So, I turned 18 yesterday. I guess I’m an adult now. Weird. Anyway, as I was reflecting on my past and praying about my future this morning, I was asking God to just give me a fresh word from Him. It’s a new year, a big year. I have a lot of changes coming up, and I just wanted to hear from God this morning.
I have been reading Acts for a little while now, and today, I was on Act 13, which is the story of when Paul sets out on his first missionary journey with Barnabas. What stuck out to me was verse 4, where it says that Paul and Barnabas were “sent on their way by the Holy Spirit.” The message translation says they were “sent off on their new assignment by the Holy Spirit.”.
I didn’t think much of this verse at first glance. I mean, I’m not going on a huge missionary journey like Paul was, so I assumed this couldn’t apply to me. However, once I started thinking about this verse, I realized that God wanted this to be true about me and, really, about all believers.
As Christians, we all have an assignment. We are to go where the Spirit sends us. We may not be going on a big journey like Paul, not everyone is called to do that, but we each have gifts and assignments that we are to fulfill through the power of the Holy Spirit. Whether you are packing up and moving to Africa, or you are just going to work like you always do, you have a mission field. You have a God given purpose, whether you are going to school or you are starting a church. Since the Holy Spirit is leading all the workers, there are no unimportant jobs in the kingdom of God.
So, as I start my 18th year, I’m setting out on my new assignment by the Holy Spirit. Like I said, I have lots of changes coming up, but I know that the Holy Spirit will give me what I need for the journey. The same goes for you. God does not send you off on a journey without giving you what you need to complete it. I heard someone say that God does not call the equipped; He equips the called. God has given us His Spirit, which is the best thing we could possibly have as we go on our journeys. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3). We have the Spirit and we have the Word of God, we are equipped to do great things.
I can look back over the past 18 years, and I remember times where I know I was sent to do something by the Holy Spirit. There were times I ignored Him completely and missed opportunities. There were times I set out on an assignment of God, but thought it would be impossible to fulfill, because I didn’t have the power or the resources. However, God came through, and I was able to do what I thought would be impossible. There were times when the Spirit led to me to something that I thought was small and insignificant, but after following the Spirit, I found that what I was doing was not unimportant at all.
Looking over your shoulder and seeing how God has been with you in the past, makes it easier to trust Him with the unknown of your future. I know that it is hard to go where the Spirit sends you. It’s scary, it’s new, and you don’t know what to expect. Imagine how Paul felt as he set out on a journey that he knew would be difficult and dangerous. I could imagine Him walking into a town, knowing that there would be people there that would want to kill him, but continuing to walk through the city gates, because he knew that God was going to continue to be with him no matter what happened in that city. When we step into the unknown, we have the security of knowing that God is still there to lead us, love us, and protect us. God has never stopped being in control and He never will. He was there with me in the hardest times of my past, and He will continue to be with me in whatever the future holds.
So, as I start my 18th year, I want to go where the Spirit sends me, no matter where that is. I am being sent off on my new assignment by the Spirit, and I want to give it my very best this year. I pray that you choose to do the same thing, friend, as you fulfill your assignment. Go where the Spirit sends, and “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
As usual, you guys can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests. I hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about me and what I am learning, and I hope you will continue to keep up with the blog as I continue on my journey.