Whatseparates Christians that have Christ as Lord and Savior and others are thehills they are prepared to die on. “Which hills are you prepared todie on? Meaning, which stands are you going to take no matter the cost?”(J. E. White). People’s core values are revealed through what theyare prepared to die. That has some similarity to what is said by AdamGrant quoted by Jim Denison, “What one spends the majority of ourwaking lives doing should be something we find really valuable and rewarding.”That had better be the assignment for which one was created to achieveotherwise it would be most tragic if at the end of life one is not able to hearfrom the Lord Jesus Christ, “Well done,good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will putyou in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'” (Matthew 25:21; 23). What if one spends theirwaking hours accomplishing what the society has conditioned one to assume isthe most valuable and rewarding but at the end of one’s tenure on earth theMaster says, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew7:23). That is what makes the question of understanding the missionthat determines one’s pursuit in life become very important. Being ignorant ofone’s mission makes one settle for excuses and non-acceptance of what couldlead to hearing the Master responding , “You wicked, lazy servant! So youknew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scatteredseed? . . . throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness,where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:26-30). From what Jesus Christ taught, every human being is born to carry out anassignment and it is important to know who has given the assignment and what itis. It is not important how the majority of people think and evaluate others,Jesus mission on earth was to make us know that there is one whose breath givesus life and to whom we are accountable.
MISSIONIS AN ASSIGNMENT
Missionis the assigned task that a person perceives as his/her duty to carry out.One’s purpose is assigned special importance and is allocated time and effort.The concept of assignment begins at creation when God created human beings andgave them an assignment (Genesis 1:26-28). If God created human beings to carryout an assignment, then Jesus Christ coming must have been an emphasis on thatassignment. Jesus was sent to the world to carry out a mission or anassignment and he knew whose assignment it was. “Ihave brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do”(John 17:4).
One’smission in life is the specific assignment that should align with the overallreason for creation of human beings. That means one’s gender, personality,opportunities that include one’s location should be viewed as resources thatenable one to carry out the assignment. “TheGod who made the world . . . gives everyone life and breath and everythingelse.26 From one man he made all the nations, that theyshould inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times inhistory and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:24- 26). Everyhuman being has inbuilt assignment he/she is meant to fulfill. The seasons oflife and passage of time do not alter one’s God given mission.
Theassignment includes loving the Lord exclusively and loving neighbor as oneloves him/herself. Forgiving and honoring are part of the assignment ofthose who have gained awareness of their assignment. The assignment is the hillof life and so to fail to know is to keep climbing wrong hill. In situations ofshort supply of goods or services, the challenge of loving others whilestriving for what is perceived to be in short supply is real. This is common intimes of democratic elections where the believer must be fully conscious of howevery aspect of life relates to one’s mission.
WHY IT ISIMPORTANT TO KNOW THE ASSIGNMENT
Missionis an assignment that a person takes as a reason for being and it is whatdetermines eternal destination. If the hill you are willing to die on is notyour mission, you may be spending your energy on what may not be most important. Tobe a Christian is to accept to take God’s assignment under His terms. IfChristian faith is based on what we read in the bible, then Christians arethose who have responded to what Jesus said, “Peace be withyou! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). Those to whom Christ is Lord and Savior need to understand why theassignment should occupy every moment of their waking hours and even thesleeping hours. I say sleeping hours because Prophet Joel 2:28 talks ofinspired dreams and visions that result from outpouring of the Holy Spirit.Understanding the why of the assignment is motivating.
The BigPicture – Everybeliever should see clearly that God created human beings to worship him. InExodus God speaking to Moses about getting the children of Israel out of Egyptso that they are able to worship God (Exodus 3: 12; 4: 4:23, 31). Thatis what Jesus told the woman of Samaria that God who is a Spirit isseeking worshippers who would worship him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24). Thatthen means any thought that occupies the mind should be related on worth -shipof God. To be preoccupied in fearful thoughts of helplessness or how toundermine others is failing to see the interrelationships of the big picture.Propaganda, self- promotion, security in numbers and human strength are issuesthat can keep one busy but may not be acts of worship. One’s life objectivesshould be aligned to the overall mission.
Motivation - Motivation is a function of what isperceived as the reason for the assignment. Understanding the details of theassignment enables one enjoy the search for the answer. One is able to ignorematerials that are not relevant to responding to the assignment even if it isinteresting. Keep climbing the ladder that is placed on the wall you areclimbing. It is inspiring when one sees the relationship of what they do andthe end result and it stimulates interest. To have believers assume that theirrole is to passively listen to a speaker is demotivating and damaging to thecoming of the kingdom of God. That is one reason people go looking for othermotivators and they end up dying on the hills that have no relationship withthe kingdom of God. Understanding the importance of the assignment isinspiring.
Integrationof past, present and the future- An assignment that enables one to view life as a process thatconnects the experiences of the past to the experiences of today is moremeaningful. Apostle Paul would begin his explanation of the gospel by showingthe connection of the history of the people and the prophecies to the realityof the coming of Christ and how that pointed to the future. Understanding theassignment is what enables one to see that every moment of life and everyactivity has an impact on the overall mission.
Satisfaction in completing the assignment – When the assignment is understood, one is ableto evaluate his/her progress and allocate time and effort appropriately.Completion of the assignment gives a sense of rest and satisfaction. "Now when David had served God's purpose in hisown generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his bodydecayed” (Acts 13:36). There is joyand restfulness when an assignment is completed. A Christian who understandslife as God’s assignment is not satisfied by what one receives only but byreproduction of the kingdom values. Since the assignment has to do withobedience to God and acting on it, the joy of completing the assignment isshared by the believer and God. "Myfood," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and tofinish his work.” (John 4:34).
KNOWLEDGE OF WHO HAS GIVEN ASSIGNMENT IS VERY SIGNIFICANT
There’sa decision that everybody faces, and part of the danger of the world is itcauses us to forget that we have to decide who we are going to learn to livefrom. One of themost important aspects of assignment is to know whose assignment it is. There aretwo main sources of people’s life assignments, God or Satan. “There is no neutral ground in the universe; everysquare inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed bySatan” (John Milton). Whether one perceives their assignment as comingfrom one’s culture, peers, or those regarded with high esteem, it is importantto trace the root cause. Jesus Christ was sent into the world byGod on a mission. That mission was the assignment that defined |Jesus life onearth. “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work yougave me to do” (John 17:4). God’s purpose for his children isrevealed in Jesus Christ. C. S. Lewis says that satanic lies can beresisted and refuting by steadfastly holding on to the truth of Who God is, andwho we are in Him, and by being knowledgeable and vigilant to oppose thedevil’s schemes, through prayer, Scripture, worship, and the company we keep.Whatever a Christian does, one is able to see its relationship to the purposefor which one is in life. It is important that what we spend the majority ofour waking lives doing should be something that is valuable and is connected toGod’s purpose for us. "I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfillshis purpose for me" (Psalm 57:2). Whether voting in national generalelections or doing daily business, it is important to recognize the mission oneis on. To fail to be conscious of how every act is a step on the hillfavored is to give one’s vote not only for a world of misery, but also for aworld of lies and propaganda, of wishful thinking, of incessantautobiography. Any purpose outside Christ is to be lost. A believer, whodesires to fulfill the purpose of God in his /her life, should seek out todo so in Christ. For He is not only the purpose but He is the purpose workedout. Have you chosen the hill to die on? Whose mission defines your life?
“Youwere made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will nevermake sense." Rick Warren)