When we think about purpose we don’t necessarily think about owning our purpose. However, as the Lord was breaking down the letters of the word purpose, he said the letter “o” represents ownership. This ownership is not just referring to a business or a non-profit, but has to deal with understanding the cost of your purpose.
Ownership indicates that there has been an exchange, either in the form of a purchase or a gift. As it pertains to purpose, we have been given an anointing, a gift to fulfill the call on our lives. However, to take ownership of that purpose, we have to receive the gift. For example, my husband bought me some items for my birthday. Although I said thank you, if I never use the gifts I’ve actually never received them or taken ownership of them. The first gift we need to accept is the gift of a relationship with the purpose giver himself, Jesus Christ. There’s no point trying to walk in purpose without a relationship with Jesus. He is the one who will give you the strategies you need to fulfill that purpose. If you don't know Jesus as your personal Lord and savior, simply confess that you are a sinner and that you want to surrender your life to Jesus. This is based on Romans 10:9-10, and once you’ve done this your relationship with Jesus begins.
So now that you have that relationship, here’s some things that you can do to take ownership of your purpose:
1. Believe God. Mark 9:23 says that all things are possible to those who believe. So how do you believe God? Whatever he says to do you do it. God told Noah to build an ark because he was going to bring a flood. Noah built the ark and built it according to the specifications God gave him (Genesis 6:14-16, 22). Abraham believed that he would be the father of many nations, even though God asked him to sacrifice his only son (Genesis 22:1-5, 10-19).
2. Confess the word or the promise. Looking at the life of Abraham it would have seemed that God did not know what he was talking about. God changed Abram’s name to Abraham so that whenever he said his name or someone said his name he would hear “father of many nations”. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 4:17 says that Abraham called those things that be not as though they are. Speaking the word builds up your faith and helps you believe that what God said will come to pass.
3. Don’t fight the process. Earlier we mentioned the need to understand the cost of the anointing. Walking in purpose means that we are going to have to make sacrifices, deal with rejections, backbiters, haters, etc. Just like Jesus, when suffering arises, we have to say not my will but thy will be done (Luke 22:42). We also have to remember that the suffering is a catalyst for the manifestation of our purpose (2 Corinthians 4:17).
So as you are striving to walk in purpose, just remember to take ownership. Receive the gift of Jesus, believe God, confess the word and don’t fight the process. Until next week….
Be blessed, but first comes obedience.