Find your BIG picture purpose

Feb. 11, 2017 | by Rob Streetman

As you read this, keep in mind that pastors are leaders in the workplace. In fact, each one has the opportunity to be a leader of leaders. However, it is hard to lead people into places where we have not gone—and are going—ourselves. 

Read this from two perspectives: For your own personal growth; and for the growth of those God has given you to shepherd. Feel free to share with the leaders in your spheres of influence.

Well, here we are again: The beginning of another year. I pray that you, your family, and your organization are well and well blessed, in 2017.  I hope that you will discover God’s purpose, plan and power for joyful, Spirit-filled ministry. 

Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass.

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,

And your justice as the noonday.  —Psalm 37:4-6

God intends to give you the desires He has placed in your heart. Trust Him, and He will bring it to pass. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light. Others will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

However, there is a catch—a condition. God requires that we first find, and surrender to, the BIG picture purposes He has established. This is both good for His kingdom, and good for us.

I dare to say that most owners and executives find purpose in their profession. While this seems acceptable (even honorable), it is a limited and inhibiting perspective. Our purpose in life is much grander than any profession or organizational entity. These things should be considered inside (i.e., serving) the BIG picture purposes of our lives.

Many workplace leaders are unhappy in their profession because their full purpose in life has been constrained—is being held captive – by the very thing to which they have committed most of their waking hours and energy. 

For the Christian in the workplace, this is particularly problematic; for their purpose in life includes ministry – the good work they were created to walk in (Ephesians 2:10). It is not healthy to allow the things of this world to control and oppress the things of eternity. It limits our imagination and the potential for exceedingly, abundantly greater things (Ephesians 3:20).

Workplace Ministry Tip: Intentionally set aside, in your mind, what your business or profession defines as your purpose. Step back and consider your life in the broadest context possible. Include your heart’s desires, your relationships and your burdens for others, and your gifts and talents.  Consider your responsibilities as disciple maker and transformation agent. What does all this say about God’s purpose and ministry for you, in this season of your life? 

Now, put your business or profession back in the picture – inside the BIG picture. Ask yourself, how does this serve the purpose of my life? I believe you will find yourself suddenly excited about your newfound freedom. Let me know.   

Topics: Discipleship, Leadership, Ministry, Vision, Workplace/Marketplace Ministry

Rob Streetman

Rob Streetman is the president of inLight Consulting and is author of The Map Maker. He is called to encourage, edify and equip Workplace Leaders as disciple makers and transformation agents. He began inLight in 2005, after 25+ years in the IT industry.

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