My Assignment (I Corinthians 7-8)

17 Only let each person lead the life[c] that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.  I Corinthians 7:17

Along the journey of life there will be those memorable mile-marker experiences that change the course of one’s life. Ones mile markers are usually labeled as circumstances, trials, tragedies, miracles, or encounters with people that clarify God’s assignments in life.

Paul is writing concerning marriage in chapter 7:17. His words are so clear to me today; “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him,” the footnote in my Bible reads, this part of the verse could be translated as “let each person walk in the way…” Paul finished his directive here by writing, “and to which God has called him or her.”

Question: What is your assignment from the Lord?

As I asked myself this question, I began to consider the mile markers in my life. At the age of seven, I responded to God’s call to be saved. It was a mile marker for me. This was February 1974. Within days of this marker my mother said to me, Keith, I believe God is calling you to be a pastor someday. Bam, a mile marker again. For the next 14 years I would wrestle with what my mother had said. At the age of 21, another mile-marker came before me. On that day I finally surrendered my life to do what God called me to do.

Paul writes: “You were bought with a price.”

Brothers and sisters our mile-makers are only made possible because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Christ alone gave His life as a ransom for us (Mk. 10:45).

Just as I praise the Lord for His assignment for my life, I also praise the Lord for His assignment in your life. Because of your obedience many have been brought into the Kingdom of God.

Here is one last word from Paul: “The appointed time has grown very short.”

In my life I feel such an urgency to complete the assignment I have from God. I know the days of this world are growing few. I am praying for you to see your assignment, submit to your assignment, and to be successful in your assignment from God.

E.M. Bounds wrote the following centuries ago: “Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.”

I am talking to God for you. Please do the same for me.

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