• Jack Selcher

On Assignment

I was a conscientious student, bordering on obsessive-compulsive. That’s because my academic achievements propped up my self-image. I attended 20.5 years of school. I did every assignment on time. On the other hand, I haven’t always said what God wanted me to say or done what He wanted me to do.

Our purpose is to complete our divine assignments with all our heart to please the Lord and not people (Colossians 3:23). Before you consider your divine assignments, I invite you to think about the incredibly varied assignments of some biblical characters.

God told Adam and Eve and also Noah and his sons, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28, 9:1, NIV). He told Abram to leave his family and country and go to another land (Genesis 12:1). He told Isaac not to go to Egypt but to live where He directs (Genesis 26:2). God told Esau to say nothing either good or bad to Jacob (Genesis 31:2). He told Jacob to live in Bethel and build an altar to Him there (Genesis 35:1). Joseph’s assignments included interpreting dreams, storing food in preparation for a famine, being lord of all Egypt, and settling his father and brothers in Egypt on its best land (Genesis 40, 41, 45, 47).

Moses’ assignment was to bring the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:10). The prophets and John the Baptist were to challenge God’s children to turn from their wicked ways. Jesus’ food was to finish the work the Father gave Him (John 4:34). Paul was to preach the gospel among the Gentiles (Galatians 1:15-16). Jesus’ followers have divine assignments.

Do you know yours? It’s doing the good works God prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Discerning them grows out of your relationship with the Master. God still speaks, but not usually in an audible voice. Knowledge of God’s word and your spiritual gift(s) and the direction of the Holy Spirit reveal how to respond to your opportunities to do good. What you want to do for God is a good indicator. For example, ministering to the homeless is a good work, but it isn’t my spiritual passion. Writing to edify believers is. Knowing God’s word and yourself and being yielded to the Holy Spirit help you discern your divine assignments.

Teachers direct. Students respond. Teachers reward students who do their work on time and well. Students don’t invent assignments and submit them to their teachers. Similarly, God will judge and reward you based on how you responded to His assignments. You can’t be too conscientious about that! Every other “good work” will be weightless on the Divine scale. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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