Posted by: SandreS | July 21, 2009

On Assignment

… in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake … (II Corinthians 12:10).

We who have trusted Christ are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20; KJV margin, Darby, Young). We are here on foreign soil – “on assignment.” If we were in our own country we would not be subject to any of the cares and sorrows of this life; but as ambassadors to a world that is currently at enmity with God, we are constantly faced with the burdens of such a divine “appointment.”

That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto (I Thessalonians 3:3).

We are here to take our full share in the trials under which the “whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22). Each of us is part of that of which Job spoke, “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). We, in identity with Christ, suffer so that others may know of His wondrous and full grace. Next to our salvation we should have as our greatest desire that God would use us as His vessels of mercy. We suffer the perils of broken humanity for His sake.

As it is written, “For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter (Romans 8:36).

Each day that He extends free grace to mankind is but another day of extension to our “tour of duty,” but He will “make it up to us.”

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58).

As we find ourselves “in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake (II Corinthians 12:10), let’s not forget “that we are appointed thereunto” (I Thessalonians 3:3).

Be mindful of our honored appointment; we are on divine assignment!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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