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On Assignment by Jesus

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“I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah” (1 Peter 1:1 The Message).

Delightful thing this is, to be on assignment by Jesus. The word means to appoint a particular person to a specific use.

Os Guinness wrote, “Our passion is to know that we are fulfilling the purpose for which we are on earth. All other standards of success – wealth, power, position, knowledge, friendships – grow tiny and hollow if we do not satisfy this deeper longing.”

Deep in every heart is the God-planted desire to live a life that makes a difference. Many spend their lives looking for that one thing to which they can give their all. Somehow we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us. The truest way to fully express those gifts is by being on assignment by Jesus.

How wonderful it is to be able to say, “I am on assignment by Jesus.” Especially if you, like Peter, have said or done things which otherwise would mark you as one who who does not deserve such an opportunity.

But there is abundant mercy in the Lord, and just as Peter experienced it and was born again to a living hope – so too can we. We can experience our own resurrection from the dead, and walk in newness of life with a fresh start in the Kingdom.

And being those who are “on assignment” — all our talents, gifts, abilities, experiences, discoveries, longings, dreams, thoughts, and labors are re-focused on doing His bidding at this time, in this place, for this reason.

May the grace of God so work in your life to bring you to the place of your assignment!

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