Tuesday, March 17, 2009

“Divine Assignments!”

There is something about human nature that makes us all think that everyone we know should like us; we want everyone to see our worth and find value in our words, thoughts, and talents. We soon come to see however that no matter how much we may want this or attempt to get everyone to value us, this is just not how life plays out in our everyday world. Some people for whatever reason just don’t like us, or find us to be a problem; others just don’t care about us much one way or another. However to a select few, we are a gift, a prize, someone who adds value and worth to their life.

I have come to see recently that not everyone sees our value because our purpose and our calling is not to them. Those to whom we are called will see our value, those to whom we are not called, will not. The honeybee buzzing around your yard is an annoyance to your dog, but to the flowers in your garden, he is a gift. Those to whom you are called will be blessed by you, they will enjoy visiting and being with you, they will receive something of value form you, they will be better for having spent time with you, or doing business with you. You will make a positive difference in the lives of those to whom you are assigned.

I use to feel guilty because as a youth leader there were some kids I just didn’t care for much, and other kids that I loved deeply and my heart just yearned to help and somehow make a positive difference in there lives. I was functioning under a belief that I should love and treat all people the same, but that is ridiculous. While Christ does teach me to love everyone, I am certainly not called to love or treat the woman down the street the same as I love and treat my wife. Nor is my wife called to cook breakfast for the neighbors’ husband. I now believe that those, to whom our hearts are drawn, are part of our divine assignment. The special love and bond we have for them was placed there by God himself. They are the ones to whom we are called, the ones that we are appointed to bless.

We all certainly need to work on areas of spiritual immaturity within us, for things like having a negative spirit or being full of pride will certainly effect how people relate to us and how much influence we will have in their lives. However for us to spend too much of our time trying to make someone like us, who doesn’t appreciate our value and gifts can be a major waste of our time and anointing. For even Jesus counseled his disciples before sending them out by saying, “whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.” (Matt.10:14) So when someone doesn’t like you or see your value, don’t worry about it, just shake it off, and refocus your concentration toward those to whom you were sent. When you are walking in your assignment, your giftings will find their greatest effectiveness, and your seed will produce the greatest harvest. “But other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop, a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matt.13:8

God made you for a specific purpose, and he chose you for that purpose before the foundation of the world. (Eph. 1:4 / Jer. 1:5) The things and people you love most, and to which your heart is drawn, are clues to who and what your calling and assignment is. Your passion, your anger, the enemies you are willing to fight, the people you are willing to fight for, are all clues to your assignment. When you find the environment you are meant to be in, your genius will emerge. In the chicken yard the eagle is just another bird, and in fact may lag behind the crowd, but put him in the sky above the mountains and his magnificence and grace will be displayed for all to see. You will find fulfillment and purpose when you are walking in your divine assignment. So don’t waste your gifts buzzing around the dogs ears when there is a meadow full of flowers just over the hill longing to be touched and blessed by you.

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” Jer. 29:11 AMP

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