On Sunday, Aug. 31, Rev. Margaret Minnicks preached at Koinonia Christian Church where the pastors are Rev. Keith and Rev. Michelle Edmonds. Her sermon title was "Everyone Has An Assignment."
The preacher's main text was Genesis 2:15-20 about God giving the first assignments in the Bible. He told Adam to take care of the garden and to name the animals. It was noted that God brought the animals to Adam to name. In other words, God helps us with the assignments He gives us.
The Bible is full of other examples where God gave people assignments. Not all assignments are undertaken willingly. When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to save His people, Jonah went in the opposite direction and ended up in the belly of the great fish.
Some assignments are immediate while other assignment take a long time to carry out. Moses’ assignment took years when he went to Egypt to deliver God’s people out of bondage. In fact, the Israelites were in the wilderness for forty years.
Some assignments are strange and make absolutely no sense to us, but they make perfect sense to God. For example, Hosea was told to marry a prostitute. Ezekiel was told to lie on his right side for half a year, and on his left side the other half. Isaiah was told to eat food cooked over dung.
When people don’t carry out the assignment God has given, they suffer the consequences. Elijah was told to stand on the top of the mountain, but he hid in a cave. Because of his disobedience, God never gave him another assignment. He was told to turn his mantle over to Elisha. If you don't complete your assignment God has given you, He will take if from you and give your assignment to someone else.
Some people just can’t carry out the assignment they are given. Remember, Jesus told the rich young ruler to go, sell all he had and give it to the poor. The rich young man just couldn’t do what Jesus asked, and the Bible says he was sorrowful for he was very rich (Luke 18:22-23).
Jesus knew His assignment. Jesus came to earth with an assignment, and He completed it on the cross as He hung to be a substitute for us. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, God has given you a mission in this world. You’re not here to just take up space. You have been given one of the greatest assignment of all, and that is to serve God and His people. You have an assignment from God Himself.
In conclusion, four things happen when you do not carry out your assignment:
- When you don’t carry out your assignment, you don’t please God.
- When you don’t carry out your assignment, you don’t serve the people who are waiting on you to help them carry out their own assignment because your assignment is connected to someone else's assignments. You keep them from doing their assignment when you don't complete yours.
- When you don't carry out your assignment, you will never be satisfied. You will always feel as if something in your life is missing.
- When you don’t carry out your assignment, you cheat yourself out of the blessings God has for you. At the end of your assignment is a whole warehouse full of things God wants you to have. They are just waiting for you to complete your assignment.
Do you know your assignment? Are you working in your assignment? If so, God is pleased, and you will be fulfilled.