Special Assignments for Everyone – Part 2
“Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” (1 Corinthians 12:29-30 NIV)
God’s mission to spread his gospel around the world and raise up mature disciples is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise. Each one of us has an assignment to fulfill. None of us can just assume that “they” (whoever “they” are) will take care of the need. Everyone has a part to play. We may not think our contribution is all that valuable. But that is wrong. God makes the assignment, not us. And he knows how vital each part is. “God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Corinthians 12:18).
Many years ago, a modest man of God in England (he never wrote under his full name, but only with his initials, E.D.) made this observation: “We are slow to learn that the importance of any service depends upon God’s estimate of it… that the meanest [lowest-ranking] service… is worthy of all our devotedness and zeal if the mind and heart of God are upon it, and if He has put it into our hand” (Cited in Footprints for Pilgrims, 1915; reprint, Sunbury, PA: Believers Bookshelf, 1970).
You have a far more strategic role to play than just filling a church pew and helping to meet the annual budget. God has an assignment designed precisely for you—and this is part of the abundant life you so earnestly crave. As you give yourself to God’s special assignment, you will pray more and with a deeper sense of passion. You will hunger for a greater understanding of the Bible and how it applies to your life. You will regularly sense the help of the Holy Spirit, since God always works with those who give themselves to work for him.
If, by contrast, we sadly reduce our relationship with God to a preoccupation with “bless me, bless me,” we will only be frustrated. The more we reach for happiness in life, the more it eludes us. The more we try to fill our emptiness with cars, clothes, and cruises, the deeper the vacuum, since none of those things meets the spiritual craving within. God made us to find true joy through knowing and serving him. We were redeemed from our old self-centeredness to channel God’s love and grace to others while bringing glory to the person of Jesus Christ. That is what our assignment is all about.
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from You Were Made for More)
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.