Day 40: Living with Purpose

Hi everyone!

Today is the final day of The Purpose Driven Life journey! I’ve learned a lot – I hope you’ve discovered some valuable nuggets too.

Let’s get on with it then!

Living on purpose is the only way to really live. Everything else is just existing.

Most people struggle with three basic issues in life. The first is identity: “Who am I?” The second is importance: “Do I matter?” The third is impact: “What is my place in life?” The answers to all three questions are found in God’s five purposes for you.

In the Upper Room, as Jesus was concluding his last day of ministry with His disciples, He washed their feet as an example and said, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Once you know what God wants you to do, the blessing comes in actually doing it. As we come to the end of our forty-day journey together, now that you know God’s purpose for your life, you will be blessed if you do them!

This probably means you will have to stop doing some other things. There are many “good” things you can do with your life, but God’s purposes are the five essentials you must do.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to get distracted and forget what is most important. It’s easy to drift away from what matters most and slowly get off course. To prevent this, you should develop a purpose statement for your life and then review it regularly.

WHAT IS A LIFE PURPOSE STATEMENT?

It’s a statement that summarises God’s purpose for your life. In your own words you affirm your commitment to God’s five purposes for your life. A purpose statement is not a list of goals. Goals are temporary; purposes are eternal. The Bible says, “His plans endure forever; His purposes last eternally.”

It’s a statement that points the direction of your life. Writing down your purposes on paper will force you to think specifically about the path of your life.

It’s a statement that defines “success” for you. It states what you believe is important, not what the world says is important.

It’s a statement that clarifies your roles. You will have different roles at different stages in life, but your purposes will never change. They are greater than any role you will have.

It’s a statement that expresses your shape. It reflects the unique ways God made you to serve Him.

Take your time writing out your life purpose statement. Don’t try to complete it in a single sitting and don’t aim for perfection in your first draft; just write down your thoughts as fast as they come to you. Here are five questions your should consider as you prepare your statement:

LIFE’S FIVE GREATEST QUESTIONS

What will be the centre of my life? What kind of person will you be? Make a list of the character qualities you want to work on and develop in your life. “Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it.” 1 Timothy 4:16b

What will be the contribution of my life? What will be your ministry in the Body of Christ? While you are shaped to serve others, even Jesus didn’t meet the needs of everyone while on earth. You have to choose to whom you can best help, based on your shape. You need to ask, “Who do I have a desire to help most?”

What will be the communication of my life? This is the question of your mission to unbelievers. List the life lessons and Godly passion you feel God has given you to share with the world.

What will be the community of my life? How will you demonstrate your commitment to other believers and connection to the family of God? Where will you practice the “one another” commands with other Christians?

GOD WANTS TO USE YOU

About thirty years ago, I noticed a little phrrase in Acts 13:36 that forever altered the direction of my life. “David served God’s purpose in his generation.” Now I understood why God called David “a man after My own heart.” David dedicated his life to fulfilling God’s purposes on earth.

God is still looking for people to use. The Bible says, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” Will you be a person God can use for His purposes? Will you serve God’s purpose in your generation?

The thought of that sends thrills through my whole being. To serve God in this generation – what a priveledge! I love this commission. There’s really nothing better.

This journey through The Purpose Driven Life book has been good – not what I thought it would be but very useful; educational; definitely a God thing. Blogging this book regularly has been difficult, you may have noticed huge gaps between posts.. consistency has been one important practical lesson I’ve learned through this experience. Spiritually, I’ve come away with this one, burning revelation and desire.

Our purpose is to please God, not people. 1 Thessalonians 2:4b

Be blessed, please let me know what you think, have a wonderful day.

Over and out! (but back tomorrow..)

Joni xo

<Image> I’m not sure that it’s an entirely relevant image.. but I loved it so I used it!

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.

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