You are unique, meaning even though you share many things in common with other people, you are essentially one of a kind. No one else has been given exactly the same makeup that God has given you. Your face, your fingerprints, your voice, and your genetic makeup are equivalent to no one else`s. Moreover, God has handcrafted you with your distinct set of talents and motivations, and your special purpose in life. Speaking of “purpose,” did you know that you also have a unique purpose—to be realized by only you?
Not only has God made you, but He has designed you for His special reasons. He has crafted you to fulfill a specific mission in life that you will find yourself discovering throughout your days. That`s why we have a responsibility to our Creator. God created us both to live with Him and for Him. Ultimately, we belong to Him. Therefore, our needs are to be centered around HIM.
In the book of Jonah, we find a man of God who tried to run from his purpose. We need to understand that our blessing is in our assignment. No one else can take your assignment, nor can you give it away. I know you are asking, “What about my free will? Can I tell God no?” Sure you can, but God has a way of getting what He wants. Jonah thought he had free will, but God said, “I created you for MY pleasure.”
Once you are saved, your purpose in life is to help others to be saved. Luke 15:7, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 1 Peter 4:8, “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sin.” Your blessing is in your purpose. That is the reason why God keeps waking us every day–so we can be about our Father`s Business. That’s why He puts food on our tables and gives us the desires of our hearts. He makes sure we are healthy and have some joy because He knows if we do not have these things, we will not want to complete our assignment. He knows you cannot (or won’t) do it if your needs are not being met. God will try this approach first, but if it does not work, then just like Jonah, He will allow you to go into the belly of the sea monster. He will allow you to have some dark days; some lonely days to get your attention–to get you back on track. He will put you in a place where you can only focus on Him–a place where no one can help you but God, Himself.
Are you in the belly of the sea monster? Why was Jonah there? He hated the people of Nineveh. They were mean to his family, and he did not want them to be saved. But God Loves EVERYONE. He loves the people that hurt you, the people that use you and abuse you. We, being the spoiled brats that we are, want God to dislike them; to not bless them. But what we have to understand is that God will bless you more when we become just as concerned about helping these people to get saved as we are our so-called friends. Why? Because Jesus died for us while we were His haters, and we should have the heart of God. We must not forget it is not about us and our feelings. Instead, it is about our purpose to please God. If He would leave the 99 and go after the one lost sheep, how proud would He be of us if one is saved because of us. Jonah took a ship to Tarshish, running from God. As a matter of fact, we have all run away from God at some point in our lives. Jonah got caught, then he prayed to God, “Please give me another chance,” and God did. He showed grace to Jonah just like He shows Grace to us. Then Jonah went to preach to the people he did not like, and because of his preaching, they were saved. How can they hear without a preacher? We do not need a pulpit to preach. Just tell your story, but while you’re at it, don’t leave out HIS Story–the Greatest Story ever told.
God showed grace and mercy to bad, bad Nineveh. What they deserved and what they got were two different things. They deserved judgment, but they received forgiveness. They deserved punishment, but they received mercy. They deserved the wrath of God, but they received the Grace of God. God saves the really bad folks, and it is our purpose to be available instruments for God’s Work of Salvation. What is for you is for you. Your blessings and your assignment go hand in hand. God will not accept any excuses. We cannot say, “God, I can`t because I am a sinner.” God took that one away from us when He sent His only son to die for our past, present, and future sins. “God, I cannot talk.” Like He told Moses, “Just open your mouth, and I will do the talking.” We just have to be a willing vessel. Stop running from your blessing. It is in your purpose. Revelation 22:12, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” We won’t all have the same rewards. It depends on whether you have completed your assignment.