1 Pet 1:3-5 (ESV)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Do you know your Kingdom assignments here on earth?
Yes, I know what you are thinking of – The Great Commission.
True enough, that is indeed a corporate and default assignment given to all who are called sons and daughters of the Most High.
However, each one of us, who have been uniquely crafted by God, will too have a unique assignment given to us to be fulfilled in our lifetime.
Do we really love God?
If we really do, then we will know what God wants us to do and eventually do it in faith, eagerness and perseverance.
Jesus said that those that God loves, He will reveal Himself to them and I believe, when God reveals who He is, He will also reveal His assignments to us specifically.
“Everyone is given an assignment in the Kingdom of God!”
No matter who you are, what you do or where you are born, God is the one who assigns the task that He wants you to do in His Kingdom.
God is the one who qualifies the assignee and let us not be the ones who disqualify ourselves when it comes to Kingdom assignments.
Who are we to say that we are not capable or not skillful enough?
That’s the job of the assigner.
Our job is to respond in obedience, Amen?
God always wants us to partner with Him in Kingdom business.
He yearns for us to be part of building His Kingdom.
He wants to give us a role.
He wants to catch us doing good, doing right, doing His will and importantly, he wants us to be faithful in doing the assignments that we have been given to do.
In His Kingdom, there is no such thing as spectatorship.
We are not called into His Kingdom to be blessed and be blessed more.
We are called into His Kingdom to be ruled by King Jesus so that we will know our Kingdom assignments to be fulfilled.
God gave Noah a specific assignment – Build an ark for himself and his family in preparation for a catastrophic flood that will wipe out the entire earth.
Noah recognized the assignment and in faith, he followed through and stayed focused till the end.
Noah obeyed completely (Gen 6:22) and his family was saved.
God gave Jonah a specific assignment – Go to Nineveh and prophesized to all that if there is no repentance in forty days, the whole city will be destroyed.
Jonah knew about his assignment, but he chose not to accept it at first and disobeyed God.
But God never forgotten His assignment to Jonah.
In the end, it took 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a giant fish that brought Jonah’s senses back to focusing on his assignment in obedience (Jon 3:3).
God gave Mary a specific assignment – To give birth to a son and to name him, Jesus, who will be great and be called the Son of the Most High.
Mary, being a virgin, doubted and questioned God, but eventually chose to trust and obey Him (Luke 1:38) even as the scenario became uglier with Joseph finding out about her pregnancy.
We see from each of the stories above that our obedience is very much linked to assignments that God gives us.
God measures our love for Him through how much we obey and how much we are willing to remain focused in the assignments that He assigns to us.
He desires nothing less than complete and faithful obedience.
People who genuinely want to know God will not just stop at knowing who God is but will take the extra steps of faith and obedience to journey with Him.
Walking with God is all about experiential knowledge.
It is knowing and then applying what you know.
You cannot know God until you have learnt to put His word into practice and experience who He really is.
Thus, you cannot say you love God until you truly obey God and fulfil the assignments faithfully till the end.
For Jesus, He became obedient to the point of death.
What about you?
Reflection and Prayer
- What are your kingdom assignments? Do you know them?
- How can you be more aligned to God in order to know His assignments for you?
- Have you been procrastinating obedience to the Lord in some areas of your life? Take some time to ponder, repent and recommit.
So many of us believe in only sacrifice. It seems the easy route at times. But obedience is long term. It might be intermitent as so often we fall prey to the flesh. And that’s expected as we are human. But obedience will keep us returning to the cross to carry our share of the weight.
Thanks Julian for sharing. Yes, obedience is really what God is after. But sacrifice is important too, especially when it manifests our obedience to God. Jesus is the best example of that! Amen?