We all know life is unpredictable and in an instant things can go from good to bad. And because of this unpredictability, some people are constantly fearful and on guard.

This same truth applies to believers as well. Living for God does not automatically exempt us from life’s challenges; in fact, living for God actually attracts more opposition than it repels.

Nevertheless, regardless of what’s lurking around the corner, unexpected circumstances shouldn’t stop the believer from walking with purpose. But before we can walk with purpose, we have to know what walking with purpose means.

Walking with purpose means surrendering to God, submitting to God’s will, and being unstoppable regardless of circumstances. It means never giving up.

Scripture is full of people who show us what walking with purpose looks like — people like Paul, David, and Jesus.

Take the life of Paul, for example. Regardless of what was happening in his life, whether it was floggings, shipwrecks, or imprisonments, he continued to walk with purpose. His attitude went something like this, “If I live, I’ll serve the Lord. If I die, I’ll go to heaven. If I suffer, I’ll be given a crown of righteousness” (Philippians 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27). Paul’s attitude and determination to follow God through thick and thin is something we should all aspire to.

And David had the same kind of attitude as Paul. Although God appointed David king of Israel, it was years before he sat on the throne. David could have had the attitude that the job was his the moment he was anointed and that the current king, Saul, would have to move aside. But he didn’t. David persevered and eventually became king just as God planned (1 and 2 Samuel).

But it’s Jesus who gives us the ultimate example of walking with purpose. God’s plan was for Jesus to be the final and everlasting sacrifice for all mankind and he carried it out to the fullest of expression (Hebrews 10:1-18). He willingly suffered, died, was buried, and rose again on the third day for all of us. And because Jesus knew his purpose and followed through with his purpose, people everywhere are offered the free gift of salvation (John 3:16-18).

So how is it possible for the modern believer to follow these examples? The same way it was possible for Paul, David, and Jesus — through the power of God. We can do anything and everything through Christ who gives us strength through the Holy Spirit.

But not every believer taps into God’s power and instead chooses to ignore the Holy Spirit living inside of them. Sadly, these kinds of believers will never experience all that the Christian life has to offer.

So why not make God a priority in your life and start walking with purpose. You’ll be amazed at the ways God can use you if you’re willing—a life full of awe, wonder, and adventure.

The kind of life God intended for us all.

Donna Hughey is an award winning Christian author and columnist. She lives in Crescent City.