You Have a Kingdom Assignment!
by Remco Brommet
“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” 1 Corinthians 7:17
Pastors, church growth leaders and trend watchers have talked for decades now about the 20-80 reality in the life of most churches: 20% of the people doing 80% of the work and vice versa. The implication is that 80% of the people that shuffle in and out of our church campuses are passive. Perhaps they prefer to put money in the plate and pay professionals to do the ministry for them, rather than to be equipped to do the work themselves. Or they feel in some other way fearful and alienated from being actively involved in ministry. Or their churches don’t really have a strong mechanism to engage them. Or there is an “in-crowd” that won’t let them. Or perhaps it’s a little bit of everything.
The 20-80 problem is an important prayer topic as we continue to pray for God’s people to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from wicked ways, even as the country is opening up again and churches are planning a return to in-person worship services.
Because God has given each of us a unique kingdom assignment. That is implied by the text at the top of this page, and a couple of others:
- The text from 1 Corinthians implies that God has a life for us to which we are assigned and called. Jesus echoes that in John 15: that each branch that does not bear fruit, he takes away. He gets specific in Matthew 28:19 where He states before being taken up to heaven that the gathered disciples, and the world-wide church they are about to birth, are to make disciples of all nations. That is the overall assignment of His church that still stands today, and in which each believer has a part.
- Paul speaks at length in 1 Corinthians 12 about the fact that when you receive the Holy Spirit (i.e. when you are born again), He gives you gifts – not at random, but specifically formulated for you according to His master plan. “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.” (12:11)
- Not just that, but He apportions faith and grace (which in this context means power) to go with it (Romans 12:3-6). It enables you to use your gifts and carry out your assignment.
God has given us supernatural gifts, faith and power with the clear expectation that we will bear fruit. We’re the ones who have to step out in obedience. He will and guide direct us, but not while we are sitting down. A ship moored to the dock cannot be steered. Since God is a missionary God, and we have all been born again and baptized into His mission, He gets extremely upset with us when we shirk our responsibilities and do not seek out our kingdom assignment and pour ourselves into doing it, especially since He has supplied all we need and we do not have to do it in our own strength. The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 is a dire warning.
So pray with me along these lines this week. Here are a couple of pointers:
1. Pray for God to reveal, or clarify, your unique kingdom assignment. If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are, take an inventory to find out. There is a link below to an online resource that will help you.
2. Pray for your own church, that the people will return to worship with a passion for serving and a hunger to discover their kingdom assignment and spiritual gifts.
3. Pray for your pastoral and ministry staff to in-person worship with a vision to equip their congregation for ministry and help people discover their spiritual gifts, and create ways for those gifts to be used.
4. Pray for the awakening to a kingdom assignment and discovery of spiritual gifting to be part of God reviving His people coming out of the pandemic – and that it will translate into larger numbers of people being vessels for His power and glory and impacting others for Christ, especially since there are now so many who have a renewed interest in getting right with God and need to be brought into community and equipped for ministry themselves.
There is no greater thrill to think that God has given us supernatural gifts, faith and power. And knowing that, there is no excuse to get engrossed in pursuing the things of this world and letting it all go to waste!
Audio of 5-25-2020 TI Prayer Call Devotional by Remco Brommet