4 Fundamentals that keep life from being absolutely meaningless

army-knifeLucky you! You’ve stumbled onto my first-ever blog post. And it’s completely appropriate that it’s my first one because without getting the following 4 “fundamentals-for-life” straightened out in your head you stand a pretty good chance of the whole thing being a complete and total waste of time.

Good news! The first three are easy! The fourth one is what every human longs to know! And you can implement these into your life no matter how old you are or what season you’re in. They’ll solve a lot of problems.

1. Determine the basis of your Worldview

Our worldview is the lens through which we see the world. (Profound eh?) It effects how we interpret and respond to everything around us. If we reject Absolute Truth and don’t believe we have any accountability to a higher power, how would we view and interact with the people and events in our world? But how differently would we live if we believed that God would not only hold us accountable for every thought, word, and deed, (Ecc 12:14) but that our obedience actually brought Him (and us) great joy now and in eternity?

Ravi Zacharias says that a coherent worldview must answer four questions: that of origin, meaning of life, morality, and destiny. While every major religion stakes a claim on truth, Christianity is unique because it answers all four of these questions.

2. Discovered your Purpose

There is a purpose for all of mankind, and a purpose for us individually. Let’s consider the former right now. I just love the Westminster Shorter Catechism. These Westminster guys nailed it for me!

The chief end of man is to glorify God [1] and enjoy Him forever. [2]

[1] Psa 86, Isa 60:21, Rom. 11:36, 1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31, Rev 4:11
[2] Psa 16:5-11, Psa 144:15, Isa 12:2, Luke 2:10, Phil 4:4, Rev 21:3-4

What more could I add to that? Well, in his book, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, John Piper makes one tweak: “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”

Perfect!

3. Realize your Mission in life

Christians share the same Mission, given by the Son of God Himself in The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20:

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” (emphasis added)

4. Develope a personal Vision

Purpose equals why we’re here. Mission equals what we’re here to do. Vision is the specific and unique call of God on my life to accomplish the Mission and serve the Purpose. Here is the one I wrote for our family:

To invest our time, effort, and resources in the lives of others. [1] To provide living proof of a loving God to a watching world so the light of Jesus Christ within us may shine before all people. [2] To reach into the lives of others and touch something sensitive with the love of God. [3]

[1] Isa. 6:8, John 21:17, 1 Cor. 11:24-25
[2] Matt. 5:16
[3] Rom. 5:5

What is your Personal Ministry Vision?

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