“The Work of the Lord”
AN ASSIGNMENT JUST FOR YOU
Far too many of us get sidetracked because we only focus on what we might get from God to make us more comfortable.
Nor is the Promised Land a place of getting to relax and do nothing. Yes, many people today are stressed and overscheduled, wishing for some time off. But if that is your definition of realizing God’s favor in your life, you will be disappointed.
Think about this: If I were to spend three days sitting and watching TV for eight hours a day, eating cookies and cheese doodles, I should be well rested, right? I’ve saved all kinds of energy, since I’ve hardly budged from my favorite chair. Muscle tone is developed and energy is created not by doing nothing, but by doing something. This principle holds true in the spiritual realm as well. It is why so many Christians lack the fulfillment and strength God wants them to have. They have not yet found their personal work assignment in God’s overall plan, which was conceived by him long before they even became Christians.
We all know believers who live with a gnawing lack of fulfillment. Something is definitely missing. They often try to fill the void by buying a new book or CD from a Christian personality. They may switch versions of the Bible. They wonder about changing churches. The key to filling their emptiness is to discover and then carry out their work assignment from the Lord.
Christians try to feel their assignment in there gifts, their gifts are for the assignment.
“The Work of the Lord”
This was the Israelites’ special assignment from God.
(Jos 1:1) Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
(Jos 1:11) Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.
(Jos 1:16) And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.
(Jos 1:16) They answered Joshua, “We will do everything you have told us and will go anywhere you send us.
The question for each one of us in the twenty-first century is: What’s mine? What specific thing has God planned for me to accomplish in his name?
It is probably not to possess physical real estate, the way Joshua and his people conquered the Promised Land. But what does God want you and me to do?
New Testament speak specifically about something called “the work of the Lord,” encouraging us to know what it is and then to follow up with diligence.
(1Co 15:58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
(1Co 15:58) So, my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Don’t let anything change you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord. You know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.
(1Co 16:10) Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
(Col 4:17) And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
(Col 4:17) Say to Archippus, See that you do the work which the Lord has given you to do.
Our assignment, like Joshua’s, is focused in some way on carrying out God’s mission. His grand scheme includes two primary objectives: (1) to spread the gospel to all creation, and (2) to nurture those who receive the gospel so that they grow into spiritual maturity.