Ohhhh, yes. Here we go.
Welcome to Chapter 8 of Limitless Life! We’re in the home stretch of Pastor Derwin Gray’s book, and really getting to the heart of it.
We’re talking about how to answer some of life’s all-time big questions: “Who am I? And for Heaven’s sake, why on earth am I here?”
If you’re like most people, you’ve pondered that for a very long time. And chances are fairly high you’re not exactly satisfied with life right now. Take a look at these findings from a recent Barna Group survey:
Barna Group’s new research shows that three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) say they are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. Whether such meaning is found in family, career, church, side projects or elsewhere, these are all questions of vocation — that is, the way in which people feel “called” to certain types of work and life choices. And in 2014, these questions remain as strong as ever for millions of Americans.
Among Christians, there is an additional question: “What does God want me to do with my life?” According to Barna Group’s study, only 40% of practicing Christians say they have a clear sense of God’s calling on their lives.
Did you catch that? Just 40% of practicing Christians have a clear sense of God’s calling. That’s not a lot.
The report goes on to discuss how women, particularly, are experiencing stress and aren’t feeling fulfilled:
Nearly six out of 10 all women (59%) say they are dissatisfied with their work and home balance. Women also describe themselves as stressed out (72%), tired (58%) and overcommitted (48%).
Hmmm. What do we make of that?
Cue Chapter 8 of Limitless Life, “From Purposeless to Purposeful.” As in … what if there’s more to life than our work?
As Pastor Derwin points out, who we are (and ultimately, whose we are) really IS more important than what we do!
Pastor Derwin has some great explanations contained within this little chapter. Mmmm, mmm, mmmmm. So, so impactful!
Getting back to those original big questions of life. Just what are the keys for discovering your life’s purpose? Let’s sneak a peek at what Pastor Derwin has to say about this:
Key 1 tells us people may honor us because of our accomplishments, but God the Father honors us because of Jesus’ accomplishments.
Key 2 reminds us our authority is inherited from the Father, so we can go about life in a humble posture.
Key 3 says it’s always been the kindness of God that brings people to a place of repentance and transformation (see Romans 2:4).
Finally, Key 4 ties into this week’s memory verse, Zephaniah 3:17b, where we see that the Lord passionately loves His people SO MUCH that He is singing over us. This verse was originally written as an encouragement to the remnant faithful in Israel under King Josiah (one of the few good kings in ancient Israel), as we discussed in Sunday’s video post.
As Pastor Derwin points out, “right now the God of the universe … sings and dances over you.”
Unreal. I can’t help but think of all the crazy mistakes, unkind thoughts, utter selfishness and poor choices I’ve made in life, and find that utterly AMAZING! I hope you will, too!
What to do:
Finish reading Chapter 8 of Limitless Life.
As Pastor Derwin writes, sometime in the next week, go on a prayer walk and simply ask God to give you the faith and courage to live in your purpose.
We want to hear from you:
As if the rest of Chapter 8 were not already incredible enough, Pastor Derwin breaks down the story of the Prodigal Son for us. What far country have you found yourself in? In what things have you sought your purpose? What were the other highlights for you from this chapter?
Who’s up for going on a prayer walk? Where might you go? Write a prayer asking for God to help you gain clarity and purpose and share it with us in the comments below.
As we are in the final week of this book with Nicki Koziarz teaching some high-powered lessons next week (including details on how to craft a Life Vision) … let’s commit to running our race with endurance! Have a fantastic weekend!