God is doing some exciting things in my life and ministry right now! I can’t wait to tell you about the experiences as his purpose and vision are revealed and developed.
I am completely resting in the promise of this scripture at this time in my life:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advanced for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).”
Take a moment to read that scripture again. Doesn’t the truth of this scripture relieve a lot of pressure? It certainly does for me. At the age of 18, I was assured of my salvation. At 19 years old, I understood that I was saved by faith alone in God’s grace alone, through Jesus Christ alone, for the purpose of God’s glory alone. God has given me the generous gift of salvation. In other words, there was nothing that I could do to work or earn my own salvation. Christ is the ultimate victor in the world, and in Him only can I boast (1 Corinthians 1:31).
It is a result of his finished work on the cross that I am able to good works. I do those good works to bring glory to God on earth. Matthew writes:
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and praise your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).”
The blessing in all of this is that God, in his magnificent wisdom, has already outlined the work that he has for me to do. He has already prepared the way for me. So I do not have to worry. I do not have to be anxious.
I do not have to manipulate situations. I know that there were times in my professional career when I worked so hard to do the right things, check the right boxes, and make the right connections all in the name of building a reputable career. Now, I simply rest in the promises and truths found in God’s Word. I pray. I seek His face and study His Word.
I challenge myself to be faithful in the little things, both seen and unseen. Sometimes those little things are reading books, sending an email, writing a blog post, finishing a class assignment, cleaning my house, interceding for others in prayer, intentionally making my daughter laugh or spending time with my husband, giving money, calling a friend, or bringing a smile to someone’s face. There is nothing glamorous about any of these things.
These actions, however, are the things that He has assigned for me to do. I find that when I am prayerful and obedient in the “small” things, it is much easier to make decisions when “bigger” opportunities present themselves. When I am walking in obedience, I normally don’t require additional time to pray about a decision because God is presently revealing his will to me. I can simply answer yes or no so that I can remain faithful to what God has for me to do.
Remember, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much (Luke 16:10).”
I’ll be sharing some of my ministry assignments within the next couple of months. I’m interested in knowing about your assignments so that I can rejoice in God’s mighty hand at work in your life.
Do you know your God given assignments? How has God affirmed them in you and through others?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2011