Do you know your sphere?

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Find Your Sphere and Stay in It

Purpose is defined as:
“The object toward which one strives or for which something exists.”

We’re all guided by a sense of it–everyone of us. The Bible says, “The noble hearted man has noble purposes and by these he will guided.” (Isaiah 32:8 BBE) Without purpose, we’re like children going everywhere and getting nowhere.

More than ever we need people who understand their purpose and their passion. In other words, people who know who they are and who they are not.

Like the Apostle Paul.

What made Paul so effective in life was that he understood his purpose, embraced it, and never strayed from it. He understood his “sphere.” For instance he said:


“We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you)… not boasting of things beyond measure,that is, tin other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.” (2 Corinthians 10:13-16 NKJV)

The word “sphere” comes from the Greek word “kanon” which means “a boundary or place of activity.” When we truly understand our purpose we understand our place of activity. In addition to that we also understand where our sphere ends and another person’s begins. We find our greatest fruitfulness, accomplishment, and influence in our sphere–in those things that relate to our purpose.

So how do I find my sphere?

Discovering your sphere is simple…not easy…but simple. It’s in 3 simple ways:


  1. Your Sphere is Found in God–There’s no way around it–the created can never find purpose apart from its Creator. It was Rick Warren who said, “You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were by God and for God–and until you understand, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.”

  1. Your Sphere is Found is Something Bigger than You–True purpose is never just found in satisfying you. It’s always in something bigger than you. The Apostle Paul found his sphere is the cause of spreading Christianity; Martin Luther King Jr found his sphere is the fight for civil rights; and you will find yours in something that is bigger than you.

  1. Your Sphere is Found in Service–We were all created to be great. Everyone one of us. But true greatness is ALWAYS found in service. So, yes, we were all meant to be great because we were all meant to serve. Mohandas Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of of others.”

But what do you think? Have you found your sphere? What’s stopping you from finding it?

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