“We however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God Himself first assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.” (2 Corinthians 10:13)
Recently my husband and I heard a sermon in which the pastor used this verse to encourage us to ask, ”Am I doing what God has assigned me to do?” As my husband and I discussed it, I told him I felt that so much has changed over the last year, due to my illnesses, that I felt I wasn’t really doing much.
No longer could I travel out of state doing mission trips, often now I’m not able to leave the house. Then my husband said,”How do you know God hasn’t just changed your assignment?” He then pointed out how my illness, as it is now, has allowed me to minister to a different group people–people he has prepared in advance for those divine appointments. He often working out a connection that is so amazing that only He could do it, showing His sovereignty.
As I’ve dwelled on this, I recognized that just because I’m not doing the same ministry I have for the many years, doesn’t mean I’m not ministering fully for Him. I shouldn’t mourn it–I should joyfully embrace the new assignment, boasting of how and what God is doing! (remembering to “confine my boasting” to His power and strength). I can choose to believe that He knows best what and where I can be used to the fullest.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the changes You have orchestrated in each of our lives. Help us to fully embrace those changes, knowing that Your plan is perfect. Our desire Lord is to serve You, let us not try to dictate that plan in our own will, but relinquish that control to You, giving You the very best we have to offer for Your kingdom. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as an online chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. It is her hope to bring encouragement to others as she deals with various chronic illnesses and pain; comforting others as God has comforted her.
How about you? Has God given you a new assignment as you deal with illness or caring for a loved one? What changes has He made in your life; how have you accepted His new Assignment for you?
I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video. It could have been a devotional all by itself. If we stop and look around we will find that everyone has a need. . . and many of them aren’t being met. Only the Lord knows who He is putting in your path today and He is trusting you to reach out, to smile, offer a word of encouragement. Don’t let your vision of what serving the Lord look like get in the way of the assignment he has already given you. -Lisa