1 Corinthians 7:17,24
17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches… 24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
The Apostle Paul emphasizes the uniqueness that each individual has in their calling and assignment. It’s through the prompting of the Holy Spirit that leads us through relationship to embark on not only our journey of discovering who He is, but also walking in obedience of who He wants us to become and minister to. There is a release that takes place when we allow the Lord to take the lead rather than on our own efforts attempt to strive, perform, or control our own destinies. God is perfect in His timing, and has assigned us to particular places, people, and situations for a very divine purpose. Paul implies that regardless of where the Lord has us, what matters most is knowing (not striving) in our assignment, and being fully present in His presence which grants us the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, self-control) to where rather than being deficient in spirit and compensating, we walk into our divine destinies overflowing with God’s love.
Last week I had a dream of being at my pastor’s house for an India meeting. He went around to everyone and questioned them, “Do you know your assignment?” He slowly walks around and then comes to me with a stern look on his face while uttering, “Know your assignment!”. I woke up with these words striking a huge chord in my heart and spirit. I shared this dream with him which we discovered was very divine timing. The Lord spoke to me through this dream and my pastor about what it means to know my assignment.. it doesn’t pertain to a particular title / position or even through what we are capable to doing (which I struggle with quite often feeling that I need to prove myself to God and other). Knowing your assignment comes through having your identity so grounded in God that without striving or being passive, we become and walk as the person that the Lord made us to be. This revelation put me at ease and reminded me of my relationship with God and others is what matters the most. Even for the people that I’m blessed to shepherd to continue walking with them where they are at at allow the Holy Spirit to move in His divine nature. Rather than settling for passivity or even working to perform, be available and still enough to listen to God while available and willing enough to move in His prompting.
Thank you Father God for the favor you have upon my life. Forgive me for times when my spirit has grumbled and gone into warrior mode because of my impatience, resistance, and unwillingness. I give to You my dreams, expectations, and desires in exchange for Your presence and love over my life. Overflow in me so that others may come to know the greatness of who You are!