Posted by: SandreS | September 25, 2016

On Assignment

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Being citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20), we are here on foreign soil – “on assignment.” If we were in our home 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 thereto (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 to trouble, as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).

We suffer the perils of broken humanity “for His sake.”

As it is written, “For Your 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 surely make it up to us.

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

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

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

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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