The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren—A Synopsis (continued).
Chapter 7—The Reason for Everything (pages 53-59)
The reason for the universe and all that it contains is to demonstrate the
glory of God—His essence (nature), His significance, His magnificence, His
supremacy and His existence or presence. All of nature reflects His glory.
Throughout history He has revealed His glory.
But the most excellent revelation of God’s glory has been in His Son, Jesus
Christ—the Light of the world. Because of Christ man may actually and truly
understand the glory of God. And since God’s inherent glory has been
clearly revealed to mankind, everyone is commanded to recognize, honor, declare,
praise, reflect and live for His glory. Why? Because God deserves it; He is the
creator and owner of all.
In the entire universe, only fallen angels (demons) and man fail to bring
glory to God. This is the result of sin, prideful rebellion that caused Satan to
fall, as well as each individual that has ever lived upon earth (the exception
being Jesus Christ). Yet, the greatest achievement in life for any person is to
bring glory to God in all his thoughts and activities.
The way a person can bring glory to God is to fulfill his God-ordained
purpose on earth, just as nature does the same by fulfilling its purpose.
Although there are many ways one may bring glory to God, they can be summarized
in God’s five purposes for you life, which follow:
1. By Worshiping God—thoughts and activities of and for God that
are motivated by love, thanksgiving and delight, not duty. It is an all
consuming lifestyle of enjoying and loving God, which involves every
intricate aspect of one’s life.
2. By Loving Believers—understanding that all believers have been
spiritually united in Christ, that all form one union; therefore, to
hurt one is to hurt all; therefore, one glorifies God by honoring, loving
and supporting all members of Christ’s body.
3. By Becoming Christ-like—understanding that every believer has
been given a new nature (every believer has been indwelt permanently
by the Holy Spirit), which allows each one through genuine submission to the
Spirit to express, on a continuing upward scale, the characteristics of
Christ. This is achieving spiritual maturity, an activity that glorifies
4. By Serving Others with one’s Gifts—since God has given to every
person unique talents and abilities for the purpose of benefiting others, to
do so is to glorify God.
5. By Sharing Christ with Others—which is the fulfillment of
Christ’s commission to every believer. Nothing is dearer to God’s heart and
glorifies Him more than for a believer to share the gospel message of His
only begotten Son with those who are lost and without Him.
For a believer to fulfill the multifaceted (five-fold) purpose for his life
requires alterations in priorities, schedules, relationships and activities.
This is not always simple or easy. It often requires retreating from
self-centered goals such as comfort and pleasure. It requires an orientation on
promised eternal rewards. It requires a decision—to live for God or for
But if a believer will make the correct choice to fulfill his God-ordained
purpose in life, he’ll find that God will grant him all the power to do it.
First comes commitment, then comes the wherewithal (resources and
inner-strength) to accomplish the decision to glory God.
If anyone who is reading this book is not sure that he or she is saved, being
saved is the first step in fulfilling God’s purpose in life. To be saved is to
come to the realization that nothing a person can do (through personal
good works, religion or anything else supported by man) will save him. A person
only needs to understand that Jesus Christ, God-incarnate, paid the
penalty-price for all his sins (past, present and future) on the cross; and
because Christ did this, no payment is therefore necessary by the person. And
the only way a lost person may apprehend (achieve) God’s promise of
eternal salvation through Jesus Christ is by faith—the receiving
or acceptance (a decision of one’s will) in full and genuine confidence the
Person and sacrifice (believing it to be totally sufficient) of Jesus Christ.
When this is done, one is granted instantaneous and permanent eternal life.
Once this is a surety in the person’s life, he is then ready to discover and
start living God’s other purposes ordained for him in life, which the remainder
of this book will address. But one word of advice, any person who has recently
received Christ in faith and has been “born again,” should immediately find and
alert other believers in Christ. The support from others will solidify and
strengthen a young believer in truly achieving and living God’s five-fold
purpose for his life.
“The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God.” (pg. 53)
“What is the glory of God? It is who God is. It is the essence of His nature,
the weight of His importance, the radiance of His splendor, the demonstration of
His power, and the atmosphere of His presence. God’s glory is the expression of
His goodness and all His other intrinsic, eternal qualities.” (pg. 53)
“God’s glory is best seen in Jesus Christ. He, the Light of the world,
illuminates God’s nature. Because of Jesus, we are no longer in the dark about
what God is really like.” (pg. 54)
“All sin, at its root, is failing to give God glory. It is loving anything
else more than God. Refusing to bring glory to God is prideful rebellion, and it
is the sin that caused Satan’s fall—and ours, too.” (pg. 55)
“Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving Him, and
giving ourselves to be used for His purpose.” (pg. 56)
“The more you develop Christ-like character, the more you will bring glory to
God.” (pg. 56)
“The way you’re “wired” is not an accident. God didn’t give you your
abilities for selfish purposes. They were given to benefit others, just as
others were given abilities for your benefit.” (pg. 57)
“Once we know the truth, He expects us to share it with others.” (pg. 57)
[Note: From this chapter forward, this synopsis will only list the
Scripture references instead of stating them in their entirety—it should be
understood that the listing of each verse is in chronological order as to how
they are used in the chapter]
Romans 11:36; Proverbs 16:4; Psalm 19:1; Genesis 3:8; Exodus 33:18-23;
40:33-38; 1 Kings 7:51; 8:10-13; John 1:14; Ephesians 2:21-22; 2 Corinthians
4:6-7; Exodus 24:17; 40:34; Psalm 29:1; Isaiah 6:3, 4; 60:1; Luke 2:9;
Revelation 21:23; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:6b; John 1:14; 1 Chronicles
16:24; Psalm 29:1; 66:2; 96:7; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Revelation 4:11a; Romans
3:23; Isaiah 43:7; John 17:4; Romans 6:13b; 1 John 3:14; Romans 15:7; John
13:34, 35; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:11; John 15;8; 1 Peter 4:10, 11; 2
Corinthians 8:19b; 4:15; John 12:27, 28; John 12:25; 2 Peter 1:3; John 1:12;
The true purpose of all God’s creation, including every person within it, is
to bring glory to God. This purpose is multifaceted, which can be summarized
with five provisions—(1) worshiping God, (2) loving believers, (3) becoming
Christ-like, (4) serving others, and (5) sharing Jesus Christ—the gospel
message—with the lost of the world. Once a commitment to this end is made, God
will supply the resources and power for it to be accomplished. But the first
step is salvation, which may only come by faith alone in Christ alone.
To fulfill God’s purpose in life, although difficult in light of worldly
standards, is to achieve ultimate satisfaction in life and eternal rewards