Assignment: a specific task or amount of work assigned or undertaken as if assigned by authority
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
God gives each of us an assignment while we’re on Earth. Some people’s assignments seem small by the world’s standards. Other assignments involve fame, fortune, and a multitude of people. The people who are given these assignments usually receive accolades from the Christian community and are considered blessed and favored of God.
But that isn’t necessarily true. God requires each of us to carry out the task He has assigned to us. What seems large in the world sometimes is small in the Kingdom of God. What is large in the Kingdom of God may seem small to the world. The prophet Jeremiah didn’t have one convert throughout his lifetime, yet He obeyed God.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Our most important task is to obey God and to serve Him by doing whatever He tells us to do. Success in the Kingdom of God is not measured by results. Success is measured by obedience. One sows, another plants, another reaps. The one who reaps looks like he is a success, but he wouldn’t have been able to reap unless somebody had first plowed hard ground, and someone else had sown the seed. Still others have cared for the seed and watered it.
1 Corinthians 3:7-9 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Children’s ministry is often thought of as a thankless and unimportant ministry. Even though people give lip service to it, they don’t support it with time or resources. But children’s ministry is one of the most important assignments in the Kingdom of God.
But even in children’s ministry, there’s a mindset that the bigger ministry is better and the smaller ministry is unimportant. But if the children’s pastor with the smaller ministry is obeying God by plowing hard ground or sowing seed, it will reap a great harvest in those children’s lives. The large ministry may get the praise and be considered blessed, but if the children’s pastor of a large church is just creating programs and excitement to get a large number of children to attend and not obeying God by discipling the children, that large ministry might be considered small or ineffective by God economy.
Mark 10:31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
Big ministries have become sought after in some people’s lives because, instead of obeying God no matter what the results, they concentrate on having a ministry that promotes them and looks good on the outside. This makes children’s ministry an idol. Our love and obedience to God and carrying out His assignment needs to take first place in our lives.
Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”