The Lord has set aside each of us for a distinctive position, a particular job for His Kingdom. Each of us has been given different assignments according to the will of the Father. He provides some with more challenging terrain to cross, which requires greater talents, gifts, and skills to accomplish their unique task. So, in turn, comes greater struggle, but the Lord will always provide the strength to endure.
For as in one body, we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: Romans 12:4-6
You may be required to live a godly life, speaking the truth in love right where you are. In your home, job, on the street, or place of business. In this way, you will be an example and a witness of Jesus Christ to those around you. God calls others to an active ministry working in churches or away to foreign countries to share the gospel of Jesus Christ; they feed the poor, clothe the needy, or help others in whatever manner God has placed on their hearts.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2:11-13
But some have been given significant and extremely difficult assignments. For those to whom God gives a higher task, God requires more from them. Just as Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, John, and the Apostle Paul had great assignments, God expected more from their lives, devoted to His righteous cause.
Everyone to whom much was given, of him, much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. Luke 12:48
Take the Apostle Paul, for example; he had to endure more than most. He had to endure soul-crushing pressures, constant abuse, and extremely dangerous and demanding circumstances. Many will not understand or comprehend the degree of the sacrifice and suffering God demands from His servant, who He calls on His special missions. But remember, just because God gives others a different assignment doesn’t make them better or you less than them. But we are all part of the body of Christ, called to operate as a different part of the plan.
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15-16
But one thing is the same for all of us, the Holy Spirit is our guide and will be with each of us. He is like a compass that shows you what is true north. So you may know what, how, and where the Lord wants you to go.
He is the light that will shine for you and point out the path you need to go. He is your guide and direction. He is your strength that will enable you to climb to great heights so that you may make it to the top of the mountain He chooses. You must depend on Him to fulfill your mission. No one else can show you the way, no one else can keep you on the right path, but only the Lord.
So seek His guidance and ask Him where and what you should do. He will tell you and show you in His time. Believe and obey, even if it frightens you. He knows what is ahead and what is best at any given moment.
He is the compass that points directly to God’s finish line. He is the one that will bring you through the darkness when you can not see the hand that is in front of your face. So great is our God that He guides us with a whisper. Out of the great unknown into His divine future. Just like a compass can guide a ship from the middle of the ocean to a safe haven, so will the Lord guide you.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do, and greater works than these will he do because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:12-17, 26
Thank you, Joel.
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You are welcome Christine!