KBA Monthly Meeting: April 2016

The topic today is on assignment. Part of the background of this is a couple months ago … Actually, I ran into Brian in the grocery store, and we were talking about busyness, and how we’re not able to always attend KBA, or other events, and do the things we always want to do. It occurred to me, and actually Brian and I spoke about this, is that you know what? Often, God has you exactly where he wants you to be. The pressures of life are that, oh I got to go to this meeting, I got to go to that meeting, I got to go do all these other things, and really, the Holy Spirit was kind of impressed upon me even before Brian and I talked about it.

It was like, most likely, as you’ve been a follower of Christ and you’ve dedicated your life, you’re probably pretty close to where exactly he wants you to be. If we’re too busy to attend a KBA, or if we’re too busy to do other things I just encourage you, don’t let the enemy put a guilt trip on you. Because I think that many times we’re doing ministry every day that we’re living exactly the way God wants us to go. That’s part of our assignment. Now I believe that there are even higher levels of assignment and maybe God has greater things. I’m excited to hear about Brian’s new adventure in Confections.
I know Karen got excited when Brian mentioned that. Parker too a little bit. I just want to start with that, is that in kind of how this came together, it reflects that in some ways. The question I had, you have a handout? The first page actually is the one that has alignment written on the side. As I put this together it really kind of came about that as I looked at the first part of it turned out to be all about our alignment for our assignment. We want to talk about that, but it starts with what examples of biblical business assignments are there? I ask you that question, you guys have read the Bible once or twice before. What kinds of assignments, and who comes to mind when you think about biblical assignments, maybe tie it into the marketplace. Who kind of comes to mind? What kind of Biblical heroes come to mind when we think about marketplace assignments?

Gideon.

Gideon. That’s a good one. God just doing his thing, you know.

Moses.

Moses. Yeah that was like a Moses one, Moses is … What was he? How old was he? Ninety years old or something before he came back to Egypt? Just tending sheep. A buddy had a rich good life going, then boom, to the desert. Can you imagine? Really God, this is what I get to do?

Nehemiah.

I was thinking Nehemiah was a great one too, about building the wall of restoring.
Jonah, yeah, Joseph. I think if we think about it, is there’s a lot of biblical background to assignments and we don’t necessarily need the … I always think of the blues brothers, you know, on the I’m on an assignment from God, being from Chicago I kind of like that movie. There are assignments and God combines the natural world and the spiritual world. Again, using Moses as the example, is that … Even Paul, they were operating in the natural world but God, especially with Moses, was preparing him for something significant that was to come that would impact the spiritual world.

I think that’s true in our own walk, that we may not always see the spiritual element to it or where it’s going, but I can assure you and I encourage you to think about and be confident that as you’re walking out, the natural aspects of your marketplace ministry, there’s a spiritual aspect that’s coming into play as well. We’re going to talk about that, maybe in fact how we see it. I started with this topic because I think we could spend a whole session and weeks and months on what were Jesus’ victories? Who is Jesus? Are the victories that Jesus accomplished just for the future or are they for now? Actually, we pray with Larry. Larry had a great insight from the Lord, and I asked him if he’d be willing to share that, it kind of ties into this topic.

Larry: I was doing a teaching on the blood of Jesus and my communion, that sort of thing, and my wife put on a worship song, I had a small group at our house and she put on this Christian music, and it was about the blood of Jesus. The Lord, he spoke to me and he said, yes, my love protects you. He said but when I shed my blood in comfort it was like a nuclear torpedo that went into the kingdom of hell, kingdom of Heaven destroyed all the power of the enemy. He said and I’ve given you my love, not as a place to hide from the enemy but to go forth and to destroy yours. Many times you get this concept, this idea, and I don’t know where it comes from, but that the enemy is all powerful, and he’s got all these plans and schemes, which Jesus said my blood is given to you as a weapon of warfare to defeat an enemy, not to hide from one.

Jim: Isn’t that powerful? What a great revelation. That stirred us up, and I think it’s just a great reminder that we’re on the winning side. We’re on the victorious side. Sometimes I don’t know that I every day behave in a manner that recognizes that. We’re going to talk about the alignment in recognizing this truth. I put down three bullets under this, Jesus’ victories. The reason I put these down is because I think there gets to be a confusion that happens in the marketplace that … You know, there’s a lot of focus in Christianity on salvation. Therefore, because of that focus, sometimes there’s a … Maybe a guilt or something that comes on those who aren’t focused on this first one, which is salvation.

If you’re not out in the middle of Africa saving lost children and providing some kind of children’s ministry that you’re not doing God’s work. We’ve talked about this before. If we’re not counting the number of salvation’s that we can attribute to our testimonies or to people coming into us praying for them, that in some way we’re not doing God’s work. For sure, just based on John 3:16, salvation is one of the things that Jesus accomplished and provides to us. There are other things, and I’ve only listed three, and they’re probably dozens and dozens, but clearly a second thing that goes along with what Larry talked about is that redemption are in repentance, is that if we think about from the standpoint that in our own hearts, in our own bodies, if we read scripture, we’re a holy vessel, and trust me, we’re going to bring this into the marketplace realm.

I guarantee it, we’re going to give you some examples and help you think about this. I think it’s important we touch a little bit upon the whole basis of our faith. In that repentance, as a holy vessel is the fact that as we go about our lives, as we’re not perfect and as we sin and as we even think about things that aren’t in alignment with God, especially if we act out on them, is that there’s a defilement that comes about from that right? It’s not that Gods mad at us, it’s not that God’s angry with Eric because yesterday he got angry and spoke out and lashed out at somebody, which he didn’t because Eric never does that, but I do. At the end of the day is the blood of Jesus, as Larry just talked about, let’s think about what the blood did before Jesus.

I think this helps me understand it, is that since God is light and God is perfect and light destroys darkness. Think about this. You can’t have light and darkness exist at the same time. Light destroys darkness, so in our own hearts when there’s darkness light can’t exist with the darkness, it destroys it. God doesn’t want to destroy us, he wants to redeem us and bring us closer to him. There’s this process that God gives us, and that’s the chance to repent, and unlike some of the historical church doctrines, repentance isn’t about a negative thing, it’s about a positive thing that allows us to allow Jesus, through his blood, to remove that darkness so that we can have more light, so that we can be closer and be united with our father.

It’s about allowing us to come together and be more like him, and it’s an ongoing process. What, in the old … In the temple, what they would do for atonement is they would sacrifice the animals and it was more than lambs, it was a lot of different animals. The priest would then bring the blood into the temple and they would use the blood to wipe all the instruments and the altar and the fixtures that were in the temple, to cleanse it from defilement. If we think about it, what the blood of Jesus is doing in each of us, since we’re now the temple and since we’re now the vessel, whenever we repent, in reality what we’re allowing Jesus to do is to come into our heart, wipe away the defilement’s, the things that separate us from us so that now once again we’re right and we’ve been redeemed.

Now we can come into the presence of God. I think that’s powerful in the marketplace because we have to think about what our calling is, and I’m going to come back to that, what our purpose is. The third thing that I put down that we used to talk about a lot in KBA, we don’t talk about much, is if you go through and you study the actual words of Jesus for yourself, which many of you do, think about in Matthew, it’s about … Jesus said that repent, change your way of thinking because the kingdom of God is at hand. That’s always how he started. Many times we don’t come back to think about that is that Jesus brought the kingdom with him. That was one of the main things that Jesus accomplished, is the establishment of the kingdom.

One of the evidences of that is the risen Christ in Acts when he was risen for forty days on Earth and he went around meeting with all these people, read Acts 1:3, what did he talk about? He talked about the kingdom, he didn’t talk about salvation, he didn’t … Not that salvation isn’t important, he talked about the kingdom. How the kingdom had now come. Go through, look at what he talked to John about. That he would not pass before he would see the kingdom, because Jesus brought the kingdom with him and Jesus then left the kingdom and placed it here. I put down a statement, which again could … We could talk a lot of detail on, but it’s an interesting thing to think about. If the Holy Spirit resides in you and resides in me, that Jesus allowed to come to earth, and he promised it.

As the Holy Spirit resides in the believers today, has not the kingdom come to earth? It’s here, it’s in you and you and you and you and you. It’s here today. The kingdom is here today. Jesus spoke a lot about that. When we look at our assignment we need to keep these three things in mind because they relate, because if that was Jesus’ assignment and what Jesus accomplished, Jesus is our prototype, our model. The one that we’re to emulate, then that should be part of our assignment. The second piece then that I talked about as far as alignment is that Jesus knew his foundation. Because in life, if you haven’t experience it today or last week, you’re going to experience next week or a month from now, there’s a storm coming.

I’m not just talking about the snow storm that’s coming. There were storms in Jesus’ life. I mean, why do I have to repeat them all? Jesus knew that he came not to replace scripture but to fulfill scripture. Jesus knew that his role was to honor the father and to do everything that he saw his father doing, not to bring glory to himself. Re-read the scriptures in John, time after time after time Jesus is talking about being glory to the father. I have found out one time in the scripture where Jesus talked about bringing glory to himself. He was talking about glorifying his father through his actions.

That’s something that we have to keep in mind. Jesus knew who he was. In John 17:3, what I like to bring out as far as who Jesus knew is that in salvation, John 3:16 we talk about eternal life, well John 17:3 Jesus spoke, what is eternal life, and this is where Jesus knew and what he encourages us. I’ve spoken on this before, there’s only one time he said this is eternal life, does anyone remember what it is? To know the only true God in Jesus whom you sent. That’s eternal life through the definition of Jesus. Don’t we get to do that today? Isn’t that part of our calling? Today it’s not just an eternity up in heaven thing, it’s a today thing, just like the kingdom is here today. This is all part of our assignment that I’m going to get to.

Part of that foundation is Jesus knew who he was to serve. My question is who and what will we serve? You say, well what is the serve thing and how does that relate? Well, it began real early in Jesus’ ministry in Matthew 4:10 when he was being tempted. Jesus said that what we serve is what we worship. That cuts to the bone of what we’re doing, and in our assignments in our day, because we can come to this beautiful church and worship on Sunday or Saturday night, and we can be part of God, but if in our day to day activities, we’re serving mammon or we’re serving our own greed, or if we’re serving our own interests, then we’re really not worshiping God. We’re worshiping ourselves or we’re worshiping mammon or we’re worshiping these other things.

Jesus got it right because he knew who he was serving, and there’s so many scriptures we could go to as far as how he encouraged us to serve. In fact, actually in Genesis, in the garden when that word is used that there was no man and we needed a man to till the garden, to work the garden, that Hebrew word kavod is actually used two hundred times throughout scripture as worship, as serve, and only like twenty times as work. Work is worship. When we work we’re worshiping. When Adam worked in the garden, tilled the garden, managed the garden, kept the garden, it was a form of worship to his heavenly father.

The last piece I put down is that through the foundations we also have to have the feedback. There has to be some kind of tracking and monitoring so that we don’t get off track. Has anyone noticed how chaotic this world is? Right? I mean, we get off track all the time. For Jesus, that instrumentation, or that tracking, or that monitoring came from the word of God. Remember that Jesus would go in during the day and do all this ministering and it started out small but you know … I know Steve just got back from Israel, and when you’re on the Mount of Beatitudes and you look down, there are like twenty and thirty and forty thousand people who would listen to Jesus.

Think of all the pulling on his strings, and hey Jesus I got this problem would you pray for me? Poor pastors here, I mean and probably at your church, they’re getting called on all the time, I can only imagine forty thousand people, hey wait a minute, wait a minute. He would always retreat, right. To be one with the father, and he would repeat the scripture. For us, we need to have a plan, we need to have goals, we need to have performance measures to keep us on track for our assignment. I didn’t start with this, but perhaps you’re on an assignment. Perhaps you know someone who’s on an assignment. Perhaps you always thought you would have an assignment but you don’t know what that assignment is right now.

All of the supplies, and those are the answers and the directions we’re hoping that this talk will lead to. When Jesus retreated in the morning, and I think this is probably the most important thing for me on this page, is Jesus fully understood … Remember, in John, Jesus, at 5:19 Jesus repeated this incredible statement is that he only does what he sees his father doing. Jesus himself only did what he saw God doing. Through that, with the retreat and the statement and as you go on further, is that Jesus understood something that we need to get right. It’s that there’s an audience of one, with all the things that you’re involved in, all the things your kids are involved in, all the things your parents are involved in, all the things of work, none of that is as important as the fact is that you and I are in a relationship where there’s an audience of one person that we need to know and we need to get right, and serve.

To listen to, and to have guidance. I think a lot of times in our walk, we fail to remember that. That audience of one, and I can tell you in my own walk, as we get more and more intimate, as we spend more and more time, the measurement of the fruit of that relationship is not going be necessarily that people are going to be like, wow, Eric, I can tell you just spent the morning with God, congratulations. In fact, many times it’s the opposite. Many times, and you can see what happened to Jesus, is we spend time with God, he has a unique assignment for each and every one of us, it’s an assignment that’s in process, but the people around you don’t necessarily see what God has in mind. Unfortunately what I find is that there’s a lot of pressure to conform to what the world, or what the people around you, even the people who love you want you to do.

I encourage is when we look for our true assignment, is a measure of are we on track is not the fact that everyone sees it in you. It’s not the fact that everyone agrees with the direction you’re going. We have to listen to the audience of one, Jesus listened to his father, the audience of one. Part of that, with the blood, is that at the end of the day is that one of the things that sin, which is really just a separation from God. Again, trying to separate it from this traditional description, is as we just discussed, anytime we sin it’s really just a separation that occurs from God himself. Which is why the repentance is so important, because it restores it. Sin, as that separation, really the outcome of that is that it takes us off of our destiny and our purpose. That’s part of Satan’s plan, is to take you off, take me off, of our destiny and the purpose that he created us.

When we give in to lust or when we give into greed or when we’re selfish or these other things, God isn’t mad at you. Read the scriptures. God wants you, he has a great purpose and plan and destiny for you, he wants you to be one with him so that you can fulfill what he created you to do. Lastly is that in James it talks about as we ask and seek, we do it amiss with the wrong motive. If we’re thinking and looking for our assignment is that … Again, as we look at Jesus as our prototype and model, he promised that we would be one in the father just as he was. Think about that. He goes on to say actually that you’ll even do greater things because I’ll be with the father and I’ll send you the Holy Spirit.

For our assignment is that part of how we get out of alignment is that we asked amiss. We’re using wrong motives as to what the purpose for what we have to do. Part of that then would be who are we seeking the glory for? In John, Jesus said that he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth, otherwise he who seeks his own glory is off base. Part of our assignment has to be not glorifying ourselves. Part of our assignment has to be making sure, like Jesus, we’re in alignment that the assignment that we do or we pursue glorifies our father. All right, we can switch the page.

What about your eternal assignment? It’s a unique assignment. You may not even know it. Does anyone know what your assignment is? From a eternal perspective, from a spiritual perspective? Have you thought about it? Ask God, he wants you to know what it is. We’re going to talk about how it gets revealed. I had something just recently come up that I didn’t know was going to be my assignment. I had a background that was going on and on and on for years and years and I was kind of like, God you got to do something about that. Recently, he said okay I am. This is what you’re going to do. I guess part of this is coming from that.

Okay, so what is your eternal assignment? How are you going to find out? Well, waiting, we love that word don’t we? Patience. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. There is a way that is right. I can think about in our own business, when we first started sixteen almost seventeen years ago, I had a senior vice president of a major corporation, as we spun off from them, say Jim are you sure you know what you’re doing? I said oh yeah, this is easy man, they’re going to … it’s time to go. He goes, I don’t know if the timings right. I said oh yeah, the timings right, we’re going to go. Man we hit some hard times, you know. I look back, I guess the timing was right, I don’t know if I would have done it any other way, but it always reminds is that as a young person especially, but not necessarily exclusively, timing has to be right.

There is a right way, and we can look through your own eyes as to what was right, and if you stepped out to soon. There’s a process that I just encourage you that if you haven’t been waiting you should wait, if you are waiting don’t give up. You’re doing the right thing. All right. Then there’s also an advanced preparation that occurs. When we look through scripture is that God was always, in advance, preparing the path for the people and for his purposes. He was sending forth angels to destroy the enemy. He’s sending forth angels right now to prepare your path, and to destroy the plans of the enemy that come against you. Obviously I don’t want to get in front of those angels. I want them to remain in front, right?

God orchestrates events, his timing is perfect, and as we get older we can look back at those circumstances in our life we’re like wow, okay yeah, God I didn’t really know what you were doing at that time. Again, from a business perspective, I look back and try to come up with an example I can share it with you, that might relate to something you had, and I hadn’t really even thought about this before but in our own business, maybe six years ago we had a terrible client, we had a terrible project, it almost destroyed our company. Stopped paying us, owed us over a million dollars, and you’ve heard that story. It’s like, really God? This was ten years into our business.

Yet now I can look back and I said, you know what come out of that is that we strengthened what we needed to strengthen to prevent that from happening again. Interesting enough, that lead to a very good project that we made very good money on, and it helped to … It reestablished us. Interestingly enough, from that project came the best project we ever had. The best client we ever had. The largest by far. A client that paid us a great sum of money that we made a lot of money on, that allowed us to then start to sow into these areas that we had dreamed about doing when we started our company but never had the resources to do it.

It’s because of that string of events that we now have four new ventures, similar to Brian. Brian’s always got a new venture going. We have four new ventures that are just now beginning to produce fruit. They’re a lot of work, there’s risk associated with them, ones that were now back in Israel, we’re doing projects in Israel. We’ve expanded domestically, we’ve started a new product line related to something we’ve done and we’ve kicked off some new products. I can tie it all the way back now, if I look at it, to that bad project, and how God was able to use that through this process. I know he’s doing the same thing in your life.

One of the thoughts I had is that in your assignment there’s … The most difficult one I think is anything that’s cross-cultural, that’s disruptive. The thing about Jesus was the master of disruptive in cross-cultural because at the time, the rulers of the day, the religious rulers of the day had established so many rules and regulations that people couldn’t follow him. They themselves were corrupt and taking in funds through corruption. Actually, one of the things we don’t talk about too much in the church, based on my research, is one of the things that the rulers, religious rulers of that day were doing is they were making it almost impossible for non-Jews to become followers of the God of Israel.

They had basically made it impossible for what they call gentiles, which was somebody who didn’t follow the God of Israel to follow the God of Israel. One of Jesus’ things that he broke through, was this ability to allow not just Jews to know the father of Israel, but for non-Jews, gentiles, to know the father of Israel. That was disruptive. That was cross-cultural. The seven mountains in our day, you know, this whole ministry of seven mountains. That’s disruptive, that’s cross-cultural. Those things take the most amount of time, and I just encourage you that as you gone through life and you’ve had your experiences … Look at Moses, Moses didn’t even start until he was ninety. Whether you’re eighty or whether you’re ten, or fifteen or nine, it doesn’t matter. If it’s going to be a cross-cultural thing you’re called to, it’s going to take some time. Which should encourage you. The more time that’s in preparation, the more significant the calling.

What about your assignment? The other piece that comes to mind is momentum. We all want to understand momentum. You’re going down a hill it’s certainly a lot easier than going up the hill. What I wanted to just point out is that wherever you are at that point in time, that’s likely to be apart of your assignment. I know a lot of people want to just give up, walk away and go do something else. My experience in when I look at the Bible is more, think about people who were called into significant roles, they were fishing. Count me in on that. Count us in on that. They were in the field. They were … Let’s see, I wrote some notes down here. You can think of some of these as well. One was in prison. Joseph, thinking of Joseph.

Don’t discount where God has you right now. Because think about it. It’s so much harder to pack up. Think about closing down your business or closing down your career and just starting new. That takes a lot of energy, it takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of, you know, just motion and focus. Think about how much easier it is for God, to just … If you’ve been even remotely listening, to use what you have right now. I believe most of us are called into our assignment right where we are right now. If we’re looking for … If we’re right now but we don’t have our assignment, here’s some things to think about.

What’s new and improved? What can you bring that’s new and improved? What’s innovation? What could be done better? What kind of truth? What kind of spiritual understanding can you bring to where you are right now? Those will stir up some ideas as to what your assignment can be. Another way that you might begin to understand where your assignment is, is your personal passion. What would your spouse or the people around you say is your passion? What you’re always talking about that kind of drives your wife nuts, or the people around you nuts. It’s like okay okay okay. That’s it. That’s part of your assignment. That’s what was revealed to me. It’s like, yeah that’s always bothered me, I hate that. That’s your assignment.

Team work, very few of us can get anything done on our own. That’s why we’re in business. It takes a team, and it takes bringing together people who will work together, and probably your assignment includes making sure you have people around you that you can work with, that are like mind, that are equally yolked. Who’s on your team? Do you need to bring somebody new into your team? Who has God already provided that you didn’t even think about as part of that solution for your assignment? That’s the thought that occurred to me is at … You know, at the end of the day when we look at who Jesus selected for his team, I don’t know why, it just recently really relates to me is that, what did Jesus see in Peter and Andrew? They were fishermen. What about James and John? He just walked by and said follow me, be fishers of men.

At the time, there were many different types of rabbis, and they would call in their students, so it was common to have a rabbi with a group of students around him. Jesus was just beginning, and okay, I see why maybe they would see that in Jesus, but what did Jesus see in them? This helps us think about who we would choose. Was it that they had their hearts focused on the audience of one? Even as fishermen. Even as whatever James and John were doing, I forget. They were fishermen too. Matthew the tax collector or whatever. At the end of the day is what made them qualify. What did Jesus see in them? Were they obedient? Were they humble?

I think actually when Jesus looked at James and John and Peter and Andrew and the others, he saw a heart of somebody who had a personal relationship with the father, and would therefore come along and be easier to work with and train as to how to serve God. Maybe those are the types of people we should look for. There are levels of assignment, as I said, there’s overlapping, worldly and heavenly. We can look at Noah, I mean Noah’s out doing his thing, and then he’s building this boat. That was a worldly thing, but behind the scenes God had this significant spiritual thing. The same things going on in your life. In your job and your company.

Two areas of assignment to think about is that there’s an assignment to impact the world, which is what we more traditionally hear about. Those will be like good deeds or filling a want or filling a need. We talked about this is about entrepreneurial-ism and new business. What can you do to fill a need? What can you do to help do a good deed? What are the needs? What are the wants? In business it’s about serving others, Jesus served others business about serving others. I don’t know any business, maybe you’ll correct me, please feel free to do so. I don’t know any business that doesn’t a fill a need or a want. That’s what Jesus did.

First he met their needs, provided what they wanted, and then he was able to show them the father. Your assignment is likely to be the same, but there’s another area that doesn’t get as much focus, and that’s impacting understanding. Jesus certainly did this. I think sometimes we can do this. What would be an example, how about what you’re doing right now, marketplace ministry. For many of the world, got to be in the ninety percentile, they’re like marketplace ministry, what’s that? Why would I ever do that? It’s difficult to be a Christian in the marketplace isn’t it? It’s getting more and more difficult. It could be about teaching, it could be about revelation, it could be about deliverance.

In our business, it’s clearly one of the calls we’ve had that I’ve shared many times, and I know it’s probably your call because it was one of the primary things you just did was to bring righteousness to your industry. What’s being done in your industry right now, that is just horrible. That is hurting people, harming people, dishonest, is maybe backed by greed or selfishness. We had a recent example come in for us, is that … In fact tomorrow I’m going to fly and meet with this potential client. Part of the deal is we needed to have a disposal site to take some soils off of a property.

We deal with the company, I won’t use their name but they’re very big. The biggest. We used them many times, and we called them for a quote, got a quote, couple months go by, the job got delayed and I find out through the grapevine that they’re actually competing with me. They didn’t tell me. Not only that are they competing with me now, they’ve been competing with more for over a year, a year and a half, that I didn’t even know about. We call them, get a quote, we’d give them some information, now obviously too much information, they use that information, give it to one of the teams they’re working with and they were competing against me.

Not only that, I work for this company, I know the guy who’s leading it. I called him up, I was like hey, obviously probably don’t know what you’re doing, blah blah blah, he goes all no, all is fair in love and war, and business apparently. I said, well that’s not right. I don’t know what God’s going to do, but there’s a righteousness that needs to come into play here. We got to make sure we’re righteous in what we’re doing. You got to make sure what you’re doing is righteous. I know that’s at the top of Gods list as part of your business.

In closing then, there’s also what are we doing as far as looking at our return on investment? Here’s some questions. What are you investing? Is it time? Is it your energy? Is it studying the Bible? Is it your money? Is it your assets? Part of the deal about the festivals in the Old Testament was just God wanted to remind his people that they were not to come to him empty handed. They were always to be thankful for what they got and to bring an offering to him, to recognize him. Guess what? In the feasts, very little actually went to the priest, if you study it, it was for a party. I didn’t see that before, I just recently been studying on the feast.

It was a little bit going to the priest, but the rest of given to the foreigners and the people in need, and everyone got together, including the priests, and had a great party. Part of that mindset is, what are we offering up to God as the investment for this assignment, it’s going to requires something. Think about what it is. What’s the harvest being sought? Are we going to impact the world? Impact understanding? You know, it’s likely to be … There’s this principle of seed of the same kind. If I sow an apple seed I’m not going to grow an orange. Again, we get more topics for that, but as you think about your assignment and what harvest you’re looking for.

The other one is … What really jumped out at me is that part of the harvest is that you can have an assignment, you can do a ministry, and one time … Maybe it’s a donation to a ministry, you give them the money and that’s a one time sowing in and then you reap something back. They’re able to fulfill their mission of some kind. Is it a more powerful one? A perpetual harvesting? Maybe that’s associated with the parable of teaching, somebody to fish versus giving them the fish. In your assignment, as part of the harvest, what could you do that would be an ongoing everyday harvest?

In our business what we’re looking at is we’re updating some patents. What a great example. A patent is something that you sow into but when you get it pays and it pays and it pays and it pays and it pays. Some assignment that you have, think about, is it one time or is it perpetual? Then time frame is relevant to the assignment, we talked about that. The longer it is to be revealed, the more significant the assignment. What’s your assignment? Does it deal with righteousness? Truth? Love? Hope? One of them that is dignity. People require dignity. People desire dignity. God created us to be dignified, to have a dignity, a self fulfilling self worth.

Guess what a job does? I had a homeless person one time come up to the car and ask for money, and I don’t even know how the discussion went. Maybe it was a divine appointment actually, I think about it. She said what I need is a job, because a job gives me dignity. When you create jobs you’re giving somebody a chance of self worth and to have dignity. Again, I ask, what’s your assignment? Maybe you should start asking God to reveal your assignment. I can assure you that in this new assignment for me is that I knew what the need and the desire area was, I knew what my passion was. I just asked God, I said you got to do something God, this isn’t right, this isn’t working. What’s going on today isn’t working. What area need, what area want do you see?

We’ll close on a word of prayer. I’ll pray over that. If you desire. First of all Lord Jesus, we do thank you that you’re our model, you’re our prototype, you’re our Lord, you’re our deliverer, redeemer, all these things. Lord Jesus we just give you praise for that. As you went to the heavenly father your promises are true today, that you have even greater things in mind for those who call upon your name, who trust in you Lord. We thank you for the Holy Spirit that guides and direct each and every person here. Lord, we know through scripture that you created us with an end in mind, you had a purpose and a plan for each and every person you create. Including each and every person here, father.

As we went through these examples and teachings Lord, I just pray that you will continually speak to our hearts. I pray you would stir up in each person here, and listening that they have an assignment from you. I pray that we would desire to know what it is. That we would seek it Lord. I pray that you give us the patience that we need in order to wait for it to come into place Lord. I just pray Lord, that each and every person here, as I join the pray, Lord, there’s something that’s wrong, there’s something that’s broken. There’s something that’s not going right, there’s a need that needs to be met, there’s a want that needs, there’s dignity that needs to be established. Father, I just pray that this group here would be your solution, and that they hear your words, and they’d obey. We bless each person here now with your favor as they go forth into their job and their marketplace Lord, and call them closer to you, as the audience of one. We pray that in Jesus name.

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