Monday, March 26, 2007

Day 29 – Accepting my assignment

Accepting my assignment

What is my assignment here? And why has God placed me here on earth. This series has been particularly useful in helping me answer this question.

From my bible, I am told that:

I have been put on earth to make a contribution. I was created to serve God [Eph. 2 vs. 10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do] with a service of good deeds. So whenever I serve others I am serving God [Col. 3 vs. 23-34; Matt. 25 vs. 34-45] and this is my special assignment – Jer. 1 vs. 5 - Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations

I was saved to serve God. God redeemed me to do His work which is holy, to be of great significance and value to His Kingdom – 2 Tim. 1 vs. 9 - who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time; so since I have been purchased at a cost by Jesus having to loose His life for me, with deep gratitude for what He has done, I will follow Him [1 Corinth. 6 vs. 20; Rom. 12 vs. 1 - therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship; 1 John 3 vs. 14] and desire to serve others, since I have been blessed to bless others.

I was called to serve God. Each and every one of us has been called for service. This is because our call for salvation included our call for service regardless of our Job or career. My bible tells me that I have been called for full time service [Eph. 4 vs. 4 -14; Rom. 1 vs. 6-7; 8 vs. 28-30; 1 Corinth. 1 vs. 2, 9, 26; 7 vs. 17; Philippians 3 vs. 14; 1 Pet. 2 vs. 9; 2 Pet. 1 vs. 3]. So by using my abilities that God has given me to help others I am fulfilling my calling – Rom. 7 vs. 4So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God; because I am a very important and integral part of the body of Christ – [1 Corinth. 12 vs.27 - Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it]; as my service matters, and if I refuse to do my part, the body suffers. Can the kidney decide to go on holiday without affecting the rest of the body, so is the significance of my part to the body of Christ.

I am commanded to serve God. For me service is not optional, or something to spare time for, since the heart of my life is in Christ. So since Jesus came to serve and give to others, not just to sit and take, why should I have to warm benches or pews in church [Matt. 20 vs. 28]. So as I mature in Christ, the focus of my life should increasingly shift to living a life of service.

Lessons to bear in mind

Since God when I see Him will evaluate the time I spent on myself compared to the time I spent on others, isn’t it time I start taking my life in service very seriously – Rom. 14 vs. 12- So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. I have also been told that only when I help others I’m I alive [Mark 8vs. 35; Matt. 10 vs. 39; 16 vs. 25; Luke 9 vs. 24; 17 vs. 23] which is the truth and was repeated five times in the Gospels.

So to summarise, if service is the pathway of real significance, then it is through service that I will discover the meaning of my life [Rom. 12 vs. 5 - so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others]. Because as I serve with others in God’s family, my life takes on an eternal importance [1 Corinth. 12 vs. 14 – 19 - Now the body is not made up of one part but of many]. As God wants to use me to make a difference in the world, to know that the duration of my life is not what matters but the donation of it. To have and use no more excuse for not being able to work in His Kingdom.

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