Special Assignments for Everyone – Part 1
“[Joshua said,] ‘Go through the camp and tell the people, “Get your provisions ready…”’” (Joshua 1:10-11 NIV)
God has a work assignment for every Christian, not just those of us who are ordained to pastoral or preaching ministry. The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian congregation, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received… To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (4:1,7). Later he adds, “From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (v. 16).
Receiving Christ into our lives is not the end of something, but the beginning. The next step is to receive and carry out our special assignment. Unfortunately, in too many places Christianity has been reduced to mere mental assent to a list of doctrines. Others have had a genuine salvation experience, but their daily Christian life is now little more than attending a service once a week. Jesus has far more in mind for us than this.
When Joshua organized the invasion of Canaan, he didn’t just speak to the priests—the religious leaders. He didn’t just call a meeting of all the men ages 18 to 35. He included the entire community, “the people” (Joshua 1:10). No one was exempted.
Not even the fighting men of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh got off the hook. These tribes had already received their homesteads east of the Jordan following a previous victory. They could well have begged off from having to join any additional campaign. But in Joshua 1:12-15, the commander said to them, in essence, “You too! Come on with the rest of us. You have a part to play here. Once we take possession of this territory west of the river, then you can go back home. Not before.”
To be continued…
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from You Were Made for More)
Read Joshua 1:10-15.