Understanding the Difference Between Identity and Purpose

There are two aspects to finding significance. The first one answers the question of identity: “Who am I?” The other answers life’s second big question about purpose: “Why do I exist?”

We derive meaning and identity from understanding who we are in Christ. It’s a position we occupy. It’s a relationship with God, not a thing to be found through fame, fortune, and power.

On the other hand, God has a purpose for our lives—a mission, a destiny—which is why we exist. It is the other half of our search for significance. Once you settle the issue of who you are, the next question is, “What does God want me to do with my life?”

Until every church disciples every man...


(Adapted from the 25th Anniv. Ed. of The Man in the Mirror)