Dr. Myles Munroe takes a quite different route in helping people discover their purpose. To fully get Dr. Myles Munroe’s messages on the discovery of purpose, you need to understand some basic truths about God and how He created life and man.
One of the attributes of God as described in the Bible is that He declares the end from the beginning, and tells from ancient times, things that are to come. What this means is that God sees the future, both because He lives in eternity, and primarily because He created the future.
Before God creates any man, He first creates the future of that man. God says in heaven, “this is the end to which this man should exist, now let’s make him begin.”
We saw that happen during the creation of man. God already predetermined the reason for which He was creating man– to have dominion over the earth He had created– before He created man.
Also, He predetermined what role the woman was coming to play– a helper to the man– before He created her.
This gives us a clear picture that God is a God of predestination. Everything He creates, He creates because He has found a void that needs to be filled. This tells us that no human does not exist for a specific purpose.
However, this also tells us that because every creation is created specifically to fill a void, that creation will be specially designed to best suit that void. So when God created man for dominion over the earth, he had wired him for dominion. He put in him the desire and abilities for dominion.
This, then, can give us direction as to what each man is created to do. Where your desires and abilities naturally gravitate towards shows which void you were created to fill. But not at face value, though.
You cannot fully discover what you were created for (your purpose) apart from God (the giver of purpose).
Although at a general level, the purpose of man is to dominate the earth, the Bible tells us that we are individually formed with specific details (Psalm 139). This means that we are expected to function in specific roles in fulfilling the general assignment of dominion. If we were all to do the same thing, we would have been made all the same.
Your personality, physical characteristics, abilities, gifts, and everything that makes you distinct from everyone else is therefore not a mere product of biology but an intentional combination for a specific purpose.
Now here we are!
Dr. Myles Munroe has provided some set of questions that everyone can ask themselves, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to reach the innermost essence for which they were created.
The purpose of these questions is to help you explore your purpose built into you already. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has put eternity (Hebrew: the future, a sense of purpose) into us. Our assignment is therefore to come in contact with what has been planted into us.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMPC
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
9 Questions That Will Help You Discover God’s Purpose For Creating You
1. What is my deepest desire?
What are your deepest desires for the kind of life you want to live? They were planted by God.
2. What do I want to leave as a contribution to my generation?
Your purpose is always about contribution. It must be something that would benefit humanity: no matter how big or little it looks.
3. What is that idea that never leaves me?
If your desires are forced on you by the environment, they won’t stay for too long. But when it’s God’s purpose, it keeps haunting you. The idea keeps coming back again and again.
4. What do I constantly imagine about the future?
Imagination is the only way what is in our hearts can come to our minds. They are more than mere thoughts. Your imaginations about the future that NEVER LEAVES YOU were planted in there by God.
5. What am I truly passionate about?
What are those things that you don’t get tired of doing or pursuing even if there is no motivation or reward? Those are your passions. Something you get engrossed in that you forget to eat or sleep, and get energized and feel rewarded by doing the very act.
Note: your passion is not in consumption, it’s in production. If you are so engrossed in consuming something that you forget to eat or sleep (eg watching movies and playing games), that is not passion. Passion is something you bring forth or produce, something that is work but you get energized doing.
6. If I cannot fail, what will I do?
Most times we push away our desires unconsciously because we have concluded we can’t have them. Putting away the possibility of failure will help you see what you want better especially if it’s something that seems big.
7. What is the most important thing I wish I could do?
If you only have the opportunity to make one contribution to the world or your environment among all the possible contributions you can make, what will that be? Begin to work towards that thing.
8. What are my constant and recurring dreams?
What do you keep hoping will happen even after several years of not happening?
9. What will bring me the greatest fulfillment?
If you were to look back at your life after living, what would you be most grateful and proud of you did?
You shouldn’t be afraid of casting away what your environment has caged you into, and sincerely answering these questions because, whether you like what the answers are or not, those childhood desires, before they got corrupted by society, were built into you by God.