This week we’ll look at Part 6, the conclusion, of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. Even though this is a Christian-oriented book, the wisdom Warren treats us to is for everyone desiring to live a life filled with purpose and meaning.
Part 6 – You Were Made For a Mission
Chapter 36. “Made for a Mission: God is at work in the world, and he wants you to join him. This assignment is called your mission. God wants you to have both a ministry in the Body of Christ and a mission in the world. Your ministry is your service to believers, and your mission is your service to unbelievers. Fulfilling your mission in the world is God’s fifth purpose for your life.
Fulfilling your life mission on earth is an essential part of living for God’s glory. The Bible gives several reasons why your mission is so important.
- Your mission is a continuation of Jesus’ mission on earth. Jesus calls us not only to come to him, but to go for him.
- Your mission is a wonderful privilege. Your mission involves two great privileges: working with God and representing him.
- Telling others how they can have eternal life is the greatest thing you can do for them. We have the greatest news in the world, and sharing it is the greatest kindness you can show to anyone.
- Your mission has eternal significance. God wants you to share the Good News where you are…you should continually look for people God places in your path with whom you can share the gospel.
- Your mission gives your life meaning. If you fail to fulfill your God-given mission on earth, you will have wasted the life God gave you.
- God’s timetable for history’s conclusion is connected to the completion of our commission. What we do know for sure is this: Jesus will not return until everyone God wants to hear the Good News has heard it.”
Chapter 37. “Sharing Your Life Message: God has given you a Life Message to share. When you became a believer, you also became God’s messenger. God wants to speak to the world through you. Your Life Message has four parts to it:
- Your testimony: the story of how you began a relationship with Jesus
- Your life lessons: the most important lessons God has taught you
- Your godly passions: the issues God shaped you to care about most
- The Good News: the message of salvation”
Chapter 38. “Becoming a World-Class Christian: You have a choice to make. You will be either a world-class Christian or a worldly Christian. Worldly Christians look to God primarily for personal fulfillment. They are saved, but self-centered. In contrast, world-class Christians know they were saved to serve and made for a mission. They are eager to receive a personal assignment and excited about the privilege of being used by God. World-class Christians are the only fully alive people on the planet.
How To Think Like A World-Class Christian
- Shift from self-centered thinking to other-centered thinking…think of the spiritual need of unbelievers whenever you talk to them.
- Shift from local thinking to global thinking. The first way to start thinking globally is to begin praying for specific countries. World-class Christians pray for the world.
- Shift from “here and now” thinking to eternal thinking. To make the most of your time on earth, you must maintain an eternal perspective.
- Shift from thinking of excuses to thinking of creative ways to fulfill your commission. God doesn’t want to use just some of his people; he wants to use all of his people. We are called to be on-mission for God. He wants his whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.”
Chapter 39. “Balancing Your Life: Your life is a pentathlon of five purposes, which you must keep in balance…they are summarized in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus. These two statements sum up what this book is all about—God’s five purposes for your life:
- ‘Love God with all your heart’: You were planned for God’s pleasure, so your purpose is to love God through worship.
- ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’: You were shaped for serving, so your purpose is to show love for others through ministry.
- ‘Go and make disciples’: You were made for a mission, so your purpose is to share God’s message through evangelism.
- ‘baptize them into…’: You were formed for God’s family, so your purpose is to identify with his church through fellowship.
- ‘teach them to do all things…’: You were created to become like Christ, so your purpose is to grow to maturity through discipleship.
A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will make you a great Christian.
This is what purpose-driven living is all about. Regardless of your age, the rest of your life can be the best of your life, and you can start living on purpose today.”
Chapter 40. “Living with Purpose: 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.
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.
- It’s a statement that summarizes God’s purpose for your life.
- It’s a statement that points the direction of your life.
- It’s a statement that defines “success” for you.
- It’s a statement that clarifies your roles.
- It’s a statement that expresses your shape.
Here are five questions you should consider as you prepare your statement:
- What will be the center of my life? This is the question of worship. Who are you are going to live for? What are you going to build your life around?
- What will be the character of my life? This is the question of discipleship. What kind of person will you be? God is far more interested in what you are than what you do.
- What will be the contribution of my life? This is the question of service. What will be your ministry in the Body of Christ? Knowing your contribution of spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences (SHAPE), what would be your best role in the family of God?
- What will be the communication of my life? This is the question of your mission to unbelievers. It should include your commitment to share your testimony and the Good News with others.
- What will be the community of my life? This is the question of fellowship. How will you demonstrate your commitment to other believers and connection to the family of God?
At the end of your life it isn’t going to matter at all what other people say about you. The only thing that will matter is what God says about you. Will you be a person God can use for his purposes? Will you serve God’s purpose in your generation?”
I can’t emphasize enough how this book will help you develop a “purpose-driven life”, a life filled with meaning and direction, in every area of your life!
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I hope you have enjoyed this amazing overview of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. As I said before, this is a book everyone, especially every Christian, should read and reread every year because Wisdom Matters!
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