Thanks for joining me for the final post in my Purpose series. The last benefit of purpose-driven living, according to Warren, is:
5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.
Eternity…do you know how long that it? It’s FOREVER. We spend so much time worrying about the now and tomorrow…and getting involved with as much as we can and accomplishing as many things as possible. We want to leave an imprint in this world…but most of the time, the focus of that imprint is in the wrong place. We want to be remembered for our time here and for the things that we did here, after we are gone…but really, we should be preparing NOW for LATER. Rick Warren states in his book What On Earth Am I Here For? that “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.”
Wow. Read that again…”You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.” I remember having a conversation with Mrs. Courtney at this year’s ModFem retreat about this very subject. I have never really thought about it the way that she described. She told me that we were made for eternity. Our bodies here on earth are just dust, and will age and fade away, but our spirits were made for so much more that anything this world can offer. We were made to last forever! I don’t know about you, but the things and ways of this world make that difficult for me to grasp. I have often thought of what things would be like here after I leave this world—will I be missed? Will my family be ready to move on without me? Will my kids have a firm foundation to build upon without me here? I can rest my thoughts because I know that it is all in God’s hands. He will take care of my children…because they are his children too! We ALL are his children, and he wants so much more for us that just the things of this pathetic world. He has gone to prepare a place for us, and place far more amazing than anything we could ever imagine. And I know that if I can live a life of purpose, the purpose that He has intended for me, that I will be able to join Him in that amazing place called heaven.
How do we get ready for that day?
Warren says that “one day you will stand before God, and He will do an audit of your life, a final exam, before you enter eternity. The Bible says, “Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgement seat of God….Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God.” (Romans 14:10b, 12 NLT) Fortunately, God wants us to pass this test, so he has given us the questions in advance. From the Bible we can surmise that God will ask us two crucial questions:
1. What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ? The only thing that will matter is, did you accept what Jesus did for you and did you learn to love and trust him? Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)
2. What did you do with what I gave you? What did you do with your life–all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources God gave you? Did you spend them on yourself, or did you use them for the purposes God made you for?”
There now, you know the questions for your final exam…how you choose to live your life affects how you will answer those questions once your judgement day comes. Judgement day sounds kinda harsh, doesn’t it? Even though that pretty much sums up what it will be, you can think of it as your Orientation Day, if you will. You know, like the day you spend at a new school or college, looking around, getting to see how things will be? Well, your judgement day is kinda like that, except you will be held accountable for the way you lived on earth. The only way you can move on and “get in” to those pearly gates is if you have earned it. No top college will accept a high school drop out…you have to earn your place to get into the best of the best.
So, ask yourself, do you know your purpose? If so, live toward the goals of fulfilling that purpose so that you can spend eternity with our Savior! If you do not know what your purpose is or have feelings of uncertainty, contact me. I would love to chat with you or direct you to someone who can help meet your needs. But I will tell you this, your purpose is always FOR GOD. If your life isn’t being lived in a manner that would please God, then you are on the wrong path.
Grace and Peace to you!
The Purpose series has utilized the text by Rick Warren, What On Earth Am I Here For? (also known as The Purpose Driven Life). If you have not read this book, I strongly encourage you to get a copy. It is so relevant to our lives and where we stand…get a physical copy so that you can make notes and underline all of the nuggets of truth between those covers!