What’s God’s Mission Statement for Your Life?
Have you ever thought about what your purpose is for your life? Sure, as Christian’s it’s easy to say “to glorify God”, but have you really sat down, and deeply pondered what you want to be your life’s mission? Why did God create you? When you leave this planet, what legacy will you leave behind? What are the values you want to uphold for your life?
Honestly, in my early years of being a Christ-follower, I never really gave any of these questions a thought. But as I get older, these are the type of questions I’ve started to think about.
For any organization, whether for-profit, not-for-profit, or even your local church, they all have a mission statement. A mission statement summarizes the aims, values, and purpose of a company or organization. It helps steer an organization in all it does.
Here are some examples of great mission statements:
- IKEA: To create a better everyday life for the many people.
- American Express: We work hard every day to make American Express the world’s most respected service brand.
- Tesla: To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
Without a mission statement, IKEA, American Express, and even Tesla would not know what they do as a company. And without a clear purpose on what the goals of their company are, they would find it difficult to be successful. A mission statement is a lighthouse guiding an organization in a heavy fog. Without it, they get lost.
God directs our steps
As Christians, God should be the lighthouse guiding our life through the cultural fog of worldly affairs. If we arrange our life around the goal of making God’s glory the end result, God will direct our steps by his Spirit and grace. In Proverbs 16:9 it says “the heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
If our life is arranged around our own selfish ends, God will not direct our steps. We should expect to wander aimlessly in a sea of fog unable to locate shore. It’s difficult to know sometimes if our intentions are guided to glorify God or to satisfy our own selfish ambition.
One of the best ways to arrange all we do around God’s will is to put together a mission statement for our life. You may be asking, “how do I create a personal mission statement?”
What’s God’s Mission for Your Life?
Here’s are a few questions to ask yourself to get started on putting together your personal mission statement. Forbes.com has some really good questions that will help you craft that perfect personal mission statement.
- Choose your path. Life is a journey. We make a series of decisions on a daily basis. Should we take this path or that path? Some decisions are very minor, but others can have a big impact on our lives. For example, deciding on which university you end up attending could make a difference in your future career prospects. So, ask yourself this question: which path does God want you to take in life? If you can’t figure this out, pray on it. God will direct your thoughts.
- Find your core. So who are you? Who do you want to become? What is your purpose? These are difficult questions to ask, but they help you dig deeper to drive action.
- Be honest with yourself. We need to be real with ourselves. Deceiving ourselves and not acknowledging our ‘true’ underlining motivations will undermine our own personal growth. So, don’t be afraid to be brutally honest. Ask yourself “what motivates me?” Is it money, family, friends, recognition, altruism, etc?
- Write your own obituary. Yes, write your own obituary. I know this sounds quite morbid and a bit depressing. When that day inevitability comes, what will your spouse, family, and friends say about you at your funeral? This exercise helps in two ways. First, it helps us better understand how others view who we are. Secondly, reveals whether or not our circle of influence is a positive or negative influence on us. Do they encourage or hinder your personal growth?
- What does God think of you? I know this will be hard to answer, but what does God think of you? When the time comes and you and God have the final talk at the pearly gates, what will God say about you? Will he be proud, or disappointed in how you led your life? After you have finished crafting your first draft, ask yourself, what will God say about me if I lead this life? Asking this will help guide your personal mission statement around the intention to glorify God.
Sitting down and crafting a personal mission statement will take some time to do. It will not be easy but being intentional about this process will pay off in the end. I’m not saying having the best God-centric mission statement will ensure you make it into heaven. But it should help guide your life in the direction of glorifying God.
Here’s a challenge for you, the reader. Make every effort to sit down and craft a personal mission statement. Ask yourself the above questions. Take time and don’t rush the process. Your mission statement should be no more than 2 sentences in length.
Instead of making a New Year’s resolution this year that you most likely won’t stick to; how about starting the New Year out right with a personal mission guided by God’s will.
So what is God’s mission for your life? Take the challenge and find out!
Christian, Husband, Political junkie, Braves fan, Marvel Nerd, craft beer aficionado, and a sinner saved by grace. He has a passion for helping Christian men grow in their faith. He is the founder and editor of Joshua’s Outpost.