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I started writing this as I prepared for “FOR HER CONFERENCE”. While it was written to fit in and communicate to the women folks, this will richly bless the lives of anyone who reads to the end regardless of gender. This is not entirely the teaching I did at FOR HER CONFERENCE 

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A woman who lacks direction of life is the woman who has not discovered her place in Christ. The fate of a woman without purpose is that her life on earth will be an absolute waste, living on earth without the ability to fulfill the purpose of her design. God never designed any of us to just come to earth, occupy space, eat food and die away just like that. 

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Truth is, you may achieve so many success in life without still fulfilling your purpose, people may celebrate you but inside of you, you know there is something remaining. 

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No man was created to be a doctor; no man was created to be a lawyer or any profession you can mention, whatever you become on earth is something you decided to become, God doesn’t force career on people. However, when you know the purpose why you were made, it will guide your choices in life, the kind of man you want in your life, the kind of job you will do, the kind of friends you associate yourself with and all that.

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A woman who is travelling to Lagos from Onitsha knows that the bus is not her destination; she is only using the bus as a means or strategy of getting to where she is going to. At some point, she may stop at Ore to get some food and continue her journey, she knows Ore is not her final destination and therefore she will be quick to leave Ore and continue her journey. Your career is simply a strategy of fulfilling purpose if you know why you were made.

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Skill acquisitions, seminars, career school and all those personal development schemes are very wonderful, it has helped in giving people helpful career choices but unfortunately, taking mastery over these hings can only guarantee you a job but not fulfillment. Fulfillment comes from knowing why you are on earth and facing it squarely.

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Life is useless for a man or woman who has not known why he or she is here. In Ecclesiastes 1&2, we see a wise king questioning the very essence of life, a man whose wisdom was sought for from far and near, a man whose wealth surpassed that of any king who ever lived and a man who had enough respect from people but life was still meaningless to him, living was just like chasing the wind and he wanted to find fulfillment but couldn’t. His wisdom wasn’t enough, his money wasn’t enough, and his many wives were not enough! In search of fulfillment he did all manner of things but yet in none of those things did he find fulfillment. His own near conclusion of matter was that life is useless, God has laid a miserable fate upon us, and God’s ways are mysterious and all that… Why did he felt that way? He was looking for fulfillment from things that has no eternal value.

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To discover your purpose, you must quit looking from within and start looking to your maker. Your maker has the manual of your life, the job description fit for you and the purpose for which you have been made. The wise king made all manner of mistakes because he was looking for purpose in self. He got himself in so many troubles, marrying 700 wives and 300 concubines are enough trouble… It was at the end that he had a little insight of why man was made, (Eccl 12:13) “have reverence for God and obey his commands, because this is all that human beings were created for”.

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This leads me into a very deeper teaching. Women are often considered an afterthought, a secondary idea, an add-on to an original idea and this view of women has gone a long way in crippling what the woman could do. This is not another feminism campaign; this is a time for the hard truth. In God’s original plan, there was just the human kind and the human kind have every of God’s blessings. The purpose of a woman is never the man; the purpose of the woman is God. Let me show you something

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Ephesians 2:10 “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do” 

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There was no variation here, Paul was writing to both gender, the woman was not created to please the man but to please God! The bible says all things were created for God’s pleasure! Revelation 4:11NLT “For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased”, Collosians 1:16 (Also read Psalm 139:13, 16). You were made for one purpose…. FOR GOD’S GLORY & PLEASURE. God derives pleasure from you and you live for His pleasure. God designed you for himself and not for the man! 

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One big misconception people have is that God made man in His image and made the woman in the image of man. This is not true; God created us all in His image and called everyone ADAM, including the women. It was the male that gave the females the title “WOMAN”. In Galatians 3:28, Paul made a shocking remark “In Christ there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ”.

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There is no other way to discover purpose except in Christ. And in truth, we don’t discover purpose by ourselves even in Christ, He leads us to fulfill purpose. He knows the purpose of our making and fulfills it through us if we let Him. God works in us both to will and to do, we only respond to what God is doing in us.
 Who then is a woman of purpose? She is that woman who follows after Christ, that woman who knows she is living for Christ and in Christ. This directs her steps; this will make her live her life for God and not for man. Hey, when you are in a serious relationship with a man, he is not doing you a favor; you are only contributing to his life to make him better. Women who live for the man wakes and dresses for the man. They die away insignificantly. It was said that “women are like flowers that wither away…” It is not true, Jesus didn’t say it, and God didn’t say it too! Only women who have not found their place in Christ withers away like flowers and same is applicable to men!  

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Knowing that you were made for Christ puts you in the place of responsibility! You need to secure your place in Christ by surrendering to Him first (if you have not done that). Jesus is the one who drives people to their destinies. Jesus is saying “come unto me and I will show you who you are, I will lift up those burdens of confusion and give you rest”, Jesus is implying that you were created for himself, resting in Christ is part of the deal. It is great to pursue a career, to get married and have kids but fulfillment is not in those things!

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King Solomon had all the women, children, money and other things he wanted. He attended all the concerts he wanted but he was confused about life. Gone are the days when it seemed women are forced into accepting who they are not, gone are the days when a woman is forced to marry a man she doesn’t want! Hey woman! We marry in the vision and not outside the vision, we walk and love in the knowledge of who we are and not in the wrong identities people have given to us. If you are a woman, you must give your life a definition; you must set boundaries for yourself and walk in line with your purpose… Your purpose is Christ.

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Your life is not tied to marriage or relationship, your life is Christ! Check out Colossians 3:4.

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This means, you don’t get crazy for any kind of man, this means the only man you can trip for is that man who is going where you are going and when you meet that man he will also be tripping for you because you possess what he is yearning for and he possess what you are looking for which is the ability to unite force and present a picture of Christ and his church.

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Why do girls go to the university and mess up? Because they are yet to discover who they are. Some are looking for identity in a rich man, some are just bent on changing their surname to that of a man, some are just bent on getting married to a rich man, some are just bent on making the money and answering ‘boss ladies’ but hey! Even if all the men in this world bow at your feet, you will still know that you are living for nothing if Jesus is not living inside of you. If Jesus isn’t your life, it is impossible to live for God.

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The woman of purpose is that woman who has discovered her place in Christ and not a woman who controls money. Anybody can make money, just work hard, follow certain principles and you start making money but to fulfill purpose? Just believe in Jesus and allow yourself to be guided by His word. Let me tell you, there is no other way to fulfill purpose than to be a “Jesuscentric” person! Be that woman who places Jesus at the center! When Jesus is the central figure of your life, your life revolves around Him. You are not a mistake. Just like the galaxy revolves round the sun, let your life, your relationships, your career and everything you do revolve round Jesus. My friend would tell me “why I never dated him was because Jesus isn’t the central figure in his life. I wonder what I should be doing with a man who doesn’t regard Jesus the way I regard him, a man who will not show me Jesus… I want a man I see Jesus in.” 

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Desperation will not let so many women stand on this. Many of our believing women will settle for any kind of man because they have been made to think they were created for the man. A purpose driven woman stops to ask “where do I belong?” “Why must I do this?”… A purpose driven woman asks questions, she is not afraid to be different from others!

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Finally, a woman of purpose is a woman who is doing what God intends her to do and a woman who is what God intends her to be. As a wife, mother, leader or just a student, you are like Christ. You are just one person people look up to when they want to have a feeling of Christ. How do you follow this purpose? Check out MATTHEW 22:36-39, MATTHEW 28:19-20

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There is a goal you must pursue, “forgetting what lies behind, I press towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13-14. Put away your past, put away those things you couldn’t get right, the mistakes you have made and the challenges you couldn’t overcome! Put them away and press on, as you press on you need the right people around you, you need people who are mature in Christ, you need people who are heading the same way as you… That is why the Church is a community, a community of saints where you meet and interact with other sound believers. God designed us to function as a community; you cannot fulfill purpose by walking alone. Find a serious Church, a serious organization where you can serve, learn and make serious friends.

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I am not an anti-relationship person, if you must be in a relationship; don’t settle for any kind of person. Remember, Jesus must be at the centre of it all. You must also allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you even when there are voices. God takes any willing Christian along regardless of how hurt, broken and afraid she is. Her past may be terrible, her past maybe hurting so much, she may have had a serious abominable past but if she can just decide to follow Jesus, God can turn that life around and bring in his own beauty! The best thing that happened to the woman of Samaria was meeting Jesus, her direction changed entirely! Look at the adulterous woman, the best thing her enemies did to her was to drag her to the feet of Jesus, right there at that feet of the master, she became a woman with direction! God can fix any man or woman, God can use any man or woman… You just have to yield yourself to Him.

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God bless you!

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#GracefulGeorge

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