SYNOPSIS: A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I came across the book “The Purpose Driven Life” for the first time while I was still in university at my fellowship library back then in school.
I read it like a novel, just at a stretch as against the recommended approach by the author.
The author urged readers to challenge themselves by reading a chapter a day for 40 days, which is a calculated attempt in enabling them to discover their purpose.
However, so many years after; I joined a men fellowship network (Adullam-Network – A mentorship platform that helps develop men capacity all-around, Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally, Financially).
To my utter amazement, the first task that was assigned was that we would study the book “The Purpose Driven Life”.
We were assigned into groups of 10’s and we studied individually and collectively daily for 40-days. It was a life-transforming experience and a game-changer for every one of us, as we all had support-system that we shared insights with, asked questions on grey areas on every area of life as it relates to purpose.
“The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren attempts answering questions that bothers Christians.
Warren’s book serves as a guide, like a manual for believers to know God’s purpose for them, and why they are on Earth.
Like the Maxim “The end shall justify the means,” Warren urged the reader to make a covenant with him for the next 40 days (pp. 12-13). He believes that there is no worldly method to achieving a close communion and relationship with God.
In page 24, Warren enounced that “God made you so he could love you” and that it is not about you. This he briefly affirmed that the purpose that drives our lives should be pleasing God though worship.
In the book, each chapter begins with cited verses from various Bible translations, a quote, and often both.
As humans, before believing and worshipping God, we must first repent, present our bodies as living sacrifice by acknowledging God’s supremacy through Christ Jesus.
Warren’s adroitness with words can be summed in this fascinating statement he made in Chapter four, titled “Made to Last Forever.”
“While life on Earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell. Your relationship to God on Earth will determine your relationship with Him in eternity. If you learn to love and trust God’s Son, Jesus, you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with Him. On the other hand, if you reject his love, forgiveness, and salvation, you will spend eternity apart from God, forever.”
While few critics have downplayed the book’s importance which have successfully sold over 30 million copies. Christians have been encouraged by Warren to follow five purposes for their lives to improve. They are:
1. You Were Planned For God’s Pleasure. See pp. 63-116
2.You Were Formed For God’s Family. See pp. 117-170
3. You Were Created To Become Like Christ. See pp. 171-226
4. You Were Shaped For Serving God. See pp. 227-280
5. You Were Made For A Mission. See pp. 281-319
The book is a simple read albeit some plethora of scriptural references, citations and translations were infixed that will often be perceived as repetitive.
However, it is a good read with insights as to understanding God’s purpose for your life, and the reason why you were chosen by Him.
On a final note, I strongly advised that you read – no! Study the book with an Accountability-partner or group you trust well enough to share deep things about your life with.
40-days commitment might seem a long-time, but according to the maxim “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”