Over the past year, I have been giving considerable thought to my personal mission statement. A lot of the material in both the corporate and Christian book market is helpful but more times than not divorced from a clear gospel center.
So, I was delighted when I recently read Matt Perman’s brief but helpful post on his blog (What’s Best Next) entitled 5 Questions to Consider When Creating a Personal Mission Statement.
Matt frames the issue correctly when he writes,
“I would want to say that we should be promise-driven people rather than purpose-driven. (The promise is the gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection for us. God acts on our behalf. Therefore we can work.)…In sum, a mission statement is not the ultimate motivating purpose in our life. God’s work on our behalf in Christ is. Our purpose — and motivation for it — flows from that.”