John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The life of Jesus was a witness to this world that He was sent by our Heavenly Father. Not only did His life witness this connection but also the works He was assigned by the Father to do. He was here on assignment. We are here on assignment too for the specific work God has Divinely designed us for. It is the calling, will, and work of God for our life. Its’ accomplishment is enabled and empowered by the grace of God 1 Corinthians 15:10. It includes the grace we share in common with others (Ephesians 4:7) but also the uncommon grace we carry or our distinction from others (the gifts that make us different Romans 12:6).
We are usually valued and rewarded for our difference from others, not our sameness. Fulfilling our purpose is what makes us standout, stand above the crowd, and be noticed. Until we know our assignment no one will be pursuing us for the solutions God put in us. We will, more than likely, also live undervalued and unrewarded.
Sometimes bad things can happen to good people but knowing one’s purpose helps us make sense of it all. We can face storms due to being caught in the decisions from other people’s will. The Apostle Paul faced a storm such as this while aboard a ship whose captain wouldn’t heed the warnings about dangerous sailing where they were headed. In the midst of the storm the Apostle Paul had a conversation with God about his assignment (Acts 27:21-26) and it helped him get through the storm, shipwreck, and once on land a snake bite (Acts 28). It is also true that a lot of our warfare (the enemy’s resistance, hindrances, attacks, and obstacles) is related to our assignment (2 Corinthians 11:23-30).