When I was in school as a child, a certain Mrs. Clapp would speak to me about the value of assignments. At first she would hand out papers and say “this is your assignment”. People would moan as they dutifully passed the papers back down the row. Assignment. She would talk of the responsibility attached to the assignment.
1. a task or piece of work assigned to someone as part of a job or course of study, project, homework; the allocation of a job or task to someone; the task or post to which one has been appointed.
2. the attribution of someone or something as belonging.
3. an act of making a legal transfer of a right, property, or liability.a document effecting the legal transfer of a right or property.
So there you have it-Assignment.
There are two parts in the kingdom I think we need to be concerned with. The first is the task or the job. Better said from a Biblical perspective would be your function. How do you function? (For me, I function as a prophetic grace or gift as defined in Ephesians 4:11. I have other friends who function apostolically or as teachers or evangelists. That is their function or God given assignment.) Another function might be in the area of music or the arts. Perhaps as an engineer.
But even within those assigned places or positions, there is another assignment or assignments going forward. You or I may be called to a geographic area or an area of life as a “term” of our assignment.
I am often asked “what is my assignment?” In school our assignments prepared us for “maturity” but I would say in the kingdom our maturity empowers our role or our assignment. Learn that each day you have an assignment. Each day there will fall a task. Each day you will see your function receives opportunity.
And what you or I do with the assignments(tasks) often determine the assignment(function) we operate in as we carry it out in the overall “big picture” assignment.
There is one more part from the early definition and that is the assignment that speaks of legal transfer. On the cross some 2,000 years ago, Jesus who had been prepared(or assigned)for the task(His assignment.) on the cross took on a legal transfer(assignment) to set humanity free for those who embrace the condition. “Believe.” In that transfer, that great exchange not only did He die for you and I but He died AS you and I. His life given for ours that we might never have to toil or task as had been implemented in the garden.
Today you and I have an assignment because He fulfilled the conditions of His assignment.