BY BRIAN HOUSTON
(ACC17 GUEST SPEAKER)
Why am I here? What was I born to do? In the heart of each of us is the longing to know our purpose – it’s a question that even church leaders must continually ask themselves.
Knowing and understanding your purpose – what you are called to do and what you are anointed for – is key to walking your leadership path with vision. A career is what you are paid to do but a calling is what you were made to do. That is the difference.
“Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?”” (1 Samuel 10:1). Saul was anointed for a specific purpose as “commander over the Lord’s inheritance.”
Jesus also accepted and understood His purpose as he declared the fulfilment of Isaiah 61:1-2, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me…” (Luke 4:18-19).
Jesus and Saul were anointed for something specific. You are also anointed for something specific. Sadly, many people never work out what they are anointed to do. We must be who God called us to be – not copy someone else. The end of that path is frustration and disappointment.
To seek out and build God’s purpose, calling and anointing in your life, it is essential that you stay planted, hungry for the Word of God and focused on the vision that originally called you to serve Christ and build the kingdom.
We were not called to simply exist, but to excel. Get an understanding about what God has called you for and walk in that anointing. Take responsibility for the behaviours that go with your position and refuse to compare yourself to others. Step up, refuse to be intimidated or shrink back from the unique call on your life. Allow God to do in you what He wants to do and don’t underestimate what amazing things He has in store.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at your unique calling, purpose and anointing