“For my determined purpose is that I may know Him {that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly}, –.” (Phil. 3:10 Amp.) 

To begin with, our primary purpose is to become deeply acquainted with Jesus. We are to know Him intimately, increasingly becoming transformed (in spirit into His likeness). Our desire and focus are to be on Jesus, to live purposely for Him. As our relationship with Him deepens, we gradually become more like Him. 

There are other areas, however, where we are to live on purpose: 

1)      Purpose to raise children and grandchildren in a Godly manner. (Prov. 22:6)

2)      Purpose to get along with spouse, family, and others. (Col. 3:13; Ephes. 5:2)

3)      Purpose to live a Godly, set-apart life no matter what. (2Tim. 3:12)

4)      Purpose to be obedient to God’s Word. (1Pet. 1:2)

5)      Purpose to draw closer to God and He will draw closer to you. (James 4:8) 

When we set our hearts to live on purpose, it may mean changing our thought patterns.

(Rom. 8:5; Col. 3:2; Ephes. 4:23; Phil. 4:7) 

Prov. 29:18 tells us that without a vision people perish. (Some translations say there is lawlessness)

Without a purpose in life there is no hope for the heart. When people feel hopeless and directionless, depression sets in. When depression sets in, people tend to just do as they please, live as they please, and in some cases, not live at all. 

Our desire to know what our purpose in life is has been given to us by the Lord. It is a desire that He places in our hearts. Why, because He has created each of us for a purpose. 

You may not know God’s specific plan for your life right now, but continue to walk in obedience to His Word, staying focused on Him and the task He has given you to do now. (2Tim. 3:16) 

Distractions will come; interferences will come through many avenues, deal with them, but continue to remain focused on the Lord. (Heb. 12:2) 

If God has placed something in your heart, set your heart and mind to prepare for what He is preparing for you; do not give up because things seem slow in coming to pass. Be who God created you to be and His plan for you will unfold. 

Remember, Jesus is our high calling; walk in this, walk toward this. Stay focused and keep walking with the Lord in obedience. As we do this, He promises to direct our steps. (Prov. 3:5-7) 

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

Therefore, do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephes. 5:15-17)