Kingdom Assignment

 

 

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What has God called you to do? Where is your place in God’s Kingdom? If your house is anything like mines, everything has a place but it’s not always in its place. The problem with that is when you  look for something and it’s not where it should be then you don’t know where it is.

When I can’t find the item or items I am looking for, I become frustrated and upset. In the Body of Christ, we each have a place in which we are to function.  God has called each of us and He has a plan and purpose for each of us. When we are operating outside of our purpose, it can lead to frustration. We may be doing good works but something feels off, it just doesn’t fit right. Frustrated believers will sometimes do what they see other doing, or do  what they think someone else wants them to do. This is a recipe for frustration and discouragement.

When we speak of calling as in “what has God called you to do?” Often we think of  the ministry gifts that Paul writes about in Ephesians 4: 11-12 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” These gifts are what is often referred to as the five- fold ministry.

These are gifts (a favor one receives without any merit of his own) that God gives. These gifted people are to use their gifts to edify or equip the Body of Christ. As believers begin to function in the things of God, there will be times of disappointment and we will need someone to encourage, restore, and mend the brokenness of our spirit.  That is why it is important that every believer be a part of a local assembly. You will need a gifted leader who can pour in encouragement and help you to stay strong to fulfill your Kingdom Assignment.

Each of us have been called by God. Jesus says in Matthew 22:14 “For many are called but few are chosen.”  The word called in the original language speaks of an invitation. In the context of this Scripture many had been invited to a wedding feast, but not all attended. Some made excuses. The invitation to salvation has gone out to all and some will make excuses and not accept. For everyone who accepts the called, God wants to use you to fulfill His purpose.

Over the next several weeks, I will be continuing this topic of How to fulfill your Kingdom Assignment.

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph.D.

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The Next Step

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Have you ever been at a place in life where you were waiting for further instructions? You’ve made it this far but now you are not sure how you should proceed. Now that I’ve graduated what do I do? Now that my kids are grown whose needs do I attend to? The person I thought I would love forever has left me. Whether in death or divorce, you never envision life without your spouse.

As we navigate this journey called life, there will be many bumps in the road. No matter how well we plan, things have a way of shifting in an unexpected way. It would be an illness, loss of a job, or simply a twist in our best laid plan.

Some changes we know are coming so we prepare in advance. Others catch us by surprise and often knock us off of our feet. So what do you do? In Ecclesiastes 9:11 Solomon writes “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” This does not mean that God is not governing our affairs but that there are just somethings that are beyond our control.

I reached an unexpected bump in the road recently when some personal health challenges surfaced. As caregiver for my husband, I know all too well how poor health can impact your vision for life. I am diligent to take care of myself as I know I cannot take care of him unless I am healthy. So imagine my surprise when I found myself in need of care and support for my health.

Maybe you’ve been there, when you just don’t understand what is happening. And you wonder what am I supposed to do now? Well rest assured my friend that the same God who guides us on the mountain will guide us through the valley.  He is our source of provision in consistency and in the inconsistencies of life.

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Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph.D.

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