Management: GDP (Gospel Driven Productivity)

GDP: Gospel Driven Productivity Introduction

My notes from the book "What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done" by Matthew Aaron Perman

Gospel Driven Productivity
We are to use all that we have, in all areas of life, for the good of others, to the glory of God - and that is the most exciting life.

Love, Generosity, creativity, competence, and adventure!

"Do the right things in a flexible way"

To "avoid the tragedy of the empty self, we need to know our purpose and direction in life... (Luke 9:23-25)"

Define, Architect, Reduce, and Execute.

Define: missions, values, goals --
-- Architect: schedule, routine --
---- Reduce: DEAD (delegating, Eliminating, Automating, Deferring) --
------ Execute: projects, actions, tactics

A sense of adventure in doing good!

The ultimate result of GDP is the transformation of the world socially, economically, and spiritually, to the glory of God.

GDP + SealFit = Focused, relaxed, adaptable (at peace) even when everything around you seems to be falling apart. Stay oriented and keep going!


The primary purpose of...

My Life:

Purpose of my life:

  • To live my life for Jesus who first gave His life for me!
    "[Jesus] died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." 2 Corinthians 5:15

Mission of my life:

  • Do good works to the glory of God.
    "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" Ephesians 2:10
  • Love God, keep His commands, pass the faith on to my children.
    "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." The Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4-7
  • Love my wife as Christ loved the Church.
    "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself." Ephesians 5:25-28
  • Love my neighbors as myself.
    "'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?' And he said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.'" Greatest commandment, Matthew 22:36-40
  • Make disciples.
    "And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.' Great commission, Matthew 28:18-20

Love God, love my wife, leave a Godly legacy, love my neighbor as myself, and make disciples!

My Work:

Your job is actually service that you render to the Lord Himself! ... We do our work as an act of worship to Him, and that service we render is ultimately to him and not to any person.

  • Work to love God
  • Work to love others
  • Work to reflect God's character
  • Work for money
    ["For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10
    "Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
    but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense." Proverbs 12:11
    "Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need." Ephesians 4:28]
  • Work for enjoyment
    ["As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy." 1 Timothy 6:17
    "Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God." Ecclesiastes 5:18-19]
  • Work to adorn the Gospel of Jesus Christ


Cultivate a burning desire to do better every day, to meet my commitments, and to maintain a winning attitude. (2)

Efficiency vs Effectiveness

Efficiency: getting more done in less time.

Effectiveness: getting the right things done.

productivity is not first about getting more things done faster. It's about getting the right things done... Simply speeding up doesn't help if you aren't going in the right direction in the first place.

References and Resources:

  1. Unless otherwise noted, quotes are from: "What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done" by Matthew Aaron Perman
  2. "8 Weeks to SEALFIT: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness" by Mark Divine
  3. "Implementing What's Best Next" Posted by Daniel Bennett at God-Centered Christian
  4. "The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs" Sebastian Traeger, Zondervan (January 28, 2014)