Ever wonder why you think and behave the way you do, like and dislike the things you do, cry and laugh about the things you do? Well according to The Purpose Driven Life, it’s because God deliberately made you that way.
Before architects design any new building they first ask, “What will be its purpose? How will it be used?” The intended function always determines the form of the building. Before God created you, He decided what role He wanted you to play on earth. He planned exactly how He wanted you to serve Him and then He shaped you for those tasks. You are the way you are because you were made for a specific purpose.
Not only did God shape you before your birth, He planned everyday of your life to support His shaping process. This means that nothing that happens in your life is insignificant. God uses all of it to mould you for your ministry to others and shape you for your service to Him.
God never wastes anything. He would not give you abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality and life experiences unless He intended to use them for His glory. By identifying and understanding these factors you can discover God’s will for your life.
Is there something niggling at the back of your mind right now? Something you’d secretly love to do but haven’t told anyone – maybe not even admitted to yourself. I have one of those… something I’ve always wanted to do but only just admitted to myself a few months ago. I was so excited when I realised that it wasn’t just a vain desire; it was God’s desire within me!
TPDL gives this acrostic to help us understand that God equips us with whatever we need for His assignment:
SPIRITUAL GIFTS: These are special God-empowered abilities for serving Him that are given only to believers. You can’t earn your spiritual gifts or deserve them – they’s why they are called gifts! They are an expression of God’s grace to you. “Christ has generously divided out His gifts to us” (Eph 4:7). Neither do you get to choose which gifts you’d like to have’ God determines that.
SHAPE: The Bible uses the term heart to describe the bundle of desires, hopes, interests, ambitions, dreams and affections you have. How do you know when you are serving God from your heart? The first telltale sign is enthusiasm. The second characteristic is effectiveness. Whenever you do what God wired you to love to do, you get good at it. Passion drives perfection.
Is there something you’d love to be doing? Some deep desire or passion you try to ignore?
I hope this has provided food for thought. I know it has for me.
PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life (usually entitled Day:?) are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only. Copies of The Purpose Driven Life book are available for purchase from all good christian books stores, including Koorong. The first seven chapters of the book can be downloaded FREE from Rick Warren’s official site here.