As we enter the month of November and reflect on the blessings in our lives, we have so much to be thankful for! Our Heavenly Father has created and called each of us.
“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works
that He has prepared in advance for us.”
This verse tells us that we are each a unique creation, His masterpiece on assignment for Kingdom influence. This sounds important, but what does this really mean?
Created With Purpose
Some of us may have been raised by fathers that were not the best role models or were absent from our lives altogether. These circumstances can make it difficult to understand and embrace unconditional love and acceptance from our Heavenly Father. Yet, however we were raised, embracing the fact that we are powerful beings, masterpieces created by our Heavenly Father is essential to fulfilling our unique assignment on earth.
Answering God’s Call
Each of us have assignments and good works that God has planned and prepared for us. The Bible talks about God’s plans
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
This is an encouraging word and is realized as we apply the next verses,
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”
Engaging our assignments is not a passive process, but involves knowing His Word, communication through prayer and an active pursuit of seeking His will.
When we align with the plans and purpose our Heavenly Father has created us for and engage with the assignment He has prepared us for, we operate in the sweet spot of life. This is not always an easy place to operate, since there are seasons of trials, growth, pruning, and desert experiences that take us outside of our comfort zones. However, these seasons are necessary to experience the fullness of life He has prepared for us. I have a good friend that once said, “I have been heavily processed to prepare me for the Kingdom work that God created me for.”
The journey to realize and answer our call looks different for each of us. But, no matter what, wherever we are called to serve, we are to have a positive influence. There are seven areas of societal influence that have been referred to as the seven mountains, which include family, religion, business, education, government, arts & entertainment, and media. We are all called to operate in positions of influence regardless of which mountain of society we operate in. Exercising influence looks like this:
“Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven”
Imagine what can happen when we as Christians realize God’s purpose for us, answer His call, and start impacting all areas of society. Imagine what understanding these principles and applying them in our lives can mean. Positive impact on the world around us becomes infinite when we work with others in the Christian community to be change agents for His glory.
This is the vision and passion of C3 as we walk out our faith in each mountain of influence we are called to climb.
Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at jjordan@Stravicom.com.