This question may be a difficult one for many of us to answer correctly. But it is a question whose answer determines one’s life here on earth and thereafter. This question presupposes that there is a peculiar assignment for you. There is a contribution God created you to make on earth. You are designed to make a difference with your life. This is actually the purpose for your creation.
Knowing your assignment simplifies your life. It makes you to know what to do and what not to do. You cannot be a jack of all trades. Instead, you evaluate which activities are essential and which ones are not. You have a basis for the allocation of your time and other resources. People who do not know their assignments may be doing the wrong things and even trying to do too many things resulting in confusion, conflict, lack of progress, stress and fatigue.
You were created to do good works. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The good works are your service. Whenever you serve others, you are actually serving God and fulfilling your purpose (Colossians 3:23).
You are expected to perform a special assignment. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nation.” God had already planned something specific you would do for Him before you were born. That is why each person is an original and not a copy.
No two individuals have the same fingerprints. You can never fill another person’s gap neither can anyone fill your own. You are a unique individual. This is enough to make you know how important or valuable you are.
You have been saved to serve God. 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV) says, “Who has saved us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” You are not saved by your work or service but are saved for service. You have a function to perform because you are saved. Luke 1:74 (NKJV) says, “To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear.” Our services start counting to God when we are saved.
A saved person is one that wants to serve others. Desire to serve is an evidence that you’re truly saved. In Mark 10:45 (NLT), Jesus says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many.” Every Christian is called to service. Your salvation incorporates call to service. Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service.
There are many Christians who are not willing to serve in their churches and fellowships. They attend as observers and do not want to be involved in any type of service, societies, meetings or contribution. They cannot have the desire to serve if they are not saved.
We are blessed to bless others. We are meant to be a channel or vessel for others. The corollary is that if you are not blessed you cannot bless others. You cannot give what you do not have.
Do not be like the Dead Sea which receives but does not give out water. It is therefore dead. No living thing survives there. It is actually called the Dead Sea because it accumulates so much salt that there is no life or fish in it.
God has given you special gifts, talents and abilities to carry out your assignment successfully. Both talents and spiritual gifts are given to benefit others and for the glory of God. However, spiritual gifts are specifically for special spiritual tasks, while talents can be used entirely for non-spiritual purposes.
Talents possessed by believers ought to be surrendered and consecrated to the Lord and used for His honour and glory. For example, a talented singer may use his or her voice to sing for the Lord. God also makes the necessary provisions for you to deploy your talents. That is why such gifts must be put into use.
Unfortunately, some people do not develop their gifts and therefore cannot do what God had planned for them. They die without fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives.