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.)
Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless. Bertrand Russell
Today marks the first day in my “40 Days of Purpose”. I will be journaling my reflections on The Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren.
When reading Day 1, It All Starts with God, the phrase that comes to mind is this; “Don’t pass what you need, chasing after what you want.” The notion that ‘It All Starts with God’, encourages me to move away from what I want in life and truly focus on what God wants for and from me. God has a purpose for our lives that will pay dividends well into the future – and not always our future.
We are here for only a short period in time, and God’s purpose for our lives fits into a much bigger purpose. As I write this I cannot help but to think of individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, and others from the Civil Rights movement. Having never met any of them, I am convinced that they lived out their purpose for folks such as you and I, and this is what God intended.
In reflecting on the lives of such leaders, we don’t hear about how much money they made or all of the things they accomplished. We hear that they lived their lives in such a manner that future generations would live, love, and learn better.
This chapter gives us three insights into our purpose:
- You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- God planned you life before you even existed.
- The purpose for your life fits into a greater purpose for eternity.
Ask Yourself: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?
© David McGhee