Why Your Purpose Needs To Be Humble

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Humility begins with my purposeful desire to love, know and trust God completely. More of Him. Less of me. Be humble - it's your purpose.

I have one purpose in my life.

It took me a long time to understand that fact.

The word purpose is defined as – the reason something was made or created. The reason it exists.

I believed I was created to be a wife and mom, a teacher, and a child of God. But those are my roles. They’re not my purpose.

My singular purpose is to love and trust God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

Surrendering my life to Him. Trusting His plans and purposes. Following His will.

Making my focus…

Knowing Him and Making Him known. 

I love how Rick Warren started The Purpose Driven Life…

“It’s not about you.”

Where humility begins.

Trusting you and I were made by and for God, the Creator of the universe.
Believing this holy just God loves us so much He sacrificed His Son, Jesus, for us.
And… Surrendering all we are, all we think, all we do and say to the power of His Holy Spirit.

That’s my purpose. It sounds simple, but it’s not. Life with all of its distractions and temptations get in the way. And of course, there’s also my sinful nature that keeps shouting, “Me. Me. Me.”

There is only one way to make trusting God my singular purpose and that is to start every day with the following prayer.

Lord, You “must become greater and I must become less.”
Help me through your grace and mercy
by the power of Your Spirit. Amen

John 3:30

I used to trust God with my eternal life, but not with my daily life.
After all, look around . . . bad things happen.

My problem was weak faith. I simply didn’t believe God was great enough to sustain me through a major crisis or tragedy.

I was wrong.

He proved Himself to be more than able . . . always.

Humility begins with my purposeful desire to love, know and trust God completely. More of Him. Less of me. Be humble - it's your purpose. te

His faithfulness convinced me…

I can trust Him to have my best interest at heart.
I can believe that every Word and promise is absolute truth.
I can be confident He will meet my every need with love.

A couple of weeks ago, I finished my prayer time by asking the Lord to tell me something He wanted me to know and share with you.

And my spirit heard…

I am involved in every detail of your life.

I see
I care.
I am with you.
I love you. 


You can trust Me. 

David said in Psalm 131:

Lord, I have given up my pride
    and turned away from my arrogance.
I am not concerned with great matters
    or with subjects too difficult for me.
Instead, I am content and at peace.
As a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms,
    so my heart is quiet within me.
Israel, trust in the Lord
    now and forever!

Turn away from pride and arrogance.
Accepting who I am with
Child-like faith.

Jesus—great in every area of my life.
Me . . . humble, content, and at peace.

 Be humble under God’s powerful hand so He will lift you up when the right time comes. Give all your worries to Him, because He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6–7

You and I are humble because of who He is.
We are humble because of what He does.
We are humble because He is trustworthy.

And the best news is…
He cares. He loves. 
He is the Great, I AM. 

More of Him. Less of me. Why your purpose needs to be humble.

Quotes by Andrew Murray to Inspire You

“Humility is the only soil in which the graces root; the lack of humility is the sufficient explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with others; it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God, and allows Him as God to do all.”

“Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.”

“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.”

“Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust.”

“The call to humility has been too little regarded in the church because its true nature and importance have been too little apprehended. It is not something that we bring to God, or that He bestows; it is simply the sense of entire nothingness that comes when we see how truly God is everything.”

For me, Humility begins with my purposeful desire to love, know and trust God completely.

That is my prayer. My heart’s desire. My purpose.

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23 thoughts on “Why Your Purpose Needs To Be Humble

  1. Beautiful, Deb. I was taught as a young child that my purpose was to know, love and serve God in this world to be happy with Him in the next. I only recently have begun to internalize this. I am working on not just knowing about Him, but actually knowing Him.

    1. What a blessing to be taught knowing, loving, and serving God as your purpose from early on. And knowing Him is the reason for The Faith Project this year. I agree . . . I spent much of my life knowing about Him. Now, I just want to know Him and make Him known. His grace overwhelms me. Blessings!

  2. So inspiring today, Deb, as always! We do need to recognize it is never about us, but all about our loving, caring, seeing God. Today, I surrender all to Him!

    1. Your encouragement alway blesses me, Martha. That’s my prayer, too. To surrender everything to Him every day. Blessings to you as well!

  3. “To know God and make him known” — I loved that phrase so much that we adopted that as our family motto. It’s an easy way to remind our kids that our purpose is to get to know God for ourselves and share Him with others.
    Love this, Deb!

    1. What an awesome family motto. I love it! Keeping the Lord our focus always. We have a church nearby that ends every service by saying those words together. God’s blessings, my friend!

  4. What a challenging word, Deb!
    I’m encouraged and exhorted by your words.
    To make our goal to know Him, love Him, and trust Him no matter what!
    Thank you for allowing God to use you to speak to my heart today!

    1. Thank you, Melanie! I am always blessed when what I know I need to learn helps someone else. More of Him. That’s my prayer. Blessings to you!

  5. You said it well. I love this post. I was thinking about what the opposite of humility is (pride) and about how much it’s at the root of so much evil. I believe you’re right. Our one purpose in life, loving and trusting God, is tied right into humility.

  6. Deb, This sentence stood out to me: “My singular purpose is to love and trust God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).” That is why we are here…and it seems to relate to the greatest commandment too. Some times I need to remind myself, it’s not about me!


  7. This is wonderful, Deb! I love Andrew Murray’s book, Humility. I really love that it’s not about us. Such an encouraging word today that we all need to hear! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Hi Deb,

    I read this insightful post as I was waiting for your link party to go live. This post is packed with spiritual truth that my heart needed to hear. I enjoyed it all, but what spoke to my heart in particular was David’s prayer when he said he is content and at peace, like a child who lies quietly in his mother’s arms. What a picture of resting in Christ and trusting in God. I love the Andrew Murray quotes too. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. I really love this. I’ve been thinking about humility a lot this week. I taught a lesson this past week at church where the instruction manual described humility as being a “willingness to learn”. I’d never heard it put that way, but it’s really got me thinking this week. Am I ready to learn, or am I trying to teach Heavenly Father?
    So reading this post was pretty cool. Thank you 🙂

  10. I’m taking this all in. I could read this over and over. This is what I long for. This is what I’m learning. To be humble. To have the kind of trust in Jesus that rests quietly in His arms. The kind of trust that infuses peace and contentment into the soul. Loving others with a humble spirit void of pride. What an encouraging post!

  11. thank you for an enlightening post looking forward to reading more of your post visiting from sincerely paula have a great week zen hugs

  12. I can trust Him to have my best interest at heart. I can believe that every Word and promise is absolute truth.
    I can be confident He will meet my every need with love. ~ A beautiful reminder, Deb. Thanks for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

  13. This is so uplifting and inspiring to me today. I have been through a torrid time and have just handed all to my Lord and Savior. He is amazing and faithful. I am blessed.

  14. Praising JESUS up for the anointing gifts that He has given to you sister, and thank you for your willingness to share.
    I’m encouraged, inspired and blessed to have found this reading and look forward to more of your shared works. Blessings to you and your family in His precious name.

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