Book Summary – The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For?

“The Purpose Driven Life” is a 40-day spiritual guide by pastor Rick Warren to help you answer this question: What on earth am I here for? Warren explains why you were created and how to fulfill God’s 5 key purposes for you. In The Purpose Driven Life summary, we’ll outline these 5 purposes. This book is primarily for Christians or believers who wish to deepen their relationship with God and fulfill their purpose on Earth; it’s also a useful resource for nonbelievers to understand practical Christian teachings and find meaning in life. For the full details, Biblical references and examples, do get a copy of the book, or get a detailed overview with our complete book summary bundle.

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The book is broken down into 40 key chapters; Warren recommends that you read 1 chapter a day, reflect on the ideas and personalize the application in your life. By the end of the 40 days, you’ll know why you exist on earth and can live with clarity and purpose. In this article, we’ll briefly outline God’s 5 key purposes for you and the 40 day spiritual journey in the book. Do get a copy of our full 16-page summary for more details or get the full insights from The Purpose Driven Life book.

 

Discovering Your Purpose On Earth

UNDERSTAND WHY YOU EXIST

Your purpose is about God, not you. Today, we’re surrounded by mass media messages that tell us to look within ourselves for answers. We pursue earthly successes that’re empty and temporary. You were placed on earth for God’s cosmic purposes, which stretch into eternity. The only way to reveal your purpose is through a relationship with Christ. Don’t try to use God for your purpose; let God use you for His purposes instead.

For Days 1-7, Warren focuses on insights and reflections to (i) put God at the center of your life, (ii) rethink the current driving forces in your life, (iii) consider how your deeds on Earth are preparing you for eternal life, (iv) review what the Bible tells us about Life as a test, a trust and a temporary assignment (and what it means for your life on Earth), and (v) understand why/how the 5 purposes below are part of your existence to bring glory to God. You can get more details/insights from the book or our complete book summary.

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FULFILLING YOUR 1ST PURPOSE: GIVING GOD PLEASURE

Anything that brings pleasure to God is called “worship”, and the first purpose of your life is to bring pleasure to God via worship. Music can be a part of worship, but worship is much more than music. Any activity can be transformed into an act of worship so long as you do it for God’s glory and pleasure.

For Days 8-13, Warren walks you through various aspects of how you can please God (i) with specific acts of worship, (ii) by offering/surrendering yourself to God fully, (iii) deepening your friendship with Him, and (iv) worshiping him even when he seems far away and unresponsive. We’ll elaborate on each of these areas in our full book summary.

FULFILLING YOUR 2ND PURPOSE: BEING AN INTEGRAL PART OF GOD’S FAMILY

God’s second purpose for your life is to be a member of His family. You’re created to be part of God’s family. As His children, the church is our spiritual family and other believers are our brothers/ sisters. This spiritual family is eternal whereas our blood families can end with divorce, separation and death.

Days 15-21 are about considering (i) your place in God’s family and how you treat your family members, (ii) how you can give priority to your relationships, (iii) how you committed/involved you are to your local church (the body of Christ), (iv) if/how you can build real fellowships or the shared experience of Christian life (not just socializing with church friends), (v) how to make peace and repair broken fellowships, and (vi) protect the unity of the Church).

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YOUR 3RD PURPOSE: BECOMING CHRIST-LIKE

Your third purpose is to become more like Jesus Christ—not to be a god, but to become godly through your actions and character. Humans are the only beings made in God’s image: we have immortal spirits, the intellectual ability to reason, the capacity to love, and the ability to know right from wrong. Your time on earth is meant to shape you and prepare you for eternity in Heaven. This involves more than prayer and Bible study; you must also practice Christ-like thinking/acting and develop new godly habits.

Days 22-28 focus on (i) deliberately choosing the right things to fulfill God’s purposes, (ii) maturing spiritually, (iii) embracing God’s Word with daily Christian living, (iv) using your circumstances and problems to build your character, and (v) overcoming temptation. Do get more details/insights from the book or our complete 16-page summary.

YOUR 4TH PURPOSE: SERVING OTHERS WITH YOUR GIFTS (YOUR MINISTRY)

You were created for a unique role on earth (that no one else can fill). Every Christian (not just the pastors, priests and clergy) is called to God’s service (your Ministry). You serve Him by using your God-given abilities to help others. This is a full-time commitment, not something you do in your free time.

For Days 29-35, Warren takes you through what it means to (i) answer God’s call to service, (ii) identify and use the SHAPE that God specifically gave to you (your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience), (iii) hone/nurture your shape, (iv) admit to and embrace your weaknesses and (v) become a true servant.

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YOUR 5TH PURPOSE: SPREADING THE WORD TO NONBELIEVERS (YOUR MISSION)

Your ministry is about serving other believers, while your mission is about reaching out to nonbelievers. one of Jesus’ followers is commissioned to continue what he began on earth: to free God’s children from Satan’s power. Share the love of Christ with everyone you encounter in your daily work/life. In the process, you impact their eternal salvation.

Days 36-38 focus on how to (i) address the fears holding you back from your mission, (ii) craft and share your Life Message, and (iii) become a world-class tool for God to spread the Good News effectively.

LIVING THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE

Now that you know God’s 5 purposes for you on earth, you can start to (i) balance and fulfill all 5 purposes and (ii) develop a life purpose statement to guide your life. The last 2 days (days 39-40) focus on helping you to get started and truly live a purpose driven life.

 

Other Details in “The Purpose Driven Life”

This is a detailed spiritual guidebook with a chapter for each of the 40 days summarized above. In our complete book summary bundle, we cover an overview of your 5 purposes and the ideas for the 40-day spiritual discovery.  To dive deep into the exercises and reflections, do get a copy of the book which also includes: (i) extensive Biblical quotations, (ii) Biblical examples of people who lived out God’s will, (iii) stories from Warren’s own life and ministry, (iv) practical tips, and (v) a guided daily meditation for each of the 40 days. Alternatively, you can get more details and resources at www.purposedriven.com.

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