I was recently talking with my husband in the wee hours of the morning and a thought occurred to me. A lot of us have achieved some level of academic, professional, and personal success. We applaud ourselves at having achieved that advanced degree and wholeheartedly put those letters behind our names whenever we have the opportunity to do so. Like our counterparts, we bask in having achieved such greatness.
However, as Christians, we need to understand that any level of greatness we have achieved is not about us. As a set-apart, peculiar people on this earth we need to understand we are ALWAYS on assignment. The Christian that sweeps the streets is there on assignment. The Christian hair stylist that does hair is on assignment. The Christian that has achieved greatness in corporate America or in academia is there on assignment. My former Pastor once preached a sermon where he talked about not only ministering to the “down and outs”, but also the “up and outs.”
You see, God allows us to get the necessary tools (degrees, certifications, etc) we need to meet the needs of the people that He has assigned to us. For some of us, that may mean working in maintenance or agriculture or manufacturing. For others, that may mean having access to the top board rooms of major companies. For others, it may mean having access to students in a classroom.
At any rate, understand this, as Christians, we are ALL on assignment. No assignment is greater or less than the other. God had placed us in this earth to make a difference in people’s lives. We are to affect change in the down and outs, as well as the up and outs!
Deuteronomy 8:18 puts it best – “Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant He confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”
I Peter 2:9 – But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Be encouraged today and take your “assignment” seriously!