Tony Evans
How you can discover
God’s purpose for your life

by Dr. Tony Evans


One day a man went to the doctor because he was in excruciating pain. The doctor asked him, “Where does it hurt?” The man answered, “All over.” So the doctor told him to touch his shoulder. When he touched his shoulder, he cried out in pain.

Next, the doctor told him to touch his forehead. So he touched his forehead and cried out in pain again. Then the doctor told him to touch his knee. He touched his knee and winced in pain. He said, “Doctor, everywhere I touch, I’m in pain.” The doctor thoroughly examined the man and concluded, “No wonder you are in pain everywhere you touch-you have a dislocated finger!”

Now you and I may laugh at the ridiculousness of this man’s situation, but I know many people who are acting the exact same way he did. They feel like everything in their life is wrong, but, in fact, there’s just one thing that’s wrong and it affects everything else. And that one thing is that many are living a life without purpose. They are simply going through the motions… existing day by day, weighed down by the emptiness of a life without meaning.

Many people feel like everything in their life is wrong, but in fact there’s just one thing that’s wrong and it affects everything else. And that one thing is that many are living a life without purpose.

Purpose is not measured by what you have done compared to what someone else has done. Rather, it’s measured by what you have done compared to what you are supposed to do. And the only way to know what you are supposed to do is to walk closely with the One who created you. It is in experiencing God that your purpose will be made known.

One of the greatest benefits of a close relationship with your heavenly Father is in His ability to guide, direct, and prepare you for the purpose He has for your life. And when you truly embrace the principle found in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God,” you’ll experience the abundant joy that Christ has promised you.

When you discover that joy, you’ll no longer be spending your energy trying to see if this plan will work, if that relationship will work, if this job will work, or if that path will work. Because when you know that God is God-and you seek closeness with Him-He’ll show you the right path, job, spouse, relationships, meaning, and purpose for your life!

If you want to discover God’s purpose for your life, start by experiencing God.

If you want to discover God’s purpose for your life, start by experiencing God. Don’t go looking for His will; look for Him. It’s in the close, abiding intimacy with the Father that you will discover and live out the destiny He has purposed for you.