WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
AUGUST 9, 2020
TOPIC: FULFIL YOUR DIVINE ASSIGNMENT
BY T. O. BANSO
“And say to Archippus, ‘Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it’” (Colossians 4:17 New King James Version).
The Book of Judges focuses on the people God called to judge the nation of Israel but what is emphasized about some of them leaves one wondering whether their tenures were eventful at all. Rather than providing details about how they judged the people of Israel, the Bible gives us details about what was not related to their assignment as judges.
In Judges 10, the Bible tells us about Jair, a Gileadite, who judged Israel for twenty-two years. The Bible does not say anything about how he judged the people. I was curious to know what the man did for twenty years but I found no record in the Bible.
The Bible only says, “After Tola died, a man from Gilead named Jair judged Israel for twenty-two years. His thirty sons rode around on thirty donkeys, and they owned thirty towns in the land of Gilead, which are still called the Towns of Jair. When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon” (Judges 10:3-5 New Living Translation). Did you see that?
The only information about this judge is that he had thirty sons, who rode around thirty donkeys and owned thirty towns!
Could it be that the only significant achievement of this judge was that he had thirty sons, who flaunted their father’s wealth, driving what would be luxury cars in our contemporary world? Yet, he was in power for twenty-two years.
Did he spend his thirty-two years as a judge just having children? We don’t know how many children he had before he became a judge.
Jair was not the only one. Ibzan was also a judge in Israel. However, the only record about him in the Bible is that he had 60 children – 30 males and 30 females. He sent his 30 daughters abroad and married 30 wives for his 30 sons. Again, the Bible says nothing about the assignment God gave him as a judge in Israel.
Judges 12:8-10 says, “After Jephthah, Ibzan became Israel’s judge. He lived in Bethlehem, and he had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He married his daughters to men outside his clan and brought in thirty young women from outside his clan to marry his sons. Ibzan judged Israel for seven years. When he died, he was buried at Bethlehem” (New Living Translation).
What did he do as a judge? The Bible says nothing about it. Could it be that his tenure was not eventful? Were the seven years of his tenure wasted years or impactful? The Bible does not tell us how many of these children Ibzan had when he became a judge.
However, with sixty children, I don’t know how much impact he would have been able to make in the divine assignment given him to judge Israel! I would have loved to read how he was able to cope with sixty children and judging Israel! But the Bible is silent on his activities as a judge.
Elon was also a judge in Israel. Nothing is said about him, either good or bad, except that he led Israel for ten years. In fact, only two sentences are devoted to this man who judged for ten years.
Judges 12:11-12 says, “After him, Elon from Zebulun became Israel’s judge. He judged Israel for ten years. When he died, he was buried at Aijalon in Zebulun” (New Living Translation). I don’t know what type of life he lived that the Bible didn’t say anything significant about him. The Bible gives his tenure a total blackout!
Abdon, an Ephraimite, judged Israel for eight years. Nothing is also said concerning the assignment God gave him. The Bible only talks about what his 40 sons and 30 grandsons did. Abdon’s 40 sons and 30 grandsons rode on seventy donkeys – the luxury cars of their day. It was good he got his sons and grandsons expensive cars (donkeys), but what about God’s assignment for him?
“After Elon died, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, became Israel’s judge. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He was Israel’s judge for eight years. Then he died and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites” (Judges 12:13-15 New Living Translation).
We don’t know how many of these children Abdon had before he became a judge. Children, material possessions, etc. become vanity when destiny is not discovered, pursued, and fulfilled. A life full of things but devoid of the pursuit and fulfillment of purpose is vanity.
What is the value or worth of your life? Your valuables don’t determine your true value. Is the worth of your life in terms of material acquisition and worldly attainment? Your life is worth more than things. Paul said, “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus — the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love” (Acts 20:24 New Living Translation).
Your life is worth nothing unless you live it to fulfill the purpose for which God created you. It does not mean that you must become a pastor (though God expects everyone to be born again and win souls). There is God’s purpose for individuals and it varies from one person to the other. Therefore, discover your own and devote your entire life to fulfill it.
You’re not here on earth just to procreate. You must discover and fulfill the purpose of God for your life. Whatever purpose God has called you to fulfil, make full proof of it. Do not be slack; do not lose your focus. Having children is exciting. If you are still looking up to God for your own children, I pray that the LORD will answer your prayer this season. You will soon become a joyful parent.
However, every parent must go beyond having children and subdue and have dominion (Genesis 1:28). Do not live just to give birth to children; live to fulfil your divine purpose. That does not mean you should neglect your family.
There is more to you than being a husband or a wife, or a father or a mother. Your children will leave you one day to go and start their own families. I pray that you will not fail your family. I also pray you’ll live a meaningful and impactful life. You will live a life of significance in Jesus’ name.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth” (Mark 1:38 New King James Version). Take note of that phrase: for this purpose, I have come forth. He knew the purpose for which He came to the earth and would not allow any distraction or delay.
It’s important for you to know your purpose and commit yourself to fulfil it. This is not limited to the gospel ministry. God is the Source and Originator of the destiny of everyone. Therefore, if you haven’t discovered your purpose in life, pray, and enquire from God.
Prayerfully discover what God has called you to do and fulfill it. Paul told Timothy: “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5 New King James Version).
In Colossians 4:17, Paul gave a similar counsel to Archippus, his fellow soldier (Philemon 2), who held an official position in the church at Colosse: “And say to Archippus, ‘Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it’” (Colossians 4:17 New King James Version). Fulfil your divine assignment.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to discover, pursue, and fulfil my divine assignment. I shall not lose focus in life; I shall not abandon Your purpose for my life.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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