An Unusual Assignment

Scripture: Matthew 10.

(Key verses)

Matthew 10:1 (NLT)

1 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.

Matthew 10:5-6 (NLT)

5 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans,

6 but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep.

(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

I believe that way too often we are attracted to a job that we feel suits our abilities and our likes and dislikes, then we ask God to bless us as we try to accomplish it. In the case of His disciples Jesus chose them, called them together, gave them the necessary authority to do the job He had planned for them, then gave them their assignment. Several things are unusual about all of this, but the take away that I received from this is that God did the calling, He did the empowering and then He did the assigning. Therefore I believe that anytime we feel like we are fighting to accomplish Kingdom work, or hitting a brick wall with the work, we need to back up and make sure that the three steps mentioned were clear prior to our efforts to do the work, and that we didn’t get ahead of God trying to accomplish our work for God. To accomplish God’s work, we need to make sure that He was the one who called us to do the work, and that He endowed us with His power and blessing to accomplish the work for Him, and not for any credit to ourselves. Our blessings come from the mere fact that God would choose us, so unworthy and incapable of anything miraculous, to be instruments that He could use to complete His work here on this earth. What an awesome God that we serve!

(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord, I pray that today and every day will find me deep into your Word. I pray that I will be very attuned to the work You have aligned for me, so that Your Holy Spirit will have the freedom and liberty to accomplish the work You have prepared for me. May You receive honor and glory from everything that I do today. Please use me as You need me today, and also bless those who may read this and have a desire to serve You. May Your will be accomplished through Your children today as You design!

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:

Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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