If at this time of your life, you have no idea what your assignment is on this earth, then it is very vital to take time off to find out from God, what it is.
Knowing yours assignment is the first step towards being successful on earth and living a meaningful life.
Life lived outside the prescribed assignment is meaningless and would certainly lead to total failure, irrespective of what one might achieve before death.
Bible says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Everything on this earth has a purpose and every purpose has its time; God created all things for particular purposes or assignments and would have added more things if they were necessary. Even human excreta has a purpose on earth.
Every human being, irrespective of status, race, location, mode of birth (legitimate or illegitimate), has a purpose or assignment on earth to perform and that must be their foremost preoccupation. That is why it is imperative for each person to know why they are on earth.
If you do not know why you are on earth, you might end up living a life as useless as that of a still-born.
A still born comes into the world and departs immediately without making any impact on any person except to have wasted the parents time and left the mother with pain of enduring pregnancy and labor without any benefit.
When a life is lived without any impact (life without purpose or assignment) it becomes useless and a waste of time and resources. There is no greater waste than a wasted life, a life lived without purpose or outside God’s assignment.
All the great men that are recorded in the Bible came to the earth with specific assignments. Abraham began the generation of the Israelites and established the covenant with God; Joseph was to save the world from famine through his interpretation of dreams in Egypt, Moses came to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and lead them into the Promised Land, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry and Jesus came to save mankind. Paul had that unique assignment of spreading the Gospel across the world. There are many more records of people who focused on their assignment and lived a fulfilled life.
So assured of his assignment was Paul that, he declared before he died: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
Paul knew his assignment, devoted his time to it and after assessing himself, he became so assured that he marked himself successful.
It is believed that God permitted John the Baptist’s premature death because he had already finished his assignment of preparing the way for Jesus and ushering Him to the people.
On the other hand, David was so worried about his assignment that he offered a prayer unto God for wisdom to put time to good use by doing his work with the uncertain time he had. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12.
This is the prayer everybody needs to pray concerning their assignment. We need wisdom to number our days by using the time we have to fulfil our purpose or assignment.
To be successful on earth depends mainly on how far the assignment is executed.
The saddest truth is that, many are yet to know their assignment and that is resulting in waste of time as the days fly away. The assignment is tied to time.
One might be wondering how to know the specific assignment they have on earth.
The assignment is specific to every person. Some may have similar ones but no two persons have the same responsibility.
Our prayer should be to know why God brought us on earth and what He wants us to do.
When little Samuel was staying with Eli, a Priest of Israel, he heard the voice of the Lord but couldn’t identify whose voice it was until Eli guided him.
When Samuel finally responded to the voice by saying, “Speak, for your servant is listening,” (1 Samuel 3:10), the Lord spoke to him and told him what his assignment was.
God then gave him a message that helped him identify his assignment in Israel. Samuel grew up to become one of the greatest prophets Israel ever had. He appeared before the Israelites in his last days and accounted for his stewardship, challenging them to point out any wrong he had done.
“Now here is the king walking before you, and I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day. Here I am. Bear witness against me before the LORD and before His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe and closed my eyes? Tell me, and I will restore it to you. “You have not wronged us or oppressed us,” they replied, “nor have you taken anything from the hand of man.”… 1 Samuel 12: 2-4.
If we can take some time off to listen to God, who has been calling us all the time, we shall hear His voice and get to know the assignment He has for us.
It is a great pity to live without knowing one’s assignment on earth, when indeed that would be the determinant of your success or failure on earth.
May the Lord grant us wisdom.
Author: Theodore Mawuli K. Viwotor, Pastor of The Word In Action Church, Ghana Branch.
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