Press Play – You Are Built For Your Assignment

I want to engage but where do I start?

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Since we established last week that we have a part to play in impacting society, the next question is what do I engage? People feel like society has so many problems. We feel overwhelmed by the issues we see. Many people look around and they don’t know where to start.

Acts 9: 10-21

Why did Jesus pick Saul to be his representative to the non-Jews, kings and Jews? God calls Paul to the gentiles because he is from two contexts; he is both Jewish and at the same time a Roman citizen. In other words he was perfectly built to take this message to certain contexts. Many times as Christians we think that our previous life has no bearing on what God calls us to do once we come to the faith. We mostly think that God will use things that are external to ourselves. God has already built us up for his assignments. We need to look within ourselves or around us. What we see in this passage is that our experience and our history gives us important clues as to where God would have us to engage.

You Are Built For Your Assignment

How do we identify the task and assignment that God is calling us to? Or the sphere and sector of society which God is calling us to influence? Your experiences give you the opportunity to be a bridge person perhaps based on workplace context, educational background, Rural vs. Urban Context; ethnic community, nationality and upbringing.

The two take-outs from this message are:

Influence begins as soon as you come to the faith.

Start small and be willing to experiment.

You would expect that God would reveal his full plan to Paul at the point of his calling. You could have a strong sense about some things you need to do but you are waiting for a clearer instruction. However, the Holy Spirit does not reveal every single detail to Paul. In Acts 16:6-10 we find that they make several unsuccessful attempts before they settle on the exact place of engagement.

When opportunities come our way, we are resistant. We sabotage ourselves as Christians because we want God to speak into a megaphone. We wait to have all our ducks lined in a row and at times we have no duck, but that does not mean don’t move. As Christians we want to see the full picture. We don’t have the full picture and that scares us. As we are going through the journey he still reveals his will.

Many of us never have the experience of knowing that the Holy Spirit is not letting us do something because we don’t try anything. We are too busy waiting for him to give us a clear instruction that will rule out all doubt. We don’t understand that many times God will direct us when we are already in motion.

The things God is calling us to can only be understood as part of a process. We can only understand who Christ is by reference to a story that covers many centuries. Keep engaging and as you continue to engage you will get to the thing God has called you to.

The things God is calling us to can only be understood as part of a process. We can only understand who Christ is by reference to a story that covers many centuries. Keep engaging and as you continue to engage you will get to the thing God has called you to.

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One Response to “Press Play – You Are Built For Your Assignment”

  1. This is very profound!!! I like that you use the word assignment instead of purpose. Not that there is anything wrong with the word purpose but for the longest time I felt like I had to sit and wait for God to give me this one big mission but sometimes its many small. things which unfold slowly in process. I like that you say it comes slowly not at a go. I feel super encouraged!!!!!!!

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