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