Purpose Driven Life – Day One

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 (Msg)

I love that scripture verse.  When I first read The Purpose-Driven Life (PDL) I can remember reading that opening scripture reference and thinking that I was going to like this book; and then I read the first line…..It’s not about you.  Wow, that just blew me away.  When PDL came out in 2002, I was about 2 years into a full-time ministry position as the Worship Leader at the First Baptist Church in Salado, TX.  We had a very successful ministry, Pam and I lived in really cool older house in a historical neighborhood, had an in-ground pool, with lots of pecan trees.  I drove a nice car and had lots and lots of friends.  Looking back on those years, I realize that I didn’t believe the first line of the book.  I didn’t really want to hear that it wasn’t about me.  Don’t get me wrong, I did NOT believe that the universe revolved about me but I did have a pride problem.   My pride problem was a secret sin and at the time, I didn’t realize how bad it was.

The PDL hit me like a ton of bricks.  I really thought my purpose in life was to be a worship leader; and here is a pastor telling me that my purpose is to please God, not be a really cool musician.  What a revelation!  First and foremost, it all starts with God, not with what I want.  It doesn’t start with my talent, my personality, my energy or anything I bring.  It starts with Him; He is the source, not just a starting place.  You were made by God and for God…and until you understand the, life will never make sense.  In trying to answer the question, “Why am I here?” we usually start with what we bring to the question.  Pastor Rick says that we should simply look to God, through a relationship with His son, Jesus Christ.  The answer is not a speculation, it is a revelation!

God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about Him.  This was an amazing statement by Pastor Rick.  Could it really be that God planned on me before I was even conceived?  We bring lots to the question of, “What is my purpose?”  We bring our talents, energies, careers, hobbies, money, time and lots of other things.  But, we don’t get to choose our purpose!  I LOVE it!  Boiled down to a simple statement, our purpose is to please God and follow His will!

A point to ponder:  It’s not about me. Pride will NOT be an issue if we remember this simple statement.

A verse to remember:”Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.” Colossians 1:16b (Msg) If God started it and our purpose is found in Him, why look anywhere else?

A question to consider: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?  For me, be content with what I have.  I’m greatly blessed and I don’t need any more!

Be encouraged my friends!  Randy

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lewis on August 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Sometimes we (or at least I) get the idea that serving God is one thing we do among many other things in our life. There are times when we are quite obviously serving God: at worship services, reading His word, or praying to Him. Maybe there are other times when we think ourselves as serving others: at work, at school, or in the home. And we of course have all heard someone invoke some “me time”…presumably being spent however the person chooses.

    The problem with this way of thinking is that it does not recognize how it’s possible serve God in those times when God is not at the absolute center of our thoughts. The fact is, we can serve God in those times as well!

    For example:

    “He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.” (Eph 4:28 NASB) This passage shows that when we work, even in our secular jobs, we are now able to have some to share with those who are in need…this is the Lord’s work!

    Applications to family life are even more obvious. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Children are serving God when they obey their parents. Likewise fathers serve God when they rule their households well; and wives as they submit to husbands.

    My point is this: serving God is not a piece of the pie among other pieces. Serving God does not compose 10%, 51%, or even 99% of our lives. Serving God is the whole pie. Everything else is absolutely subservient to that fact.

    “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Col 3:17)

    You may have moved to your current city for a job…but you are not there to do that job. You may have moved to a place to go to college…but you are not there to get an education. You may have been born in a place and grown up there…but you are not there to live out your formative years. YOU ARE THERE TO SERVE GOD!

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  2. Posted by Carol Giesbers on August 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Wow! That is so right on! I am learning that myself and each and every day God is pointing in the direction of service to Him not to myself. The last 2 years have been the realization years for me. I find my life much more fulfilling in that He is redirecting me and I am patiently listening. My only hope is that whatever I do brings ultimate glory to Him and others to Christ! Praise God! Thank you Lord for loving us unconditionally!

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  3. Posted by Kathy on August 16, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I remember starting to read this book with a weekly study at a new church where I had been the worship leader for a a year or so. After the study, I gathered up my books, notebooks, purse, etc..and coudln’t find my keys. I searched everywhere..Went to the car ,looked in the igninition and guess what..that’s where they are. Oddly, I opened the front door, it was not locked and sat down in the front seat. It was then I realized that not only was my door unlocked, my keys in the ignition, but my car was also still running…….still ….running….NOW…in my defense, it was a new car to me. I had it about 2 days. A Toyota Camry, ran so quiet it sounded like a sewing machine humming along. Guess I was so excited to get in the building for the study, I grabbed my stuff..ran in..left the car running and unlocked and spend almost 3 hours in the building. My gas mileage was actually better that tank than ever before..odd…a little off subject but it brought back that memory..LOL I too was leading worship at the time and serving as worship pastor.

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