You and I have a purpose. That's clear from Ephesians 2:10, which says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." To think that God prepared something specifically for me makes me, well, curious. What could these things be?
When I thought of "good works," I usually thought of boy scout kinds of stuff...helping an old lady to cross the street - you know, random acts of kindness. In my mind, the Christian life was pretty much go about your business, stay out of trouble, and do helpful things along the way. But that phrase "good works" can be translated "noble purpose." And I like that. The Message paraphrases it this way: "He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing." My life is not about doing my thing and being good as I go. It is about joining Him in the work He is doing, finding my assignment under the umbrella of His Eternal Purpose. It's about leaving the plow and joining the army. It's about giving up lesser things to pick up the equipment provided by God Almighty and taking the mountain He has assigned to you.
Hey, I AM an old lady! If you see that I need help to cross the street, please help me. But don't mistake that for your purpose. It's much, much more.