Carl Trueman on Our Purpose and God’s Love

more than a few of us in the church also fall for the `God has a special purpose for my life’ line. This is often simply a way of saying `I believe myself to be uniquely important and indispensable.’ Actually, we are not; none of us are. There is always somebody else who could do our jobs better; and let us not kid ourselves — there is probably somebody else who could have married our spouse and made them just as happy, if not more so. God’s love for us is exceptional, not because we are unique, but because we are not so; not because he needs us; but because he does not need us at all.

–Carl Trueman, On Skinny Bimbos Who Can (Possibly) Sing, And God’s Divine Plan

Although there is less emphasis on ‘finding our purpose’ lately, I think God has more of it planned out than many would realize and we should be focusing more on what pleases God in general as opposed to being so anxious about what our purpose is.

We, like Peter,
have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood
1 Peter 1:2

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10


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