Two words can help you to focus on how you release God’s nature into the world.
One word is an aspect of God’s nature that you most resonate with, and the second is how you individually reflect that aspect.
God is ALL the things. He is ruler and servant. He is interested in the big picture and in the small details. He is a scientist and an artist, a warrior and a gardener. He has the wisdom of the Ancient of Days and the joy of a child at play. You and I, however, are finite. We have been given SOME of these qualities and as we grow in maturity these can be the way people see God through us. Robin Chaddock in her book “Discovering Your Divine Assignment: A Step-by-Step Plan for Living Out Your Purpose and Passion,” says
"None of us has all of God’s traits, but buried inside each of us is at least one that God wants us to champion…”
You need to know
what aspect of God’s nature you most resonate with
how you best reflect that into the world
how to use these as a two word purpose statement
What Makes You Hum?
When a tuning fork is struck near the strings of a piano, the string with the same frequency as the turning fork will begin to vibrate and emit the same note. This is resonance. What do you love the most about the Lord? What makes you want to “Amen” when you hear it proclaimed? What brings tears to your eyes? With what do you resonate? Narrow this down to one descriptive noun. You could call this your "God-Frequency." I have chosen“wisdom" as the quality that I most desire to reflect. Wisdom is my God-Frequency!
How Do You Reflect?
This second word is a verb, an action word, and it describes how you best operate as you reflect your Father’s Image into the world. You could think of this as your Method. Do you declare, teach or counsel? Do you advocate or encourage? Enable? Assist? I personally love the word “illuminate,” because I love the idea of lighting up God’s Word so that people get an AHA.
How Do You Put It Together?
When you put your two words together, VERB+NOUN (Method+God-Frequency), you have a purpose statement that will help you think about how you can best live to release God’s nature to other people. My two word purpose statement, for example, is “Illuminate Wisdom.” I have helped clients develop these statements: Awaken Beauty, Establish Understanding, Lavish Hospitality, Encourage Connection. Can you see the beautiful variety God has sprinkled throughout the Church?
Click here for a helpful list of words from which you may choose.
Nothing is set in stone here, it’s just a tool. But I’ve found this two word purpose statement helpful as I consider how best to use my time and energy in serving the Lord. It also helps keep me from comparing myself with others and their ministries.
I love how The Message paraphrases Galatians 1:4-5:
“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”
Now, go forth and resonate!