Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Purpose Driven Life - Day 39

Day 39 - Balancing Your Life

This will be a short write-up today, as we are nearing the end of the book and chapter 39 is essentially a review of previous points. I will outline them but will not expand on them. If you've been following along, you are already familiar with them ... and if you haven't - well .... get to reading! ;-)

It begins with God's five purposes for your life:

  1. Love God With All Your Heart: You are planned for God's pleasure, so your purpose is to love God through worship.
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself: You were SHAPEd for serving, so your purpose is to show love for others through ministry.
  3. Go and make disciples: You were made for a mission, so your purpose is to share God's message through evangelism.
  4. "Baptize them into...": You were formed for God's family, so your purpose is to identify with His church through fellowship.
  5. "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. - Pastor Rick.

We then review four practices, which will help us to keep on our spiritual track once this book and the daily lessons are over. 

  1. Talk it through with a spiritual partner or a spiritual group.  The Bible says: "As iron sharpens iron, so people can improve eachother."
  2. Give yourself a regular spiritual checkup.  Just like our annual physical at the Dr. or when we bring our cars in for a tune-up. It is important for us to make a point of checking on our spirituality - regularly. The Bible says: "Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted."
  3. Write down your progress in a journal. Pastor Rick strongly urges us to journal our experiences. Advising that: This is not a diary of events, but a record of the life lessons you don't want to forget. The Bible says: "It's crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so  that we don't drift off." We remember what we record.
  4. Pass on what you know to others.  Proverbs tells us: "The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped."    
"Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do." - Ephesians 5:15 (PH)