Is God’s Design Purpose Driven?

by Mike Ratliff

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
(Psalms 8:3-4 ESV)

The very first line in Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life is, “It’s not about you.” On the cover the subtitle of the book is, “What on Earth am I here for?” I am convinced that most people who buy this book or study it in classes or programs at their churches are looking for “the way” to find God’s will for their life and are hoping that through this study they will find it and will finally be able to get into stride with Him. The fact that the book is packaged attractively and marketed shrewdly has not hurt how far it has spread or how deeply it has become entrenched in huge numbers of churches. If we give the book a cursory examination it appears quite obtuse or benign. Perhaps it’s just another cleverly packaged and well-marketed self-help book for Christians wanting to know how to better serve their Lord. However, God has already given us His Word and provided teachers and preachers who should be rightly dividing it so that we can know His will.

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