DO YOU KNOW YOUR ASSIGNMENT?
Father God, in Jesus name we bring You honour and glory. Jesus Christ, You alone are our Lord and Saviour and we thank You for setting us free and giving us eternal life. Holy Spirit thank You for Your presence in our lives. Amen!
With my husband’s career, we attend many functions, meeting new people regularly. Most of the times during the conversations, the topic of careers come up and it is always interesting to hear the different responses. Some people are happy, others are not sure and many just goes with the flow. This makes me think about my own life and where I am at this point of my life. Yes, I have had a dream career of becoming a Personal Assistant to some corporate manager, and although I have moved into management myself, I did not follow my original plan.
As the time went by, I have enjoyed my role in Human Resources, but my heart has always been in Ministry. I realised that I wanted to work for the Lord, yet I had a responsibility to contribute to the family income as to ensure proper education for our children, together with ensuring comfortable living standards. Giving my life to Jesus at the age of 12, I have not had difficulty to understand my identity and role in Christ. I know that I must live out God’s plan, no matter where I am or what I am doing. Hence, for me, I see life as taking on assignments in God’s Master Plan.
When we go into the Word of God, God makes it very clear that we have a purpose:
Genesis 1:27: “So, God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female He created them.” – God is life so that means that He gave us life for a specific reason.
Psalm 139:13 – 16: “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” – Why would God create us without a purpose? He planned every detail, even before we were born.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – God has plans for us.
John 15:16: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last…” – You have been called for something specific.
Colossians 1:16: “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.” – We were created to fit into God’s Master Plan.
Reading the Bible, it is evident that the people spoken of, had assignments in their life’s journey. It was surely not easy and they faced many difficulties. There was Noah, who had to build an ark, with everyone laughing at him, not to mention having to take responsibility for all the animals in his care during the flood. Moses had to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to God’s promise land. Joseph was rejected by his family and put in prison, to be placed second in command in Egypt so that he could be in a critical position to help God’s people in the years to follow. David had to face Goliath and many battles after that, as the King of Israel.
In all these cases, God called the people, they heard His Voice and understood their role. It was not easy and for many it involved great difficulties over time. However, they stood their ground and saw it through. Looking a little closer at the life of Jonah (Jonah 1 – 4), he had a message from God to deliver to the people in Nineveh. He was disobedient, and had to face the consequences of his decisions. He ended up trying to hide from God, finding himself in a great storm and then in the belly of a huge fish. Jonah soon realised that he had to see the assignment through and he delivered the message. The people listened and turned back to God. Jonah, after seeing God’s mercy for the people, was unhappy with God, but God made Himself clear that Jonah had no right to question Him.
What about you? Do you know what your assignment is from God and are you obedient in executing it or do you, just like Jonah, go around in circles, running away from it? Now there may be many different responses to these questions, but for me it is about knowing God, knowing who you are in God and knowing your role in God’s Master Plan.
I know my journey is with God for He is my King. Since I have accepted that, I accepted that I fit into His Master Plan and therefore I see all things in my life as assignments for God. Sometimes I know what God wants from me and other times, I must accept the assignment, with no clear guidelines, trusting God to reveal it to me as it unfolds. That, is where faith steps in (Hebrews 11:1). It is impossible to do this successfully, without God. John 15:5 says that apart from Him, we can do nothing. Some say they don’t agree and it is there right to have their opinion.
For them, they get up, study, work hard and earn money. For them, it is the way of life. For me, I speak to Jesus basically all day in everything I do. I consult the Holy Spirit on decisions, meetings, hospital visits etc. Let me give you an example. My dad was in hospital and we would visit him twice a day. When we walk in there, we are not selfish and only pray for him. We would stand together as a family and pray for the other patients, their families and the hospital staff. For me, that is not life’s way, it is listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit who wants from us to spread the love of Jesus.
With all the above said, it is true that many don’t see life as having assignments or if they do, they are not sure what they should be doing. Others have accepted their assignment but find it difficult to see it through till the end. If you want to understand life and your role in it, it starts with acknowledging that God is real and that Jesus is alive. Once you have accepted Jesus as your Personal Saviour, you will see how the Holy Spirit brings the Bible to life, right in front of you. The Bible for me, is God’s heart and plan for our lives. It communicates with us the past, the present and the future, giving us guidelines and instructions, whilst also building us up and motivating us.
As you read, hear with your heart and receive the Word of God. Then, you will know what God is asking of you. Remember, even when He does not give the detail, you must learn to trust Him. Dear reader, God has never, ever, disappointed me in any assignment. When it seems impossible to see an assignment through, stand back, reflect on what is happening, humble yourself before the Lord, hand it over to Him and wait for His instruction on what the next step will be. Zechariah 4:6 says: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” This is also where we often make mistakes by not waiting on the Holy Spirit. We then make our own decisions, ending up taking a detour before completing our assignment. We must remember, the assignments are already planned by God, so we can either get it done quicker with His guidance, or take the detour, which often is long, more difficult and exhausting.
For me, to know that my assignments are from God and for God, is what keeps me going daily. I never feel lost and I am never bored, because I have a purpose. Are you running a race, yet it feels like you don’t know why or where you are going? Allow Jesus to give you direction. What have you got to lose? If you need Christ in your life, to direct you on your purpose, I suggest you start by giving your heart to Jesus. If you would like to do that, you can follow this link: http://jesustomyrescue.com/index.php/accept-jesus/. If you are already in Christ, spend more time in God’s presence, through fasting, praying and reading the Word of God. God will answer you, when you seek Him, with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:12 – 14, Jeremiah 33:3).
Love in Christ, Princess K