I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. (John 17:4 ESV)
Purpose is your starting point
Purpose is important because it is the springboard of a fulfilled life. The purpose of a thing is only found in the mind of the creator. Therefore it is incumbent upon the individual to understand the mind of his creator – and the mind of the Creator can be found in His written Word.
You have to know where you are before you know where you’re going. One of the perils of navigation is attempting to move without an understanding of your current location. Even if you’re lost, you need to ascertain your position before attempting to move further. In nautical navigation, you are taught to observe certain natural phenomena to discern your location – horizon, position of the sun, stars, landmarks and so forth. In the Kingdom, you need to know your position in Christ.
Assignment is your roadmap
Any experienced traveler knows how to use a map. However, having the right map is essential to a successful expedition. A map of France is useless if you’re taking a trip across the United States. Using the wrong map is a guarantee your trip will take longer than expected.
One of the greatest ongoing human tragedies is when folks do not understand their purpose. When this happens, it is impossible to obtain the correct assignment. In a best-case scenario, when you operate in an assignment that does not belong to you, you operate in frustration. In a worst-case scenario, your operating in your wrong assignment causes someone else to miss their assignment!
In sports, such as football, a missed assignment can mean the difference between victory and defeat. In the military, a missed assignment could result in the loss of life.
Jesus clearly understood, accepted, and executed His assignment.
The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)
Jesus was able to operate fully in His assignment because He was clear in His purpose. And He was clear in His purpose because He was in intimate fellowship with the Father. Understand, spiritually, He was and is God, but His earthly vessel had to get in line with His purpose in order to carry out his assignment.
The Overarching Assignment
Each of us have an assignment as well. Actually, its an assignment within an assignment. The outer, or overarching, assignment is given as follows:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Now, within that assignment, we have individual assignments. For some, it is to be doctors; for others, it is to be teachers. Every assignment is as different as the individual to whom it is assigned. But we must understand that we glorify God not in our prayers, in our praise, or in our deeds. We glorify God when we operate in our given assignment and stick to it until completion.
Now to tie all this together: we are created to have fellowship with God. That is the overarching purpose of all mankind. We are to work together to bring all mankind into the family of believers through the person of Jesus Christ – that is the overarching assignment of all believers.
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)