Philippians 3:7-9, But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,…

How is it that a repentant Paul could accomplish so much in twenty years of ministry? What was it that pushed him forward? The beatings, the mocking and the general discomfort of living a life in contrast to what many wanted him to be had to be so much to bear. What made Paul effective as a leader is that he identified his purpose and pursued it with great passion.

Before Paul was converted, he had a different focus in life. (Acts 9) As a member of the Pharisees, he had gone as far as one could from a theological standpoint. In this he could boast about his training, heritage and practice in religion. Paul was a textbook Jewish practitioner and a model Hebrew. In reflection Paul would throw away all his credentials for being a follower of Christ. He wanted to know who Jesus was so badly, he was willing to throw away everything that defined Paul.

Paul would preach that in Jesus, all believers would possess all the righteousness of God. In the economy of our salvation, knowing Jesus is worth more than anything else man can assume on his own. Jesus is, in fact, the gold standard of faithful reward. Living that out meant that Paul would be shaped by everything that relationship meant to him.

Our question is a very simple one. Once we answer this question, we can have peace and real substance in our life. What is my purpose? We are purpose built to be servants of no less than God himself. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) As you walk through life try to search out every way you can be His servant. Do you carry his message or does your life get in the way of people hearing the truth about the Gospel?

Real leaders start with a simple mission idea or statement, from there all things develop. Goals are established and plans for eventual success are implemented.

You may not see yourself as a leader, but the truth is that whether the world has us in a leadership position or not, we are responsible to lead ourselves as we are led by God. We discipline ourselves and we grow according to the wants of the master. What is your purpose? Are you living it? Satan will spend a lot of time distracting you from your designed purpose. Leadership is important. Walk toward the goal daily understanding your place in this world. Godspeed…