For those that may be new to my daily devotion, I teach classes at the Next Step Recovery Men's Home and today we were in the book of Matthew chapter 10. I was absolutely blessed with some of the truth we dug into today.
Has there been a point in your life that you were obviously not working with your strengths? Maybe you were asked to babysit and by the end of the night you had 3 kids under the age of 10 covered in permanent marker or perhaps an entire bottle of bubble bath produced enough bubbles to fill one bathroom, an entire hallway, and an adjacent bedroom roughly 18 inches deep. NOT one of your strengths! Or maybe you decided thatyou could replace that sagging sheetrock on the ceiling of the guest room in your home, only to find in the end that the project resembled your third graders art assignment. NOT one of your strengths.
In Matthew chapter 10 we see Jesus calling His disciples by name and tasking them with an assignment. But that is not where he left it. The passage also tells us that an assignment was not the ONLY thing that He gave them. He gave them power!
Friends we can be sure that we are no different than these 12 men. First—we are called!
In John 12:32 Jesus says,
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
Peter told us in his second letter in chapter 3 verse 9,
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
It is God's desire for ALL to come to him through His Son Jesus Christ. That being established we come to the second point.
Second—we all have an assignment.
Ours is best summed up in the great commission Jesus gives us in Matthew 28:19-20.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”
Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians chapter 2 verse 10,
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
So not only are we called by God but the task, the assignment, was prepared for us by God.
Third, in the same way that we are no different than the 12 men Jesus called and gave assignments to, we too have received POWER to accomplish the assignments God prepared for us! Jesus told us in Acts 1:8,
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Friends we can have all confidence that all that Jesus has called us to be and to do He has also equipped and empowered us to see it completed. As He has prepared the good work and He has prepared the worker. He doesn't call the equipped but equips the called!
This all being said, I feel the need to give awarning. I am also just as confident, through not only the evidence I have seen in my own life and the evidence in the lives of countless others, but also the truth found in the infallible Word of God.
Galatians 6:7-10 reminds us,
“7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he willalso reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 Andlet us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if wedo not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all,especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Friends, if we can be confident that there is in fact a life and an assignment or calling that God has prepared for us then we MUST be equally confident and convinced, that there is a life and a work that He has NOT prepared for us.
Does your life resemble the babysitting job I described earlier? Does your life resemble the handyman job that no matter how good your intentions or how much effort you put into it seems to fall apart? I am confident that though I may find some level of success, or I can see tangible results in my life, if I am not walking in all God has called me to and if I am not pursuing what God is preparing me for then I am missing out.
I went to a testimony service last night and heard the story from a woman named Jess that I feel really confirms this. Jess came from a broken home and a childhood full of crappy coping skills that leads to a life of desperate cries to Jesus with little real clean time until she surrendered her life completely to His plan for her life and boy could I relate!
Folks, if Jesus has a calling on your life (and He does), you and I will not see the fullness of the success He has for us until we come to that full surrender to ALL that He has prepared for us and empowered us for.
Know your calling!! And the only way to know that is to know the One who is doing the calling. He will be faithful to His Word and ensure you are fully equipped to do all he calls you to!!
Know Jesus and Make Him Known.
Mike Andersen is a graduate of Next Step Recovery Ministries. Mike currently serves as a teacher at Next Step and helps with various other activities such as community connections, BLOG posts, and various other activities. You can reach Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org