Assignment

Sometimes just hearing a familiar idea phrased differently makes you look at it in a totally new way.

I came across this quote by Beth Moore the other day in a Bible study I was working on: “We have been assigned to this world during vital days on the kingdom calendar.” I’ve heard about “being called”, and knowing that God has a purpose for my life, etc. But somehow thinking of my life here on earth being an assignment made me stop and think.

Did God look at the calendar of time and decide to specifically bring me into the world at this particular moment? Did He do that because there was a special role that only I could play? Only I would come into contact with certain people in certain ways. Only I would have this specific mix of legacy and gifts and experiences and challenges and relationships which could show God’s glory in a unique way if I did indeed accept the assignment.

That’s not being arrogant. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of scary. If that is true, then I really do have the responsibility to complete the things I have been asked to do. And if it’s true for me, then it’s true for you as well.

I believe God is intricately involved in all of our lives. I believe it’s not chance that we have been placed into the world now, at this time. Our names were written onto the kingdom calendar before time began. We could have been born to wander in the wilderness with the Israelites. We could have been born to be part of the early church. I could have been born 500, 200 or even 100 years ago.

But I wasn’t. God placed me in this world, in this time, for a purpose. For an assignment. An assignment that may not be all that well defined on my end of things, but one that God has all the details of. He’ll reveal as much as I need to know in His timing. And I must be faithful .

I’ll try to look at this day differently. It’s not just a Monday. It’s another day to work on my assignment, another day to glorify God through whatever He calls me to do, whoever He brings me into contact with and whoever or whatever He places on my heart to intercede for.

It’s not just another day. It’s a day on the kingdom calendar.

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. Psalm 20:4
Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
…that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Big

What if something you did today turned out to be the start of God doing something amazing with your life? What if an act of obedience or risk you take today is something that will impact others for years, maybe even decades?

This past Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the very first radio program my Dad ever produced. While God took my Dad home to be with Him two years ago, that program, “The Word and The World” is still on the air and is still impacting people for the Lord.

I wondered if Dad had any idea how far it would go, and how many people it would reach when he recorded the program that day. Probably not. But it was something God laid on his heart and equipped him to do, so he did it. And God blessed it in powerful and significant ways.

We can’t see down the road. We can’t see what God has planned. But maybe some small opportunity for obedience and faithfulness will be what God is waiting for. Sometimes we don’t know we’re at a turning point until we look back, and see that a seemingly small moment in time was much bigger than we ever imagined.

And so I pray that I am tuned in to the small moments. I pray that I obey the nudges from God to do certain things, speak to certain people or go to certain places. They might not turn into 50 year ministries, but they could still be the start of something big for God.

David picked up 5 stones. Esther went to speak to the king. A little boy gave up his lunch of two loaves and five fishes. My Dad sat in front of a microphone and recorded a new radio program one day.

What is God asking you to do today? It might be a small thing…that turns into a much bigger one.

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 28:2

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You. Psalm 143:8

Book

I just finished reading an amazing book.

Oh, I’ve read lots of parts of it over the years, even memorized sections of it, but this time I read the whole thing. Cover to cover. Verse by verse. Chapter by chapter. Books within the book.

It took three months*, but I don’t think I’ll ever look at my life the same again.

There were stories of battles and blessings, victories and defeats, good people and evil ones. There were instructions and promises, words of encouragement and admonition, tales of testings and trials, calls for obedience and faith.

But mostly, it was about hope.

Hope in a God who created all things, and hope in a Savior who redeems all things. And that hope becomes amazingly evident when seen through the eyes of history, when one realizes God has been at work from the beginning, and He is still at work in our lives today.

He’s at work in my life today.

And so, I am grateful that I read the Book all the way through. It has made me see the big picture, it has drawn me closer to the One who wrote it, it has changed my perspective and increased my faith.

It was a good book. A perfect book. It’s really the only Book I’ll ever need.

I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word. Psalm 119:16

Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom… Colossians 3:16

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

*I used the “Bible in 90 Days” reading plan. I highly recommend it! You can use whatever version you are comfortable with. Let me know if you do it! I’ll be praying for you. Here’s a link to a bookmark with the reading plan: http://www.haventoday.org/bookmark.pdf