40 Days of Purpose – Day 3

Welcome to FaithBuilders. This is Pastor Bill Crane.

This is the devotional for Tuesday, May 2, 2006 which is Day 3 of our 40 Days of Purpose. For these 40 days we will be posting daily devotions based on the material in Rick Warren’s best selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life. We invite you to get a copy of the book and read daily one of the 40 chapter of the book along with us. We are scheduled to read Chapter 3 in the book today. Click here to listen to the podcast version of this devotional.


Everyone’s life is driven by something!

“I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy.” Ecclesiastes 4:4 (LB)

What is the driving force in your life?

Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. There are five great benefits of living a purpose-driven life:

– Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life…

– Simplifies your life …

– Focuses your life …

– Motivates your life.

– And knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.

Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says. Living to create an earthly legacy is a shortsighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.

Let’s review our memory verse for this week which answers the Question, “What on earth am I here for?” The verse is Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10


  1. May 2, 2006 at 10:05 am

    What drives you?

    Rick Warren lists 5 things that commonly drive people.

    1) Guilt
    2) Resentment & anger
    3) Fear
    4) Materialism
    5) Need for approval

    Take some time today to consider what drives your life. Do any of the above five factors drive you? What should we do about it?

    Read chapter 3 of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life to find out more.

  2. May 2, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Need More Time?

    Rick Warren has a great quote on page 31 of his book, The Purpose Driven Life.

    "It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God's will. If you can't get it all done, it means you're trying to do more than God intended for you to do (or, possibly, that you're watching too much television). Purpose-driven living leads to a simpler lifestyle and a saner schedule. The Bible says, 'A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.'" (Proverbs 13:7 Msg)

    Well, I never have "nothing" to do. There's always something else to do in my life, so what does that mean? Am I trying to do too much? What am I doing that is "more than God intended?" That is a hard question for me to answer, because all the things I have on my agenda are good things. But doesn't it all come back to our God-given purpose?

    A while back our Men's group went through a series on building a personal mission statement. I reviewed the one I had put together years earlier and came up with the following:

    In order to be obedient to God's calling on my life, I choose to:
    Feed the Fire of love for God
    Serve my family in love
    Lovingly Lead the flock of God

    So, if I filtered my whole schedule through those purposes, would it simplify my life? It would, except the definition of "leading the flock of God" is hard to nail down at times.  Which events/activities need to take priority?  As Christians we lead by serving!  Sometimes serving is not efficient, but it is necessary, so we can't get pulled into the world's focus on strict "efficiency."  We have to stay focused on ministry in Christ's name, and that can't always be done with strict "efficiency."  

    How do you wrestle with this issue in your life? Do you have enough time in your life for worshipping God, building your relationships with Christian friends, building your faith in God, using your spiritual gifts to help others, and finding ways to introduce others, even around the world, to Christ? How do you make time for these things?

    Someone once said, "To say, 'Yes,' to something means we have to say, 'No' to something else." The goal is to make "substitutions" which help draw us closer to God and His eternal purposes for us.

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