Last week I talked about how Donald Miller visited our group. It was an amazing time for our group. This week, I expanded on each of one of the points from last week’s discussion: purpose. Specifically, we talked about how we can find our purpose. Here’s what happened.
After reviewing last week’s discussion, we began thinking through the many ways we might be able to find out our own purpose. In the group we wanted to have a test for what would work and what wouldn’t. For something to reveal our purpose it would have to be
- intrinsic (to the person)
- obvious after speculation
- and draw that person into a closer relationship with the Lord.
Almost everything that was brought up failed our test. The Bible is true, but it isn’t very specific to an individual. Prayer, while being a great practice, doesn’t always lead to truth being revealed. It also depends on the ability of the person to hear, so it may or may not be true according to the hearer. Creeds like the Westminster Catechism are great summaries of the truths of the Bible, but fail in being specific as well. They also mostly point to extrinsic details in a person’s life rather than those things already inside them.
So after a long discussion, we concluded that there was no absolute proven way of knowing your purpose. We then talked about how using many of these tools together would be the best scenario. Enter discipleship 101.
Discipleship uses all of these tools, the Bible, prayer, intrinsic value that becomes obvious in a way that draws people closer to God. How that works is still being developed, but I will hopefully have some big help coming soon for those who are interested.