What is your purpose in life?

Genesis 42:1-45:27

It has probably been said more times than I can care to remember that every human being has a purpose why God has placed him or her here on this earth. There is a reason why each one of us was born. Put bluntly, God has a purpose for your life. There are those who are called to lead, in different spheres and at different times; their calling or life purpose being ultimately evidenced by their accomplishments.


One of the greatest examples of purposeful living is a man called Joseph. If we are to follow tradition Joseph was in many ways not qualified to lead, as he was way down the food chain. If a leader were to be appointed from among his siblings, it would not have been him as he was not the first, second or third born of Jacob’s twelve sons. Yet in God’s economy he was the one foreordained to lead his family at a critical stage in the evolution of the children of Israel. Joseph led his extended family, as benefactor and preserver of life and destiny.  

So we ask: what was the purpose of Joseph’s life? We see that in the first part of Joseph’s life; and as we observe his life in the succeeding years, there was clear indication he was being prepared for the ultimate.

  • First, his dream about his own life, much to the chagrin and hatred of his elder brothers, put him in a position of ascendency.
  • Secondly, his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream put him in a position of supreme authority. Later, as we look at the process by which he revealed himself to his brothers when they came to Egypt to buy grain, we see very clearly the purpose of Joseph’s life; which is summarised in Genesis 45:4.


Following his self-disclosure, his brothers were distressed. However Joseph spoke to them and said they shouldn’t be angry with themselves because they had sold him into slavery. He distills his life purpose by saying, ‘It was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.’


So, we see very clearly that Joseph summarised the purpose of his life as that of preservation or salvation. After his father died, his brothers were afraid. They wondered what Joseph was going to do to them. Again he reassured them, saying, ‘Don’t be afraid. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done; the saving of many lives.’


Joseph understood his life’s purpose or mission. He embraced fully, despite the pain it caused him; going on to accomplished, as through him all the sons of Jacob were preserved through the period of severe famine, setting the base for the  base for the growth in the population of the children of Israel.


Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©

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About the Author:

Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.

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