“Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do.” Ephesians 5:15 (Ph)
One of the events in the summer Olympics is the pentathlon. It is composed of five events:
- Pistol shooting
- Horseback riding
The pentathlete’s goal is to succeed in all five areas, not just one or two.
Your life is a pentathlon of five purposes, which you must keep in balance. These purposes were practiced by the first Christians in Acts 2, explained by Paul in Ephesians 4, and modeled by Jesus in John 17, but they are summarized in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus.
God’s five purposes for your life are,
- Love God with all your heart – You were planned for God’s pleasure, so your purpose is to love God through worship.
- Love you neighbor as yourself – You were shaped for serving, so your purpose is to show love for others through ministry
- Go and make disciples – You were made for a mission, so your purpose is to share God’s message through evangelism.
- Baptize them into… – You were formed for God’s family, so your purpose is to identify with his church through fellowship
- Teach them to do all things… – You were created to become like Christ, so your purpose is to grow to maturity through discipleship
Keeping these five purposes is balance is not easy. We all tend to overemphasize the purposes we feel most passionate about and neglect the others. Churches do the same thing. But you can keep you life balanced and on track by joining a small group for accountability, by regularly evaluating your spiritual health, by recording your progress in a personal journal, and by passing on what you learn to others.
Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren