Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life is one of the best-selling Christian books of all time. The book is a forty day spiritual journey that is supposed to assist you in answering life’s important question: What am I here for? The book is packed with quotations from the Holy Bible and according to the author, after completion of reading the book you will know Gods purpose for you and you will also understand the big picture. The author also speaks of the value of utilizing and identifying our spiritual gifts. I have summarized all the chapters of the aforementioned book and also gave my personal thoughts about it.
WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
In this chapter of the book, the author is basically speaking about the reason we were put on the Earth and the purpose we were put here for. It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power because we typically begin at the wrong starting point ourselves. We may be able to choose our career, hobbies and spouse but God uses us for his purposes. We don’t get to choose our purpose even though we may attempt speculating what it is. We were not placed on the Earth by chance or because God was lonely but that was the way God chose to express his love for us. Long before we were conceived by our parents, we were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of us first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that we are breathing at this very moment. We are alive because God wanted to create us! Everyone’s life is driven by hundreds of circumstances, values and emotions. Many people are driven by guilt, fear, resentment and anger, materialism and by the need for approval. There are other forces that can drive your life but they all lead to the same dead end of unused potential, unnecessary stress and an unfulfilled life. However, there are five (5) benefits of living a purpose driven life and they are (1) simply knowing that your purpose gives meaning to your life by having hope, (2) it simplifies your life by having a clear purpose and a foundation on which you base your decisions, (3) it focuses your life because without a clear purpose you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships and other externals, (4) it motivates your life. Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose and (5) it prepares you for eternity. Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they're gone. Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says. God designed us to live for eternity. Based on your relationship with God on earth it will determine your relationship with him in eternity and you need not fear death. The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else will appear. Your values will change, you use your money and time more wisely and your priorities are reordered. The way you see your life shapes your life and how you define life determines your destiny. The Bible offers us three (3) metaphors that teach us God’s view of life. (1) Life is a Test (God continually test’s your character, faith, obedience, love, loyalty and integrity), (2) Life is a Trust (we are stewards of whatever God gives to us. How you handled what God entrusted to you?) And (3) Life is a temporary assignment (you would not be here long, so do not get too attached). The reason for everything, the ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. It is the reason for everything that exists, including you. God made it all for his glory. Without God's glory, there would be nothing. We bring God glory by loving other believers, becoming like Christ, serving others with our gifts and telling others about him. We must believe that whatever we may have done, God wants to forgive us.
YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE
God smiled when we came into the world. He created us not because He needed to but...
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