Day 1: Purpose Driven Life

I’ve been away from blogging for quite some time, but I wanted to return and record my thoughts, while reading “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. The Journal starts out by stating “Your life is a journey and a journey deserves a journal. You owe it to future generations to preserve the testimony of how God helped you to fulfill his purposes on earth. It is a witness that will continue long after you are in heaven.” I do enjoy reading and listening to Rick Warren, however, I don’t necessarily agree with all his political stances. But, I don’t read scripture for politics. I think it’s like going to a podiatrist and asking them to clean your teeth. Both professions are doctors, but fulfill a completely different study and approach to their craft.

“Write down for the coming generation what the Lord has done. So that people not yet born will praise him. Psalm 102:18”

What on earth am I here for?

Day 1: It all starts with God.

“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,… everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. Colossians 1:16”

Point to Ponder: It’s not about me.

Question to Consider: How can I remind myself today that life is really about living for God, not myself? I would say this question has been posed to me several times in the past year. I had my career, as a social worker, and had found a good job, with good benefits. I enjoyed my work and coworkers. When I became “sick” I was faced with ending my career and starting a new phase, which still feels quite uncomfortable to me. I admittedly spent a year or more, with a lot of anger and confusion, as to why I was “sick” and all that comes along with someone who deals with chronic illness. I still feel this way from time to time, but it became clear to me that I had to learn that I have a completely different purpose. I still haven’t quite figured out what my new life role will be, but I stopped trying to live my “old life”. Perhaps at the end of this journal, my purpose will become much clearer. But, I know that I can’t keep focusing on the what if’s and why’s, because that only focuses on myself. I need to start asking how.

“Prayer: Father, As I begin this journey, help me to realize that building my life around myself instead of you will only lead to emptiness and meaningless. I was made by you and for you, and I want to discover my purpose in you.”

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One thought on “Day 1: Purpose Driven Life

  1. Reblogged this on thinklikegodthinks and commented:
    It is interesting reading on one hand and sadness on the other hand that discovery of purpose has become difficult and mysterious. I also struggled for some time …15 years from the POS …point of salvation.
    However, these are my conclusions:
    β€’ There are 4 vital manifestations of the Spirit that happened at POS, without these there was no rebirth. (a) The instantaneous works of the Holy Spirit in bringing us into Christ, (b) Developing the ability to hear God, (b) Discovery of purpose as a matter of necessity for the new life (c) Recognition of the love of God that was shed abroad the heart of the believer to replace our carnal ability to love (d) Laying the foundation for a life in the spirit.

    β€’ While I hope to discuss these points, I will only be brief on the issue of purpose.

    Jeremiah 1:4 sums it up.
    Purpose is a spiritual statement
    Purpose is fixed throughout the life of the believer on earth
    Purpose, spiritually carried out, determines the believer’s eternal rewards and the extent of the believer’s social impact.
    Purpose is different from Vision…which is a future expectation as described by Habbakuk in Hab 2:2-4. Vision is a variable.
    Purpose is not transferable from parent to children as covenant is.
    Purpose as a spiritual statement must be hashed out in dialogue with God within the 1st year of salvation because this was the very reason for creation and salvation. It is now to drive the rest of the believer’s life, bible study, plans, decisions and choices.
    Take Luke 5:1-4 Peter, James, Andrew and John discovered purpose…the Lord told them… You are not created to be fishermen but to be fishers of men. Notice the change from a life driven by the value of the world system to one driven by eternal life values.
    The Purpose Statement for these guys…”God has called us to bring Jews into the Kingdom” They left the boats, the fish and the nets.

    Paul ….Purpose Statement….Acts 9:15… God has called me to bring the Gentiles into the Kingdom.
    Jesus ….John 1:29 … Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
    Virgin Mary…The womb that bears the Saviour of the world…Luke 1:31

    May I say that purpose is not a bible statement but rhema obtained from God, or from other sources that are used by God such as Angels, Spiritual Mentors (Elijah/Elisha). Spiritual Parents (Abraham), recognised Prophets and so on.
    But bible verses can support purpose statement obtained by revelation.
    This brings us to the next point that by reason of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, at rebirth, the young Christian should be taught how to hear God speak. It should not be guesswork. A young baby by the age of 2years hears the parents, no matter how difficult the language. The Holy Spirit as our Parent is instrumental in teaching us how to hear God speak and by this discover purpose in dialogue with God or as outlined above.

    Once purpose is discovered, the next step is to commence a migration programme from the life driven by the world to one driven by eternal life. Again when you explore the lives of the believers itemised above this was what happened. The Apostles probably migrated within 3-6 months, Paul within a week, Abraham immediately, Mary immediately and so on.
    His migration Prog should not be more than 5 years for any serious Christian.

    Unfortunately, we are taught to integrate our carnal life into a religious life…just bring all the baggage into the kingdom..which kingdom? This is why we are making a mess of our Christian life.

    We are members of Christ as long as we are under the full control of the Holy Spirit. John 3:5. Whenever we behave carnally, we revert to the mindset and lifestyle of an unbeliever. Rom 8:5-7 1 Cor 2:14

    So we live most of the time outside of the purpose of God.

    In conclusion,
    1. Do you have a purpose statement
    2. Do you hear God speak and engage Him in dialogue
    3. Have you migrated into the Kingdom and how?
    4. Are you a man/woman of the spirit….full of the Holy Ghost, full of Faith and full of integrity….Acts 6:3-5, Acts 11:22-24
    It takes a man/woman of the spirit to be full under the control of the Holy Spirit Eph 5:18 ….these are the purpose driven believers!

    Discussion continues …..

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