Written by Josh Suiter

Have you ever struggled with what is your purpose? Why are you in the job you are in? Why did this certain thing happen to you? Why are you here?

In the summer of 2016, I was informed that my employer was making some changes and in those changes, I was losing my job. This was a job I poured myself into. I worked hard for them and when this news hit, I felt betrayed. I felt like my purpose had been ripped from me. I could have let this break me but instead I used it as a chance to shine. Three weeks after walking out of that building, I started a new job at The Chamber of St. Matthews. This move not only gave me a purpose, but it gave me a passion for my line of work to help small business owners.

6 and a half years later, I have been promoted to CEO and have an opportunity to help double the amount of members I was helping in 2018. I don’t tell you this to brag but to say that even when you least expect it, God is defining, or in my case – redefining – your purpose.

In John 7:37-39 (NIV), it says “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

2 Timothy 1:9 says “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.”

Jesus’ life has a purpose that saves our souls. His death gave us salvation. And his followers are told in John 7:39 that they will not receive the Holy Spirit until He has been glorified. Sometimes God’s purpose doesn’t look the way we think it should or occur in the time we think it should.

My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But I am going to add in verse 12 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” During my time of unemployment, I was praying continuously for God to send me to the right place. I would read Jeremiah 29:11-12 daily and I knew God has a plan for me. But I had to wait to hear it.

It took a pay cut from my previous job, a further drive to work and a need to trust him more than ever for God to reveal my purpose to me. I am now more confident than ever that I know my purpose and that purpose fuels my passion. But I had to trust God and know that He has it all worked out.

Are you stuck in a job you don’t like? Are you struggling with your purpose? What’s holding you back from living the life in purpose that God has for you?

Do you trust Him to lead you to that life of purpose? He’s already created the path, you just have to walk it and trust him.

One Response to “Purpose”

  1. Harvey Hamilton says:

    We are proud of you Josh👍😊

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