Understanding your assignment (Happy New Year)

fireworks-102971_6401Chronicles 26:29: Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were appointed to external duties for Israel, as officers and judges.

Everyone has an assignment, role to play as a member of the body of Christ. Paul described believers as having varying gifts levels of grace to be able to operate those gifts for the benefit of the whole body of Christ (Romans 12:3-6).

Each one should to take his assignment (prescribed application of gifts) serious. Paul told Timothy to take his assignment serious, saying that is the way to real progress (1Timothy 4:14-15).

The right motivations for doing our assignment are twofold: the privilege to been of help to others and of receiving commendation from God.

Paul described some people’s motivation as monetary (Philippians 3:18-19). In another place he said some people are motivated by envy (Philippians 1:15-17), while others seek to draw a following after themselves.

Peter divided the numerous kinds of gifting into two: the speaking gifts and the doing gifts (1Peter 4:10-11). He said that since we are have received gifts we should use them; those who speak should speak as the oracle of God and those who serve with the ability God gives.

Paul reminds us that it is God who works in us both to will and to choose of his own good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). In another place he said that for the assignment that he has been given, God gave him an abundant supply of grace, His heavenly resource, and the divine input.

He told the Roman Christians that he writes to them because of the grace he has (Romans 15:15). He said that God who caused light to shine out of darkness has caused the light of knowledge of Jesus to shine in his heart (2Corinthians 3:1-6, 4:5-7), making him an able minister of the New Testament, not of the letter but of Spirit because the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. The assignment is to minister life through whatever means (gifts) assigned to us.

Jesus said that the devil has come to steal, to kill and to destroy but Christ has come to give life and more abundantly too (John 10:10). The assignment is all about having the flow of the life of Christ through us, so that we may bear fruits that will abide.

Jesus was careful to impress it on the disciple that they need to continue to abide in him, because without him they can do nothing (John 15:1-8). They are in him to fulfill a role just as the branches are on a tree to bear fruits. He said all the branches in him that bear fruits are pruned by the father so that they may bear more fruit and all that don’t hear fruit will be removed, so that they don’t continue to just occupy space.

The issue of fruitfulness is always in the context of our assignment. In a parable of Jesus he said that there was a tree which has not brought forth fruit and the owner of the farm in which it was located wanted to cut it down, but the gardener asked for probation period for the tree, so he can help it to bear fruit (Luke 13:6-9).

In another place the bible says that the land which receives rain from heaven, but does not yield the appropriate fruit is near being cursed (Hebrews 6:7-8).

No real progress can be made without being laid on the foundation of understanding. Solomon wrote that a house is established by understanding (Proverbs 3:19, 24:3). If you don’t understand your assignment, then you will be a wanderer on the earth.

During the walk of the disciples with Jesus, when he was on the earth, he complained of their lack of understanding (Mark 7:18). He said that there are things he wanted them to know but they could not bear it, so he would be sending the Holy Spirit to help their understanding (John 16:12-14). He is called him Spirit of truth who will bring them into all truth, showing them things to come. He will help them to understanding the truth about Jesus.

When he was about to ascend to heaven, Jesus told his people that the father will be sending the Holy Spirit to them, who will be with them forever (John 14:16). When he said that, their understanding (or lack of it) of the divine plan was revealed because they asked Jesus concerning when he was going to restore the kingdom back to Israel (Acts 1:1-8).

They were thinking of natural conquest of Jesus as king, while the divine plan that the Holy Spirit will be executing through them was about Christ becoming the king of many hearts. They understood things naturally while he wanted them to understand them spirituality, and that is what the Holy Spirit will help us to do, will do in us.

That was what he did in Peter when he latter stood up not to wield a natural sword as he did in the garden of Gethsemane (John 18:10) when he cut the ear of a man off while trying to defend Jesus. In the book of Acts chapter 2, Peter, in the defence of the name of Jesus, wielded the sword of the spirit which is the word of God, to establish the kingdom of God in the hearts 3000 people. Later on, he wrote that our resistance is not physical but spiritual saying we should resist the devil (1Peter 5:8-9).

Paul wrote of the need for us to understand what God’s will is, or else no matter what else we know we would still be foolish (Ephesians 5:17).

The writer of the book of Hebrews says that by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the world of God (Hebrews 11:3). Understanding by faith is the key to gaining spiritual understanding, to understand what the will of God is.

We don’t understand by merely racking our brain, we understand by faith, we understand by seeing with the eyes of our hearts (Ephesians 1:15-20). Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus that the eyes of their understanding should be enlightened, that they may know things they wouldn’t be able to know naturally, because we all need spiritual understanding to fulfil our spiritual assignments.

When we see with the eyes of our heart, we would be able to live in our lives. It is with the eyes of our heart that we would be able to walk with God who is Spirit (John 4:24). With the eyes of our heart we can see the reality beyond the veil (limitation) of the human flesh and perception, acting based on our spiritual capabilities.

Paul wrote that the Jews when they read the plan of God in the bible read it with a veil on their hearts (2Corinthians 3:11-18), but when we turn to the Lord, that veil is removed, then we can understand the plan of God and what our assignment in it is and receive the ability to fulfil them.

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For those of you who made 2013 great for this blog, visiting, reading, liking, commenting, sharing and buying the books, thanks. Looking forward to more engagement in this year as we explore the scriptures together, so that we can become all we can be in Christ Jesus.

I pray that in this year you will experience new things, new joys, new opportunities, new levels of impact as God uses you for his glory. Thanks.

 

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