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::Devotional:: ‘A Man Won’t Lead Without Purpose’

September 9, 2010

A man needs a mission, a purpose, a challenge for success.  Simply put, a man needs something to conquer on a daily basis.  At least that’s what I’ve found in my own life.  Yet at the same time a man will tend to shy away from areas where he is fearful of failing.  You see, a man won’t lead where he feels he can’t succeed.

Why don’t we see more male leadership in the church today?  I believe it’s because we’re not discipling them to lead.  Sure we tell them what’s expected of them as leaders but it seems that there is a reluctance to get involved on a hands-on level.  In other words, how can a man lead if he’s only ever been told that he needs to lead.  Somewhere along the lines, someone will have get their hands dirty and show him how to lead.

One thing that a man fears more than anything else, at least this one does, is failure.  When you combine that fear of failure with a lack of identified purpose in a man it is hard for him to step up and lead.

Therefore it is important for us to teach a man what his purpose is and how to be successful at it.  I think there are four key points in carrying out this type of teaching or discipling and today we will cover the first one – Identifying Purpose.

Key Point 1 – Identifying Purpose – The purpose of the Christian life is to glorify God.

“having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”  Ephesians 1:11-12

What is the chief end of man?  That is the first question in the Westminster Catechism.  You could rephrase that question and say, “what is man’s purpose?”  The answer?  “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”  Man’s purpose is to glorify God with his life.

Next time we’ll take a look at how we are called to fulfill that purpose.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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