The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren—A Synopsis (continued).
Chapter 38—Becoming a World-Class Christian (pages 297-304)
Every believer has the choice of being either a worldly Christian, one
who looks to God primarily for personal fulfillment; or a world-class
Christian, one who looks to God to be used in God’s service. The Great
Commission is charged to every believer. But in order for a believer to
experience ownership in the Great Commission and thereby be a world-class
Christian, he must restructure his thinking in the following manner:
Shift from self-centered thinking to other-centered thinking.
The believer, through moment-by-moment dependence on God, should strive
to shift from a spiritually immature self-centered way of thinking to a
spiritually mature other-centered way of thinking. This manner of thinking
should be automatic when a believer comes into contact with anyone in life
by the believer asking God for understanding of the other person’s spiritual
Shift from local thinking to global thinking.
The believer should expand his witness-horizon by adding to the
local community around him all the communities of the world. This process
can be cultivated through his prayer ministry (praying for other countries,
for missionaries, for more opportunities to witness), through becoming more
informed of world events, and through participating in short-term mission
projects in other countries.
Shift from “here and now” thinking to eternal thinking.
The believer should maintain an eternal perspective instead of majoring
on minor issues that have no eternal value. In all matters and with all
possessions in life, the believer should conduct his affairs for eternal
Shift from thinking of excuses not to witness to thinking of creative
The believer should realize that there are myriad ways in which his
witness can be effective throughout the world. He needs only to trust God to
reveal those that have been designed for him. He needs no “special call”
from God, because God has given His call to spread the gospel message to
“You have a choice to make. You will be either a world-class Christian
or a worldly Christian.” (pg. 297)
“Worldly Christians look to God primarily for personal fulfillment. . . .
They want to use God for their purposes instead of being used for His
purposes.” (pg. 297)
“God invites you to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse, and
most significant cause in history—His kingdom.” (pg. 298)
“Someday the Great Commission will be the Great Completion.” (pg. 298)
“The great barriers are no longer distance, cost, or transportation. The only
barrier is the way we think.” (pg. 299)
“So much of what we waste our energy on will not matter even a year from now,
much less for eternity. Don’t trade your life for temporary things.” (pg. 302)
“You’ve probably heard the expression ‘You can’t take it with you’—but the
Bible says you can send it on ahead by investing in people who are going
there!” (pg. 303)
“Maybe you have believed that you needed a special ‘call’ from God, and
you’ve been waiting for some supernatural feeling or experience. But God has
already stated His call repeatedly. We are all called to fulfill God’s
five purposes for our lives: to worship, to fellowship, to grow like Christ, to
serve, and to be on mission with God in the world. God doesn’t want to use just
some of His people; He wants to use all of His people. We are all
called to be on-mission for God. He wants His whole church to take the
whole gospel to the whole world.” (pg. 303)
Mark 16:15; Psalm 67:2; Revelation 7:9; 1 Corinthians 14:20; Philippians 2:4;
1 Corinthians 2:12; 10:33; John 3:16; Acts 17:26, 27; Colossians 1:6; Psalm 2:8;
Colossians 4:3; Romans 1:10; Ephesians 6:19; John 17:20; 2 Thessalonians 3:1;
Matthew 9:38; 2 Corinthians 1:11; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Luke 9:62; 1
Corinthians 7:31; Hebrews 12:1; Matthew 6:20, 21; Luke 16:9; 1 Timothy 6:19;
Jeremiah 1:7, 8; Mark 8:35.
Every believer has a choice of either existing as a worldly Christian
(thinking only of self) or as a world-class Christian (thinking of
others). It all depends on his thought processes. If he will shift from
self-centered to other-centered, from local to global, from temporal to eternal,
and from excuse-laden to creative thinking about his place and mission on earth;
he will mature into a world-class Christian. This is every believer’s
personal call from God.