“Your On An Assignment”

“Down By Cherith”
August 6, 2019
“Overcoming Mental Challenges”
August 6, 2019

“Your On An Assignment”

An assignment according to Webster simply put, is a task or a piece of work that is allocated to someone, as part of a job that must be done. In other words, it’s an important task that needs attention. So the task at hand must be taken care of by the person assigned to it. The person that has been assigned to it, must realize that they have been giving an assignment and they must treat it as important. Place in your mind as you ponder on these words that it is God who gives an assignment. If God gives the assignment, He qualifies you to carry it out. Because it is a God-given assignment, it will always be bigger and greater than you. So your skillset and abilities don’t qualify or equip you to carry it out.

POINT#1: Never think that you are qualified enough to carry out your assignment. IT IS GOD THAT GIVES AND IT IS GOD THAT QUALIFIES!

The assignment comes with an anointing (which is the ability of God) to carry out the assignment. The anointing carries with it the tools and the skill set needed to carry out the assignment. You can never carry out your God-given assignment in your strength and ability. Zechariah 4:6. (Scripture reference). Your gifting and abilities are only complimentary tools that you have that are useful in the carrying out of your assignment. But is the anointing that gives you the ability to carry out a God-given assignment.

Special Point: Both Saul and David had an assignment. Both of them were anointed for their assignment. Both of them were skillful in their area of expertise so none was without excuse! But there was a difference between the two and I’ll show you the difference.

My question as I pondered on this point was, “What had led to the appointment of David?” If it wasn’t for the failure of Saul, was there going to be an assignment for David? As mentioned, both of them had been given an assignment. The assignment for both of them carried with it a weight of responsibility.

God would’ve established Saul’s kingdom according to scripture if he had fully obeyed the commandment of the Lord. Saul had an assignment to destroy Amalek and to utterly destroy all that they had.

Scripture showed us that Saul failed in his assignment because he wasn’t carrying out the commandment of the Lord, because, in his eyes, he was doing Samuel a favor. (There is the difference!)

Saul said in 1 Samuel 15:21, “But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.” (Now keep in mind that He was responding to Samuel when he was condemned for not carrying out the Lord’s assignment).

Special Point: My concern with this statement is, how did it get the Lord thy God when responding to Samuel and not the Lord our God?

This lets me know that Saul had the qualifications to be a King and to be successful in his endeavors (because the truth of the matter is, he fought in the battle and won without hesitation).

Point#2: Your relationship with God solidifies you to successfully carry out your assignment

What Saul lacked was a relationship with the King of Kings to be the God-ordained King. Saul’s statement to Samuel was a statement of self-gratification to himself and mankind. In other words, Saul felt like instead of Samuel complaining and telling him what he didn’t do, Samuel should have been thanking him for what he did do by allowing the sheep and oxen to be saved so they could’ve offered it unto the Lord.

Special Point: This sounds just like some church people, “Pastor should at least be grateful that we sang in the choir, that we served on the usher board, that we gave our tithes and offerings. He should at least be happy that we came to church.” Some church people have assignments, they have positions that were given by man and they feel like they have to please a man and please people. They don’t have a relationship with God.

What solidified David was what he was doing in the background. He was dedicated to his small assignments. His assignment in his eyes was to his sheep. He would’ve died saving his sheep (Explain David’s story as he saved the sheep from the lion and the bear). He saw his little assignments as an important task that must be taken care of.

Point#3: People who are on an assignment understand their role and the task at hand and carry it out without complaining.

Special Point: What I also like about David is not only how he cared for his sheep, but how he didn’t complain when he wasn’t invited to the special anointed service. He didn’t even complain when his name wasn’t called for special recognition. He just served and carried out his assignment. His assignment was to take care of the sheep and he did it with excellence. It didn’t matter anything to David if he wasn’t recognized. His relationship to God and his faithfulness to his sheep was all that mattered to him. He was comfortable with himself and with his little assignments.

But watch the good part: Because of his faithfulness, God gave him an even greater assignment which was to rule Israel.

Special Point: Saul was in the position, but didn’t carry out his assignment. He was anointed by Samuel for the position but wasn’t successful in it. David, on the other hand, wasn’t in the position but carried out his assignment. That’s why God promoted him from the back and placed him in the front. He was not in the position but carried out his assignment. Matthew 25:23 tells us that “if you be faithful over a few things, God will make you ruler over many things.”

Special Point: God is not concerned with what position you have! Your position doesn’t mean that you are qualified for the assignment. God is concerned with whether or not you’re going to carry out the assignment and carry it out without complaining. Your faithfulness to God matters!

Special Point: One thing I have realized is that you cannot make people love what they do. If they were forced in it, they will have been forced to stay in it. Carrying out an assignment comes from the heart.

Special Point: In this season that we are in, our ministry to God has nothing to do with a position but it has all to do with carrying out an assignment. The assignment that God has given unto us has nothing to do with us but for the overall purpose of benefiting humankind. It has nothing to do with us, as relating to or personal agendas but will INVOLVE US and will BENEFIT US.

Conclusion:

Point#1: Never think that you are qualified enough to carry out your assignment. IT IS GOD THAT GIVES AND IT IS GOD THAT QUALIFIES!

Point#2: Your relationship with God solidifies you to successfully carry out your assignment

Point#3: People who are on an assignment understand their role and the task at hand and carry it out without complaining.

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