“Come Follow Me”
Picture the scene: a group of young men going about their business, mending nets following a night of fishing. And then the son of a carpenter, with a growing reputation of teaching the things of God, performing miracles and, healings walks by….
And challenged the fishermen, ‘Why not leave your nets? Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men’.
He called them, personally, by name.
He recognised their giftings and skill set. He shared and sold a vision for a different way of life of living.
He gathered and recruited. He instructed and empowered.
Ultimately, with the calling He gave them a sense of purpose.
And that led to lasting fruit and transformed lives.
Purpose found in Service
Os Guinness describes calling as both ‘summons and service’, defining everything we do, everything we are, and everything we invest in. There is considerable agreement that, especially within a Christian context, when people are summoned it is to tasks to which he or she is called.
It is a vocation, a term derived from the Latin “vocare” which means to call.
There is a general call for all people to become Christians, but the call to leadership/role is a summons to serve in a specific area of giftedness for the furtherance of the kingdom.
Malcolm Grundy states, ‘a living sense of vocation has to be one which changes and develops as tasks and responsibilities do.’
We are wired to “do” something and we thrive when we have purpose
Paul writes (Philippians 1:12-14)
“And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.”
The Power of Purpose
Paul was a leader who never drifted from his mission. He was determined to leave his mark wherever he went.
As he sat in prison awaiting his trial, Paul’s sense of purpose kept him in the battle.
Paul might have been forgiven had he chosen to take a little sabbatical, but he used even this opportunity to advance the gospel, and he learned about the power of purpose:
- A purpose will motivate you
- A purpose will keep your priorities straight
- A purpose will develop your potential
- A purpose will give you power to live in the present
- A purpose will help you evaluate your progress