‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
It’s not about you
Rick Warren wrote a book titled Purpose Driven Life.
Which probably holds a record for one of the most sold books. The book begins with the statement it’s not about you.
My guess is that is not what many people expect to read.
You’re saying that my purpose is not about me?
We want the exact opposite.
Especially talking about purpose, we want to hear things like it’s all about me and my happiness, happiness is found within me, or I hold the keys to my destiny.
We want to live like the world revolves around us. And how we live and act prove it.
- We get angry when traffic is not going fast enough.
- Unkind thoughts pop through our heads when the waiter is taking to long.
- If we need to talk to someone they should stop whatever they’re doing and gives us their full attention.
- Service providers have picked up on this and have given us on-demand information, entertainment, and food.
- Almost everything has found a way to please our immediate gratification.
But if you want a true out of this world purpose it doesn’t begin with you.
It begins with God
That’s how you can live a purpose driven life—by living with an acknowledgment and conviction that it’s about God and not you.
We have a choice
There is a story in Matthew 25 about a man who is given an opportunity to invest a large sum of money. If he just does the minimum he can at least gain some interest.
Instead, he chooses to make it all about himself. Out of fear he hides the money.
Lost potential, lost earnings, lost opportunity.
I don’t want to be like the servant who went and hid the money. What a waste of opportunity.
But what if we’re doing the same and we’re just not aware?
Is it possible that many of us are burying Gods gifts instead of investing them?
Rather than taking what God has given us and maximizing it for His glory, we have made it about ourselves and what we want.
What we want requires money, planning, energy, and most importantly time. This means there might not be anything left for God. We end up so weighed down with the weight of debt and fear of losing it all that we can never get out from under it.
After all of this, we don’t have any energy or time left for what God wants. So we hide any gifts or talents God has given us behind excuses.
And life goes by.
I think this is the sad truth for too many people around the world.
It might look different for some people but the consequences look the same. All their God-given potential buried, hidden away. It never gets invested and it never gives a return.
It’s about Him
When you start from the understanding that it’s not about you but God, you make it about God and about others.
You don’t give in to fear because there is more at stake than just your desires.
And you don’t hide your gifts, skills, and talents because it’s not about you.
It’s about God and His purpose for your life.
And when you live like that you don’t live a purpose hidden life rather you live with a purpose on full display for the world to see.