Leadership And The Leader – Part 1

I find the story of Winston Churchill fascinating with regards to Purpose. In almost everything Churchill did, he was a failure – He was undistinguished at school – he failed twice to get into the officers training school for the military – Sandhurst – his father said of Churchill that he lacked cleverness, knowledge and any capacity for settled work. He has a great talent for show-off, exaggeration and make believe.

Churchill became a Member of Parliament, but then switched parties and became head of the British Navy only to send it to a catastrophic defeat in the 1st World War, causing him to resign. After being re-elected to Parliament he became Chancellor of the Exchequer and returned Britain to the Gold Standard, which proved financially disastrous and contributed to his resignation from that post.

Yet, as the Prime Minister of Britain during the 2nd World War he shinned. In fact he himself said that that was what he was born for – to lead Britain through the war.

After the war he returned as Prime Minister in 1951 only to resign in 1955 because of ill health.

Was Churchill’s purpose to be Prime Minister of Great Britain during the 2nd World War?

My aim in this paper is to understand that God has a purpose for our lives and that he is working in the events of our lives, including our failures, to prepare us for that destiny.

Before we go any further, we need to establish three old truths:

Who Am I
Who Do I Belong To
Where Am I Going

Who Am I

We cannot know God’s purpose, guidance or calling in our lives if we are not first assured of our place in Christ. And that assurance of our place in Christ begins with the acknowledgment that today, right know, you are a child of God because you have asked God to come into your life.

Who Do I Belong To

This means, then you BELONG to God. Romans 1:5-6:

5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to faith and obedience for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

You are his! And your future is in Him, with Him and through Him.

Where Am I Going

This leads to the fact that our destination is eternity with Jesus.

The most common question and dilemma for many Christians is “What is God calling me to do?” or “Where is God calling me to go?” or even “Is God Calling me?”

What is our purpose and destiny while we live here on earth as followers of Jesus?

My suggestion is that we must start by understanding that our purpose, yours, and mine are the same purpose as every believer. And once we understand this we can then begin to see the unique things God has for us as individuals.

So, lets look at some bible verses:

1 Corinthians 1:2 says: 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours.

What is the calling here?

To be holy.

1 Cor 1:9 says 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

What is the calling here?

To have fellowship with Jesus.

Galatians 5:13 says 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature [a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love

What is the calling here?

To be free from the world and sin.

1 Timothy 6:12 says: 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

What is the calling here?

To eternal life!

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