life purpose

21 11 2013

What would it feel like to lay your head on your pillow at night and say, “You know what I did today? I teamed up with God to change the world”?

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I read this statement in Bill Hybels book Volunteer Revolution and thought “that’s a nice slogan to champion volunteerism.” Then I realized that Hybels is poking at a deeper issue…an issue that plagues numbers of people. I would venture to say an issue that plagues all people at some point in their lives, whether Christians or not. It is the issue of significance and purpose.

What meaning does my life have?

I want to do something that has lasting value, that is bigger and grander than me.

Timothy Keller writes on this issue and points to 1 Corinthians 7 where the Apostle Paul writes about work in terms of calling. Keller notes that “our daily work can be a calling only if it is reconceived as God’s assignment to serve others. And that is exactly how the Bible teaches us to view work.” I think this is true of vocational work and volunteering. So what does this mean practically for our lives? Good question! How about what Keller says concerning vocational work, but again, I think it applies to all areas of your life…

The question regarding our choice of work is no longer, “What will make me the most money and give me the most status?” Instead, the question must now be, “How, with my existing abilities and opportunities, can I be of greatest service to other people, knowing what I do of God’s will and human need?”

Wow! Use that as a guide for vocation, volunteering, free time, life direction…whatever. This will reorient things a bit! But, at the end of the day, we would know what it feels like to team up with God as He changes the world! I’m down for that…are you?

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23 11 2013
Justin

I’ve struggled with purpose for quite some time now. I think if you haven’t, you probably should stop and do it. You might be scared of what in your life you can’t see. The harder part is getting to the point in your life where you can break free of the cage you’ve let the world put on you. Getting to the point where you can finally break free of the financial burden you’ve let the world place on you in a new house, car, education, etc. Getting to the point where you can break free of the rigid “spiritual” church-made expectations to be real and raw and not just lost seeking, but lost focused.

I am not there yet. Not by a long shot. But I am focused on it.

25 11 2013
jonseabourn

I agree that the cages or conventions imposed by cultural expectations are hard to break free from. BUT, the fulfillment of living and doing according to how God uniquely wired each person, and being of greatest service to other people…this is an amazing and full life!

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