown by what God has told us in the Holy Bible, His Word.

And so it is if we pay maximum attention to straightening up and flying right in Christ and the Word of God, God’s purposes in our lives become almost obvious to us because whatever we are going through is ultimately for the glory of Jesus working in our lives to bring us closer to Him.

When we focus on being disciples of Christ, following in His ways as best we can, we will naturally gravitate towards our purpose with peace, hope, love and joy in our lives and expressed to others many times with opportunities to speak the truth of the Gospel message in word or action to every one we encounter.

God’s purpose for my life involves being a servant of Christ and others and sharing the good news of the Gospel message.


God's Purpose for My LifeStraighten Up and Fly Right

1 Thessalonians 1:1-4

1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.


Paul is talking about how we can live upright in an upside down world.

Thessalonica was a prosperous port town in northern Greece in Paul’s time.

Paul, in Thessalonica, faced political correctness and false god worship of kabiri, yet it did not stop Paul from preaching the Gospel in Thessalonica.

When Paul was preaching a riot broke out.

Paul confronted an upside down world with the Gospel of Christ and whenever the upside down world is confronted by Christ there are always fireworks of some sort.

So how do we straighten up and fly right like Paul in an upside down world?

Paul gives us three gauges to fly right; work, labor and patience.

Gauges on our instrument panel of flying right as Christians.


Work of Faith Gauge

Faith cannot work if we’re still holding on to our idols.

We must turn from our idols, repent and turn to the Lord so we may be seen by God as faithful by evidence of our works.

Idols we may need to turn from include self-reliance, thinking we are strong enough or smart enough to handle everything in our lives on our own. Learn to rely on God and prayer for the things in life that are beyond your control.


James 2:26

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


Faith is our divine occupation and if we are going to straighten up and fly right we must have works of faith.

Not works because we think this will earn us a place in Heaven, but works that are the fruit of our faith in the grace of Christ to save us, to nourish us, to strengthen us and to drive us to want to do works because we are faithful.


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Poor But Showing Brotherly LoveLabor of Love Gauge

Love is a labor.

To love we must commit time and effort.

True love always cost us something – some kind of sacrificial giving.

There is no such thing as costless discipleship.

Love cost Jesus His life, at least until He rose again.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


Patience of Hope Gauge

Patience is born out of trials of life.

In our trials we may cry, but joy comes after, but we many times must have patience without giving up faith and love before we realize the joy.

Jesus did not meet His potential on earth, but met His purpose.

He didn’t heal everyone that was sick and He didn’t become wealthy or privileged amongst the Pharisees.

Jesus was more concerned with meeting His purpose than His potential.

Many times as Christians we are striving to meet our potential and we lose patience.

What we should be striving for is to find our purpose in Christ with patience of hope.


Luke 12:6-7

6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.


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Poor ChildrenFinding Your Divine Purpose

Pay attention to your spiritual gauges; work of faith, labor of love and patience of hope to straighten up and fly right and you will meet your divine purpose in Christ.

Do not put yourself down because you are God’s beloved and meant for His purpose for you. Rejoice that you are saved by grace and your divine purpose is to serve Christ and others and joyfully proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

Paying attention to this broad overview of spiritual purpose in Christ will naturally lead you to the details of what your divine purpose in life is, and if it is truly from God, it should lead you closer to Jesus and your Heavenly home.

There is a lot of need in the world, so seek to be a blessing to others in some way and ask God to direct you towards the ways you can be helpful.

If you do not know the Lord, but realize you want to be a part of the Jesus revolution to find the real purpose for your life that God has for you, consider this prayer to accept Jesus…

Dear Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, I believe you died for my sins and I believe you are risen from the dead, forgive me for my sins, come into my life and make me new, I surrender my life to you and I receive you as my Lord and my Savior, take my life and make it yours, thank you for your love. In Jesus’ Great Name Amen.

You can also seek out a descent Bible teaching Church in your area to attend and try some things from my Online Christian Resources page – Click Here to bring you closer to God through the study of His Word. I especially recommend Dr. David Jeremiah’s Daily Devotionals and Dr. J Vernon McGee’s Thru The Bible, both totally FREE.


Reference: Pastor Al Pittman, Calvary Worship Center, Colorado Springs, CO

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You may like my previous articles on Christian leadership qualities and finding hope in Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions or comments leave them below and I will be sure to reply as soon as possible.

Did this post help you better understand that God’s purpose for you lies within being a servant of Christ and others?

God Bless You,



Alexander, Believer and Follower of Christ

Hi Ladies and Gents, I am a born again Christian who attends Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs, CO. I really enjoy blogging about the Lord because it helps me to improve as a Christian. I hope you find my articles helpful if you are thinking of becoming a Christian or want to be a better Christian. Blessings.

Comments 12

  • Great to see a like minded Christian spreading the word here.  My website isn’t near as nice as yours, but I’m trying.  Thank you for the great site.  Great layout and great writing style.  I haven’t gotten down the whole pop-up subscription thing and haven’t found the best plugin to obtain subscriptions and notify subscribers when I post content.  Yours is fantastic!!!  Congrats and God Bless.

    • Hi John, thank you for your comment.

      I recommend the following FREE plugins: Email Subscribers to manage your list, Rainmaker to make good looking forms and Icegram for your popup.

      If you use Email Subscribers and something other than Icegram for your popup you will have problems with Email Subscribers not working properly.

      There are paid versions of these plugins, but I’m getting along just fine with the Free versions, so far.

      I hope this helps and Christ be with you.

  • This was a very interesting article.  I 100% have faith and believe.  I believe we will be rewarded for the good things we do in life.  I also know I dont go to church enough but its because I want to go to church where I can have some fun.  Please tell me that makes sense.  I would like to book mark and follow you to see what else I can learn about the entire religion thing.  I know my words aren’t great but Im hoping you get where Im coming from.

    • Hi Dale, thank you for your comment.

      Church can be fun depending on how you look at it. The important thing is to approach everything in life with a ‘what can I do or give’ attitude instead of ‘what am I going to get out of it’ attitude. When you do this you will find great joy in giving of yourself in multiple ways.

      God Bless You

  • I am a Christian also, and I am always so glad to see an article on your website.  You take a topic we all think about often, and you just simply break it down through the word of God.  It’s so funny because at church this Sunday (I attend the Life Church), the pastor was talking about this exact thing.  God forgives our sins if we believe in Jesus, but we are rewarded for our deeds on earth, and if we truly believe, Jesus will guide us and our hearts.  

    Awesome article on an awesome site!  God Bless you for your work for the Lord!

    • Hi Babsie, thank you for your encouraging comment.

      It is so refreshing to have Jesus guiding my life now – for the first part of my life I was going it alone and that was lonely and it ended badly. But when it did end, Jesus came into my life like a storm to give me peace, love, hope and joy. He is truly a great comfort to me and I can see He is for you, as well.

      Christ be with you.

  • Hello Alexander,

    What an honourable mission to call upon us to turn to the true faith. I consider myself a christian in faith, however in facts i have tremendous things to learn and to exercise in my earthly passage. You got yourself an extraordinary head start in this mission to make everything possible to help the word of our God to be seeded in everyone’s life. Is not an easy line to chose however as it is said that there will be challenges in our way and we must prevail.

    I believe that there are many things to do and your site will definitely be a part of the light that is brought into this world of shadows. Personally I am trying to put my hands and read all and everything that will grow and strengthen my faith. One of this sources is the Bible app (more specifically the YouVersion App ). It allows me to at least read once a day the word of our God, have a plan to read more and a reminder that there is a better truth outside for which we should be willing to fight.

    I commend your determination and way that you chose. I am pretty sure that at the end of the line there is a tremendous success waiting for you.  

    Good luck in your endeavours,


    • Yes, Adrian, planting seeds of faith in Jesus is my passion. I’m sure I will come across some negativity – already have – but with Christ as my guide and my shield, I have no fear to overcome any obstacles.

      It is good that you have that Bible app you like using to get connected to the Word of God. Getting connected to the Word of God leads to a great connection with Jesus and the Holy Spirit and will lead you into great things like opportunities to be of service to others.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment and God Bless You.

  • It sure can be a challenge to live upright in this upside down world. Every day things seem to be getting worse and worse. 

    How can we offer hope to those in despair? How do we show God’s love to a world so full of hate?

    Using the different “gauges” you suggest really seems like a great way to judge our own actions against what the Bible tells us we should be doing.

    Keep telling the truth, Brother!

    • There is a lot of hatred in the world, Karin, especially towards Christ and Christians, but I find hope in seeing many many Christians being of service to others through wonderful charitable organizations and other ways.

      There are a lot of good things that God is facilitating in the world, but you can never rely on the main stream media to tell you about the good going on, you have to discover it through other channels.

      No matter what happens keep your hope on Jesus as He has overcome the world and death.

      God Bless You

  • Wow…Great opportunity to agree  on something I hold very dear to me. The journey that I’m on with WA and in the USA since 2007 has been based on my faith  that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. He is King and redeemer of all. I like your views Alex and totally agree with, ‘faith without works’ is absolutely useless as a way to showcase Jesus’ Love for us. The Spirit of God is our guide and hope. I call it the first voice in anything I do. It’s from the heart. What do you think about it?

    • Absolutely, Tui, it is a wonderful thing to be guided by the Spirit of God (Jesus) step by step and day by day. There is a passage from I think Exodus that says the Lord provides our every need each and every day, nothing more and nothing less.

      It is so comforting to live by faith and then be lead to the works that are the fruit of the Spirit of God dwelling in us.

      I haven’t always had this to the extent I do now and I am blessed to share the ideas to develop a deeper faith in Jesus through my website. It makes me very happy that the Holy Spirit moves through me every week to maybe make a difference for better faith or new found faith in Jesus for my website visitors.

      God Bless You with the prosperity and happiness that is perfect for you.

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