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November 9, 2014

Chapter 11 What’s Your Mission? How Not to Waste Your Life from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

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Part 3 Define

John Piper captures this well: “Whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”

There are four components to the first step in this process, “define”:

  1. Mission: Develop a personal mission statement.
  2. Vision: Know your overarching life calling, or life goal, and how it differs from your mission.
  3. Roles: Know the specific everyday callings in your life.
  4. Goals: Know how to create change at quarterly, yearly, and multiyear increments.2

Chapter 11 What’s Your Mission? How Not to Waste Your Life

Think of the worst possible situation you could be in. Your mission statement is a good one if it is able to help you then, in those circumstances.

William Wilberforce as an example: Mission: Glorify God and enjoy him forever. Life Goal: Bring an end to the slave trade.

The purpose of life is to know God, enjoy God, reflect his glory back to him by pursuing justice and mercy in all things, and do this in community with others through Jesus Christ.

There is an objective purpose to your life that you did not set. Your mission is discovered, not chosen.

we start by looking explicitly at what the Bible says about the purpose of our lives first, and only then doing an exercise like writing our obituary.

The purpose of life is to know God, enjoy God, reflect his glory back to him, and do this in community with others through Jesus Christ.

If you only capture your purpose, you are in the realm of law and will live a law-based rather than gospel-based life. That’s why, in addition to our core purpose and core principles, a mission statement also includes the third component of core beliefs.

Doing justice means not just being fair and honest in all your dealings but using any influence and ability you have on behalf of those in need.

Gladly pursuing justice and mercy, in fellowship with God, is at the essence of our life purpose. It is the supreme display, you could say, of knowing God, and the chief means by which we glorify him.

there are three main components to a good mission: 1. Core purpose 2. Core principles 3. Core beliefs

The ultimate foundation of your mission is not your character or even correct principles. It’s what God has done for you in Christ and the fact that, if you believe in Christ, God is now your Father

Core Purpose To do all the good I possibly can, for as many people as I possibly can, as often as I possibly can, in all spheres of life, regardless of whatever difficulties I meet with, and to do this to the glory of God through Jesus Christ

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