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Will You Graduate Or Flunk Out From God’s University? Chapt. 5 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 11, 2008

Palm Tree Crown by KC England from Flickr Public Files

Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.

“Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

God tests us all through our lives, but he also trusts us. The way we see ourselves and our lives affects how we pass these tests and how we use the God-given gifts He has entrusted us with. How do you view your life? Are your metaphors positive or are they negative?

Rick Warren tells us that these ideas and “temporary assignment” discussed in the next chapter are the foundation of the purpose driven life and that he will use them to help us learn about God’s view on life.

Warren counted more than 200 tests described in the bible like Abraham with Isaiac, Jacob with Rachel or even His own son in the desert and in the Garden of Gethemene. We are tested all the time in small ways, but from time to time we get a midterm and we can feel it. How have you felt God testing you over the years? Or recently?

God also trusts us. We are given gifts. Like the tests, some are small, but some are very important. We need to use these gifts for God’s purpose and be good stewards of what he has entrusted us with. We need to be good and faithful servants. As we pass our tests and use our gifts, the bible tells us God will entrust us with more gifts and more responsibilities and we will eventually be called to celebrate and share our Master’s happiness.

Think about your gifts and talents and how you are using them for good. Ask yourself whether you have gifts you are neglecting or gifts you are struggling with and unwilling to use for God.

Warren quotes from the bible: “Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven.” Luke 16:10-11.

Tomorrow we will look at the third aspect, “temporary assignment,” when we look at Chapt. 6. Wishing peace to all.

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