Your Ultimate Purpose is Already Inscribed on Your Heart

When we become Christ followers, our core identity shifts. Rebel becomes righteous. Sinner becomes sanctified. Carnal becomes chaste. Our old heart was stony, stubborn, and sinful. But our new heart is tender, teachable, and thankful. We don’t need to travel the world to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts! [Tweet "We don’t need to travel to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts!"] Hebrews 10:6 says, "I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

I moved away from home when I was 17, searching for something more than my small town could provide.

I traveled the globe for three years, from the outback of Australia to the mountains of British Columbia, in pursuit of my purpose.

So when I felt a strong call of the Lord to return to my hometown, I quickly turned up the volume of the Van Morrison CD that was playing on loop in my Honda Accord in hopes that it would drown out the voice of the Lord.

It didn’t work.
So home I went.

To say that I had a bad attitude about this move back home would be the understatement of the century.

But I knew that it would have been disobedience for me to disregard the call of the Lord, so I reluctantly submitted.

“It will just be for a few months,” I convinced myself, “God surely has bigger and better things planned for me than this.”

It took a while, but eventually I found everything I was longing for and more.

Right here in my hometown.

While I thought I would find my purpose “somewhere out there”, God gently called me back home —where I discovered that my true purpose was already written upon my heart.

When we become Christ followers, our core identity shifts. Rebel becomes righteous. Sinner becomes sanctified. Carnal becomes chaste. Our old heart was stony, stubborn, and sinful. But our new heart is tender, teachable, and thankful. We don’t need to travel the world to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts! [Tweet "We don’t need to travel to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts!"] Hebrews 10:6 says, "I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

When we accept the free gift of Salvation through the redemptive sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, a beautiful transformation occurs within our hearts.

Ezekiel 36:26 says, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

This was a promise spoken over Israel if they were to turn from their evil ways and repent, yet it is also a foreshadowing of the atoning work of Jesus Christ completed at the cross, a free gift to all who believe.

When we become Christ followers, our core identity shifts.

Rebel becomes righteous.
Sinner becomes sanctified.
Carnal becomes consecrated.

Our old heart was stony, stubborn, and sinful. But our new heart is tender, teachable, and thankful.

We don’t need to travel the world to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our new hearts!

Hebrews 10:6 says, “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

God’s law is not restrictive, it is restorative.
God’s law is not antiquated, it is innovative.
God’s law is not perplexing, it is straightforward.

When we become Christ followers, our core identity shifts. Rebel becomes righteous. Sinner becomes sanctified. Carnal becomes chaste. Our old heart was stony, stubborn, and sinful. But our new heart is tender, teachable, and thankful. We don’t need to travel the world to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts! Hebrews 10:6 says, "I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

It does not matter where you choose to live, who you choose to marry, what you choose to do with your life.

Your purpose will never change.

Jesus Christ summed up all of the law and prophets in Matthew 22:37-40 (TLB):

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others.”

Love God; love others.
This is our purpose.
Written upon our hearts.

When we become Christ followers, our core identity shifts. Rebel becomes righteous. Sinner becomes sanctified. Carnal becomes chaste. Our old heart was stony, stubborn, and sinful. But our new heart is tender, teachable, and thankful. We don’t need to travel the world to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts! [Tweet "We don’t need to travel to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts!"] Hebrews 10:6 says, "I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

When you are at your “9 to 5” —love God; love others.
When you are nursing a fussy babe —love God; love others.
When you are struggling to find your way —love God; love others.

It’s so tempting to over-complicate our Christian faith, yet that is the very thing Paul warns against in 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB):

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

My purpose is written upon my heart by the very One who created and redeemed me.

Simplicity and purity.
Love God; love others.
Do not be led astray.

I used to think that bigger and better was part of my destiny.

Thankfully, my desire for bigger and better is slowly being replaced with a longing for small and significant.

Small and significant is exactly how Jesus lived, and it’s exactly how He has called us to live.

When we become Christ followers, our core identity shifts. Rebel becomes righteous. Sinner becomes sanctified. Carnal becomes chaste. Our old heart was stony, stubborn, and sinful. But our new heart is tender, teachable, and thankful. We don’t need to travel the world to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts! [Tweet "We don’t need to travel to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our hearts!"] Hebrews 10:6 says, "I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

When we choose to love God and love others with every breath, everything else falls into place.

No matter where you are.
No matter what you are doing.
Love God; love others.
Simplicity and purity.
Do not be led astray.

When we stop searching for our purpose “somewhere out there,” we discover that it is already written on our hearts.

If you were to pull your life purpose statement straight from the Bible, what would it be?  I will share mine in the comments, and I would love for you to do the same.

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Sarah Koontz

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  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

69 thoughts on “Your Ultimate Purpose is Already Inscribed on Your Heart

    1. Knowing what our purpose is and truly living it out are quite different things, aren’t they Lisa? Joining you in praying that we can successfully implement this truth into our daily lives.

  1. He’s such a good God, isn’t He? My head is nodding with you as I read this post, Sarah. Here’s my favorite line you’ve written: “We don’t need to travel the world to find our purpose, because God has written it upon our new hearts!”
    Amen, my friend. Amen. Visiting via #testimonyTuesday

  2. Oh, how this has freshened and rejuvenated my soul this morning, sweet friend! I love when you said “When we become Christ followers, our core identity shifts. Rebel becomes righteous. Sinner becomes sanctified. Carnal becomes consecrated.” So thankful for this and for the purpose we have in Christ. Thankful for you too!

  3. I absolutely love this, Sarah! Recently I’ve been acutely aware of the centrality of God’s love in our everyday, yet lifelong purpose. I kept thinking: ‘God’s love trumps all!’ (No pun intended.) Thanks for beautifully affirming all that I have been feeling. Love this: ‘Simplicity and purity. Love God; love others. Do not be led astray.’ Thanks for blessing me!

    1. Carlie, it’s all too simple yet entirely too complicated isn’t it? God’s love truly does trump all, and when we focus on Him our lives seem to simplify tremendously…yet we often grow weary and allows our eyes to shift to the troubles of this world. Praying that we both continue to focus on God’s love in our everyday.

  4. “It does not matter where you choose to live, who you choose to marry, what you choose to do with your life. Your purpose will never change.” Such a simple yet profound interpretation of the word. You have a gift of transferring knowledge. You are a blessing.

    1. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I’ve never been told that I have a gift of transferring knowledge, yet that is my deepest desire…so thank you for confirming my calling 😉

  5. Too often we’re all searching for our “purpose” in our life when you’re right, God already created it in us! I also love that the more we become like Christ, the more we become who we were meant to be – not changing who we were. 🙂

    1. It’s easier to look outward than to gaze inward, don’t you think? Yet in order to achieve what we were purposed to achieve, we must listen to our heart (and that requires introspection). Thanks for stopping by and livening up the conversation around here. I appreciate you.

  6. What a great story you share here Sarah and the wisdom that seeps out is inspiring. I had every intention of becoming a model/movie star after high school. In fact me and my girlfriend met with an agency. ( she wanted to model too) I even did some voice over tests for Excedrin and Dr. Pepper but God had completely different plans for my life. I am beyond thankful that He has redirected my path. Even though I still love movies, I find my purpose and fulfillment in Him. We are all blessed that God has changed the course of your life as you glorify Him with your words. May you continue to flourish on the path He has you on. Who knows, someday He may have you traveling the world again as you share His truths dear friend. Have a fantastic week and may God bless you and yours.

    1. Oh, I do hope that I will travel again someday. Not to find myself, but to share what I’ve found with others. Thank you for your encouraging words and for sharing a bit of your story with me today. I appreciate you, Horace.

  7. This is so encouraging, Sarah. So often we can be restless to find our purpose, but it’s already planted in our hearts. To love God and love others! Thank you for this reminder. Blessings and hugs!

  8. Oh my goodness, we have moved to a small town about 7 years ago and though I have submitted to the will of the Lord, I have lately been questioning what I am doing here. This was written for me today!

  9. This rings so true for me. The more I become the woman God is calling me to be, the more I become like my childhood self. Fascinating conundrum to ponder to day! Blessings!

    1. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 {I think you are on to something, sweet friend!}

  10. Love this reminder on our purpose Sarah. Our stories are not too different. But God took a little longer before He called me back to my hometown. I still chuckle today at how far I wanted to run away, and how He brought me back to my roots.

    1. You remind me of some words penned in my journal a few months back….

      I was anything but complete and content, so off I went, searching for the thing that I was missing. And I didn’t find it until I returned to our little valley. It wasn’t out there, it was right here waiting for me. There is nothing magical about the valley, but the truth is, we never find what we are looking for when we run away from our pain.

  11. What a great word, Sarah!
    I think of that old saying, “Brighten the corner where you are.”
    Thank you for a timely reminder to serve God where we are with what we have right now!

    1. Oh, Mandy. You bless me! I am the least-calm person I know, yet I am grateful to know that God has infused my writing with His calmness. I think it is because I must first work through it all in my heart and mind before I can write, and by the time I get to the writing, I have let go of all the crazy and am left with only the calm 😉

  12. The world constantly touts the lie of “bigger & better” in fact, if you are not big, that means you are not better. It’s so easy to get sucked into that kind of thinking and not realize that small can be infinitely more significant in His economy. thanks for the post!

  13. Loved this post, Sarah. It ties in so much with my blogging focus. I’d like to refer to this post in an upcoming post. I’m glad you had your adventures and responded to God’s call to come home. I often wonder where my kids will end up!

    1. I’d be honored if you would like to include a link to this post on your blog. My kids are still young, but I’m sure they will run a bit once they are old enough…hopefully the Lord will bring them back to me in His perfect time 😉

  14. Sarah I love this! And it is so timely. You put into words what I have been pondering the last several weeks! Praise God, He has everything in His hands. We need but to rest in what He has provided!

  15. What a beautiful story of God bringing you full circle — and your meeting Him there. For me, it was kind of opposite and yet the same. Instead of moving back home, I ended up bringing “home” to me in the form of moving my parents to my area and, then, ultimately, moving my mum in with us for five years. So thankful that God did not let me run away. And thankful that He is here in the midst of the past/present/future of every day.

    1. Family is home to me too, Michele. I struggle with the fact that my brothers moved away, because they are missing such an important connection. That said, I’ve noticed that males and females are quite different in this department. We live near my husband’s family but see far less of them (and depend on them less too).

  16. Sarah, this is such a wonderful post. God already determined the times and places for us to live our lives filled with purpose and satisfaction. Glad to have stopped here this morning!

  17. Such a good word! Why do we complicate things. Beautiful dreams and destiny come from obeying the simple instruction of loving God and loving others. Had to pin your quote so I wouldn’t forget! Visiting from #livefreethursday today 🙂

    1. We tend to complicate things because we can and we are crazy enough to think that complicated is somehow better….lol! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you and all my other #livefree friends.

  18. This about sums up 4 different writing projects and some life projects and hopes too. Thank you for speaking the beautiful truth Sarah! I wish more people accepted this, as so much encourages us to “go looking” for a purpose instead. Hmm…life purpose statement from Scripture….so many to choose from, but Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

    1. I’ve been studying Jesus life lately, and gosh darn it if He didn’t live the most odd and radical life. He lived in opposition to the expectation of the world, yet did exactly what the Father asked…it’s a contradiction and a conviction all mixed up in one fantastically purposeful life. That is exactly how our lives are to be, fantastically purposeful and radically distinct. It is so important for us to remember that our God is nothing like the people of this world, and His ways are not our ways. Love your choice for a life verse, live it girl!

  19. This: Small and significant is exactly how Jesus lived, and it’s exactly how He has called us to live.

    Amen!! Glad I stopped by today for this heart reminder. 🙂

    1. Hard to keep our eyes focused on the one thing that can save us from the peril that surrounds us, yet so delightfully beautiful when we find ourselves captured within His gaze and entwined in His protective grasp.

  20. Beautiful and encouraging. I was on staff full time at a church (administrative assistant) for 10 years. When I got laid off I thought perhaps God called me out of my purpose, to encourage the church, women especially. But I realize He’s still given me a platform to speak into the hearts of women through writing. Thanks for sharing at Glimpses this week.

    1. It’s tough to change course, yet recognize that our purpose will never change. I have had a “sleeping” calling in my life since I was a teen, and only now has the Lord begun to open doors for me to pursue it. I think He wanted me to grow up in my knowledge and faith before walking out my calling. He is so faithful, even in the midst of the plot twists and turns. I’m so happy you have found a new way to embrace your calling!

  21. Content in Christ. Goodness, we really do make life more complicated than it needs to be! I love that God has a unique purpose for each of us, wherever that happens to be geographically. I emigrated from the UK to Canada 20 years ago, and He was definitely in that move. So grateful for His guidance always! Stopping by from #FreshMarketFriday 🙂

    1. We do like to complicate things, that is true, Laura. Geography matters, but not as much as Godography! So glad that you followed his lead and are seeking his guidance always. It’s the only way to thrive.

  22. This was excellent Sarah! I wrote about loving one another from that Matthew verse also this week. Nice blog! I will follow. New to Christian blogging. I have been blogging 6 years but just switched this year.

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