"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
Learn, Study, and Do Your Assignment
In today’s Christian circles, it seems most followers are more concerned with being seen rather than fulfilling the calling or duty of God on their life. Assignments are often given to us to fulfill a role in the Kingdom that we have been gifted specifically for. In the case of David and Solomon, God had a plan for the leader of His people to pass down an important task from father to son. How David reacted and took action following the commands of God, gives us a great lesson to be learned from God’s Word.
1 Chronicles 22:6-16 (KJV)
6 “Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the Lord God of Israel.
7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God:
8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.
11 Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee.
12 Only the Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the Lord thy God.
13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lordan hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.
15 Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.
16 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be with thee.”
Although King David was told by God that he was not permitted to build the Temple, thus not receiving the glory and fame associated with it, David reacted with obedience and humbleness before God. Instead of allowing himself to burn with anger against God, He understood his role and began to figure out other ways that he could be of assistance to the advancement of God’s Kingdom. He thought of other ways that he could help prepare for who would actually build the Temple. God knew David’s heart and because he was obedient, God chose his son Solomon to be the one to not only build His Temple, but also continue the leadership of His people.
David began to prepare by gathering the necessary materials and labor together. He helped Solomon organize how the structure would be erected and made plans for the way the labor would work together. Every logistical detail was worked out in advance. David understood his role in preparing the Kingdom of God. David’s role was one of preparation and leaving a legacy, not the glory of building a house for God. Because David was humble enough to pass on this task and also help aid in the preparation for it, he was blessed by God.
1 Corinthians 12:12 (KJV)
12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”
Even though as a body we are one in Christ, each of us have a role in the body. Much like a cell within a larger organ, you may have a small role within a much larger part of God’s Kingdom. Whatever your role, it is essential to the Kingdom of God. Each of us have an assignment given to us and commissioned by God. We are to learn our assignment by our calling, will and purpose. We are to study our assignment given to us. Finally, we are to do the assignment given to us because that is the obedient thing to do.
Some of us may have played sports. I played many, but I specifically loved basketball and football. Both were fun and included many complex skills and positions. All sports have positions to be filled and you are assigned a specific position according to your gifts and abilities. We have to learn to stay in our spot. I played defensive tackle on defense in football and forward in basketball. I was limited in my ability to be a running back due to being slightly to slow and big to play that position. I loved weights and being strong often slowed down a player, thus preventing me from playing certain positions. However, because I was not easy to block by being strong, quick, and low to the ground, this gave me the ability to be a good defensive tackle.
James 4:17 (KJV)
17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Sin that violates the will of God by our inaction and ignoring His will is called a sin of omission. A sin that violates the law of God by our wrongdoings or words is called a sin of commission. Not following our assignment and ignoring the will of God is a sin of omission, but both types of sin makes us sinners and all sin sends us to Hell unless we are under the blood of Christ by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. Just as we are called to a position , we are also called to know that position/assignment well by studying God’s Word and what it says about our role. Pastors, musicians, teachers, deacons, elders and so forth all have very specific roles in our respective callings.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
In sports once those positions are filled, they have to be learned and studied. There are camps, practices, film time, etc. before there are any games. To properly man a position on the field, you have to know what the abilities are of the guy in front of you on the other team. You have to know his tricks, style of play, and adapt to his abilities. The better you knew your opponent, the more likely your team was prepared to play. Finally, we have to play our position to ensure a victory for the team. When upsets happen, it was mainly because someone did not cover their assignment. In football, defensive linemen have gaps. Those gaps were the sections between the other linemen on the offensive side where the ball would often come through. Our job was to simply not be blocked and get into our gap. If we were blocked or missed our gap, a running back would often come running where he found a hole and make positive gains towards a score. Once a defensive man was beat to a gap and the running back or receiver had the ball past the line of scrimmage, we were to pursue the ball carrier in what coaches call lanes. Having a lane allows a player to predict where a ball carrier will be with the ball by the time he catches up to him using an estimation of his speed versus yours and current location. Getting outside of a lane often meant that player would avoid the tackle and get more positive yards or make a touchdown. This made it very important to always know your gap, your lane, and every responsibility for your assigned position. Just as every player is given his or her assigned position in sports, it is vital that we assume, prepare, and perform at the highest level in God’s assignment for us.
After being assigned and learning the ins and outs of our assignments, we have to perform our role in the assignment and do our jobs with confidence. We should have faith that God will make up for whatever we lack in ability. Just as sometimes team mates have to assist one another and help out where needed on the team, we have to be willing to do the same. Sometimes, the team just needs someone to fill a hole in the lineup. There will be times when you have to cover another believers assignment and yours. Many times in football games a team mate on the other side of the line would get blocked. One of us would have to fill his gap and sometimes make the tackle so that our team would remain in position to win. This team work is also needed in the body of Christ. Sometimes we have to pull together as sisters and brothers to get the job done. God may assign you to a temporary task or assignment that has to be filled by someone. You may not be the first pick for the job, you may even be the last, but you have been called to fill it. I am not the best youth minister that I know, in fact I have a tendency to teach way over the level of a high school student. However, there have been times that I have had to act as a youth minister to fill a hole that was needed. God may also provide you with opportunities and assignments that are not part of your main gift that acts mostly as a test with the small assignments before He assigns us those larger ones.
Colossians 3:23-24 (KJV)
23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Whatever our role or assignment, we must do it not for the glory or for credit from man, but rather to glorify God. He should receive all the credit and honor for the gifts He has bestowed upon us to achieve the works for His Kingdom. Our reward is not some trophy, riches, or glory here on Earth. Those things are only temporary, but the gift that God gives is eternal life and eternal blessings with Him in Heaven. This world is surely not our “home” and therefore I refuse to invest all my eggs in its one time-limited basket.
My question to you today is, do you know your assignment, role, or position? Do you know your job, your gap, or your lane? Have you asked God for it and sought His will in your life with obedience?
You may ask, what is my assignment, how do I identify it, and what are the spiritual gifts associated with it? Join us again next week as we explore the spiritual gifts and offices of the church as given by the Scripture. However, there is no need to dig into these if you are unwilling to identify your assignment, learn it, and do it. We must understand the importance of our obedience to God first before we can identify the gifts and abilities.
Until next time, trust in God, lean on Him, and be blessed!