Life Matter: Your Anointing

"Once you spoke in a vision,  to your faithful people you said:
'I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have raised up a
young man from among the people. I have found David my
servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him'" - Psalm 89:19-20.

David was anointed, which means the Spirit was with him to help him do God's will. Jesus was referred to as the Anointed One: "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him" (Acts 10:38). You are also anointed when you function in your purpose and that anointing isn't restricted to church work; it's for God's work, however that is defined for you and your life. What is your purpose? What do you sense God's presence helping you do, which is your anointing, regardless of where you do it?

Today's reading - Psalms 86-90


W47D4 - Purpose

"So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your
people and to distinguish between right and wrong.
For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” - 1 Kings 3:9.

When Solomon discovered his purpose to lead Israel, he was confronted with the scope of the job and his inadequacy to fulfill it. What was his response? Did he go to school to get an MBA? Enlist a mentor? Appoint a more seasoned cabinet of advisors? There is nothing wrong with any of those practices for a leader, but Solomon chose none of them. Instead, he prayed and asked God to give him wisdom. It was this wisdom in response to his prayer that has been Solomon's best-known trait through the centuries, and it came as a result of prayer. Leaders must pay attention to all sorts of personal development strategies and practices, but there is none more important as prayer as they carry out their duties with full awareness of how much they need God's help.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to make prayer a higher priority in your daily regimen. When you realize your purpose requires more than you have to give, it should lead you to prayer. When do you pray? How long? Do you have a prayer list? For what and whom are you praying? As you reflect on these questions, also give thought to how you can deepen your prayer life. How can you increase your time in prayer? Have you considered a prayer retreat?


W42D4 - Purpose

"Even so the body is not made
up of one part but of many" - 1 Corinthians 12:14.

An organization is not that much different from the church or body of Christ, for both are made up of parts that serve different functions and together serve a larger purpose. In the church, people have spiritual gifts; in a company, each person has talents or strengths. In the church, there is purpose to spread the good news and strengthen and train the members. In business, the purpose is whatever the chosen end result of the company happens to be. When people in the church or business know the purpose and what they are to contribute toward that end - assuming they are gifted or talented in that expected contribution - then usually things run smoothly and there are anointed results in the church, and effective and efficient results in business.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to assess how well your parts understand who they are and how what they are asked to do contributes to the overall purpose of the organization. Go around today today (or hold a meeting) and ask people what the vision or misson of your organization is. If they don't know or aren't clear, then perhaps it's time to redefine the vision or find ways to take the current statement and communicate it more regularly and clearly.


W37D4 - Purpose

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" - Jeremiah 1:5.

Jeremiah was confronted at the beginning of his career as a prophetic leader in Judah that this was his life's work. In other words, he was fulfilling his God-assigned purpose as he led. The Lord had known and appointed him to lead before he was even born. This changes the question of whether or not leaders are born or made to "Are leaders called?" In this case and many others in Scripture, it is clear that God called David, Joseph, Moses, Deborah, Esther and John the Baptist to lead. All leaders should have a sense that what they are doing is God's will for their lives and that God's purpose for leaders is not limited to church work, but covers every aspect of God's creation.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Today's Step is to clarify your sense of purpose and calling in what you are doing now. If you are leading your garden club, a women's Bible study, a Boy Scout troop, or any aspect of your company, do you have a sense that God has called you to that position? And as you lead, are you fulfilling your purpose? If you can say 'yes' to both questions, then you can truthfully say, "God called me to this!" If not, it's time to resign and refocus.


W32D4 - Purpose

"On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted
with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,
just as Peter had been to the circumcised" - Galatians 2:7.

Paul's purpose was clear to those with whom he shared it, which means it first had to be clear to Paul. And Peter's was so clear to him that he was able to share it with Paul. Both men knew what they were created to do and therefore were able to clearly communicate it to others so they would know what to expect from those two leaders. This allowed both men to focus on their strengths and not interfere with each other's purpose, Leaders are people of purpose, not doing things just because they can do them, but because there are certain things they do that no one else can do - and that is and should be their main contribution to their team and organization.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to hone your purpose statement to make sure it is clear to you, so you can make it clear to others. Start by taking the purpose assessment found on my website. Then follow through on the suggestions you will receive in a return email. You may also wish to do some additional study of Paul's purpose, and an article to help you do that is also found on my website. Don't stop seeking until your purpose is clear to you and others.


W27D4 - Purpose

"About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road,
I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun,
blazing around me and my companions. We all fell
to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me
in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?
It is hard for you to kick against the goads'" - Acts 26:13-14.

In today's passage, the Apostle Paul was standing before the king and Roman officials describing his encounter with the Lord on the Damascus Road. That encounter launched his ministry to the Gentiles, which was the foundation for his leadership of the early and modern church. Notice the clarity with which Paul spoke about something that had happened so long ago. A leader's leadership should emanate from his or her call or purpose, and that purpose should be easy for the leader to explain and for others to understand. Without purpose, leaders are simply 'hired guns,' doing a job for money and benefits, often without passion and creative energy.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Do you know your purpose? Can you describe it in one simple sentence or brief explanation? Are you fulfilling your purpose in your current leadership role? Your Step today is to take the purpose assessment found at www.purposequest.com. The assessment is made up of 20 statements to which you will respond and receive back an evaluation of where you are in your quest for purpose. The follow up will have advice to help you be more purposeful.


W22D4 - Purpose

"The one who plants and the one who waters
have one purpose, and they will each be
rewarded according to their own labor.
For we are co-workers in God’s service;
you are God’s field, God’s building" - 1 Corinthians 3:9.

Not only do the members of a team have diverse gifts and strengths, they have differing personal purposes or life missions that distinguish them from one another. This life work should play out most significantly in their work or ministry roles, for that is where they spend most of their time every day. Yet most organizations look past the purpose of the individual and instead focus on the purpose of the organization. Effective leaders capitalize on the purpose of each team member to fit it into the overall purpose of the organization.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you maximizing the benefits of individual purpose for your organization? Today's Step is to help people identify their purpose or mission so they can be more engaged and effective in their work. In your next few staff meetings ask these questions: What would you do with your time if you had all the money to live on? What compliment have you heard all your life? What gives you greatest joy? Then see how the answers can help your business.


W17D4 - Purpose

"But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations" - Psalm 33:11.

God doesn't just have a purpose for individuals or the Church, He has a purpose for every organization, including companies, governments, schools, and other enterprises. A leader's job is to help identify that organizational purpose and then help individuals express their purpose within the larger group purpose. Some call this vision, mission, calling or destiny, but when God's purpose aligns with group purpose and individual purpose is expressed, there is a flow of energy and alignment that stems from God's involvement, even if it's a bank or a garden club.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Today you will develop, reaffirm or clarify the purpose for each organization of which you are a leader, including your family. Does that entity have a purpose statement? If so, is it accurate? Is it operational? Do followers know what it is? If your group does not have a statement, then you will help develop one. Gather people together and summarize why that organization (or family) exists in one short sentence that has accuracy and life to it.


W12D4 - Purpose

“This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut" - Isaiah 45:1.

The Lord refers to Cyrus as "his anointed" even though Cyrus was a pagan king. God had chosen him to lead and do God's will where other nations were concerned. God chooses leaders, not just in the church, but also in other domains of life, and is present to guide if they choose His help. He also holds them accountable to act righteously in their positions. While most would restrict 'anointing' to the church world, this verse makes it possible to have an 'anointed' banker, politician, military leader, school administrator, or any other position requiring a leadership role.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Where is your anointing? In other words, where do you serve and sense God is with you to help you, even if that role is outside the church? The answers to these questions should impact your prayer life, as you help direct God's involvement in your sphere of influence. Your step today is to develop a prayer strategy that includes every aspect of your anointing, which may include things like your personnel decisions, marketing plans and innovation.


W7D4 - Purpose

"God blessed them; and God said to them,
'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,
and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea
and over the birds of the sky and over every living
thing that moves on the earth'" - Genesis 1:28.

Work was and is God's idea. He blessed Adam and Eve by assigning them meaningful work that made them the rulers over creation as God's coworkers. When one rules, that indicates that one leads, so leadership was the first work God assigned to anyone. Part of their leadership was to be expressed in their fruitfulness, which was tangible productivity that would emanate from their God-assigned and God-directed work.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Your work is a calling from God. It should be a source of joy, meaning, and fulfillment. Is that what you derive from your work? If not, it could be a season you are going through, or it could be you are bored and in the wrong business! The answer may not be to quit your job, but to find meaningful labor outside of work hours. That may start out as a hobby or ministry, but could grow into a second career. Any ideas of what those activities might be for you?