Figuring out your place in the world is a fundamental question of life. And it’s a question that people are being forced to face with greater frequency during our time of cultural and economic change.
Coming to terms with your fit in the world can be scary as you consider questions like: How will I make a living? How can I be sure what I do with my life is meaningful? How can I know if I’m on the right course?
A major reason people find addressing questions like these scary is that they don’t know how to answer them. Oftentimes, they don’t even know where to begin.
Coming to terms with your place in the world is much easier—and enjoyable—when you know where to begin. And when you accept a crucial starting point. That starting point is this: you’ve been put on this earth to serve God and others.
No matter how tumultuous our times may be, the Dominion Mandate remains. God still calls you, along with the rest of humanity, to serve in this life by ruling and developing the world He has made.
It’s in remembering this that finding your place in the world is discovered.
Too many wander through life without direction and are filled with discontent because they are looking to figure their lives out according to their own terms. They are trying to set up their lives in such a way that they can best be served, instead of serve.
But this is completely backwards. We find our place when our focus is on how we can best serve God’s purpose to bring His dominion to our world. And there is nothing more fulfilling than being in this place.
In the beginning, Adam lost his way by grasping for a position that was not his. Having been born of his nature, we are inclined to do the same. But with Christ, we can find our place in the way of service.
Jesus did come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). And it’s in submitting to Him and following Him that we are renewed to live the life of service He calls us to.
The place of service He ordains for us varies from person to person.
Some are called to venture into new territory, others to develop what already exists. Some are called to deliver people from their hardship and pain, while others are called to give guidance and wisdom. And, there are those who are called simply to make the world a more beautiful place.
The important thing is to know where to start. And that place is to realize you are here to serve.
Some will have trouble starting here as they are afraid their lives will not turn out as they think they should, or they are afraid they’ll miss out on something.
But those who are hindered in this way need to remember the words of Jesus who said, “Whoever wishes to save His life shall lose it, but whoever loses His life for My sake, shall find it” (Matthew 16:25).
Are you trying to find your place in the world?
The first step in finding it is to realize you are here to serve.
The next step is to ask yourself, “Where can I best serve with all that God has given me?”
The steps that follow are not hard.
Keep asking how and where you can make the greatest contribution possible, and ask it every day.
And take action in the area of service God leads you.