Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
When God Gives You an Assignment
Everybody was created with a special assignment. That assignment came from God. Therefore, God has equipped all people with their own gifts, talents, characteristics, likes and dislikes to do what they were born to do (1 Peter 4:10). That's why some people are comfortable being teachers, doctors, lawyers, pilots, or accountants. They are anointed to be in those positions.
God has put special ingredients in each person to perform the sacred assignments He has been assigned to do. Those people do what they do with confidence and ease while someone else may struggle with that same assignment.
You have probably noticed that some people do their job without complaining. They enjoy doing it because they have been anointed to do it.
Your assignment will always be paralleled to your character and personality.
If you take on an assignment that God has not anointed you to take, you will have no power to do it. That's why you usually fall flat on your face.
When God gives an anointed assignment, He also gives the tools to carry out that assignment.
Anointed Assignments, Sacred Assignments, Divine Appointments, and Sacred Contracts
There are several names and they all mean just about the same thing.
- Anointed Assignments
- Sacred Assignments
- Divine Appointments
- Sacred Contracts
Anointed assignments are the same as sacred assignments. Carolyn Myss calls them sacred contracts in her 2003 book Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.
No matter what you call them, they come from God and not from man. Because they come from God, they come with the power to perform them.
The fallacy about anointed or sacred assignments is that some people don't work on their own assignments. Instead, they want to do what others are doing for which they have no power to do. You cannot force assignments that are not meant for you.
Remember, since Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith, He is not obligated to finish anything He did not start. (Hebrews 12:2)
How to Know You Are on an Anointed Assignment
There are ways to determine if you are on the right track and doing what you were created to do. Look through the following characteristics and take inventory of what you do and how it is working for you.
If you have an anointed assignment, you will be able to answer "Yes" to all or most of the following questions.
- Do you look forward to doing your assignment?
- Do you do your assignment without murmuring and complaining?
- Do you show enthusiasm and excitement while performing your task?
- Do you thank God for what you do?
- Do you often take the initiative and go the extra mile?
- Would you do what you do without any pay or other compensation?
If you couldn't answer "yes" to the above questions, perhaps you are in the wrong position and what you are doing is not your anointed assignment. Take inventory and access what you are doing. Unless you do the assignment God created you to do, you will never be complete.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17
One Big Assignment
God is such an orderly God that He has categorized and organized the assignments He has given you. For instance, everyone has one big assignment, and smaller assignments come under that big umbrella.
My big assignment is to teach. What I teach and where I teach come under that heading. I have smaller assignments within my major assignment, but they all relate to teaching in some way.
Sacred Assignments Come from God
We agreed with God about our assignments before we are born. Then we came to earth and forgot about the conversation we had with Him. Jeremiah 1:5 says, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Like Jeremiah, we can say something similar.
God will make provisions for you while you are completing your assignment. When He is ready for you to move on, He will dry up your provisions and send you elsewhere. God’s provisions are guaranteed only where He sends you at a particular time. When God wanted Elijah to move on to another assignment, He dried up the brook where the prophet was fed by ravens, according to 1 Kings 17:6-10.
Individual assignments are always set by God. Give God thanks for your assignment no matter what it is or how challenging it may seem to be.
A delayed assignment is a disobedience. Doing part of an assignment is disobedience. Let there be an urgency about your God-given assignment.
Your assignments will not be hard to find. There is no need to look for them. God knows where you are.
Pay attention because opportunities and resources for your sacred assignments are all around you. So, look at everything as part of your assignment. People and resources will gravitate toward you.
If you would look back over your life, you will see that all of your jobs were connected in some way. Whether you stayed on a job for 10 months or 10 years, it was valuable time to bring you to where you are today.
All your lifetime assignments are connected in some way with the bigger assignment as the springboard.
Provisions for Assignments
Assignments come with provisions. God has provided for your assignment. Assignments, when accompanied by the word of God, are always productive.
No assignment outside of obedience is effective.
Expect mighty results accompanying God-given assignments.
People Can Be Your Assignment
When people think about assignments, they think about doing something as a project. Do you know that people can also be your assignment?
Again, think back over your life and take inventory of the people who have been in your life. God places some people in your life for a short time, and He also removes them from your life after your assignment with them is over. That's because some assignments are temporary and some are long-term. When you try to hold onto people that God wants out of your life, neither one of you will be fruitful.
Everybody is somebody's assignment. While someone has been assigned to you, you have also been assigned to someone else. While you have been assigned to help others, you are helped in the process.
They Have Expiration Dates
A person has multiple assignments in his lifetime, and they all have a common thread. You have a least one personal assignment going on at all times under your major assignment. You will always be involved in an assignment of some kind.
We are never without an assignment. Make a smooth transition from one assignment to another. We are either going to an assignment, in an assignment or finishing an assignment.
Assignments have expiration dates and windows of opportunities. Know when your assignment is at its peak time to be performed. Know when God is most present in your life. Don't miss those times.
Completing an Assignment
Your preparation in the past is enabling you to complete your current assignment. What you are learning now is in preparation for future assignments.
No one can complete your assignment for you. When you fail to complete your assignment, it is left undone.
You will never be sent on an assignment you cannot complete. Until you complete your assigned tasks, no other will be given to you.
You will have to give up something to complete your assignment. Moses had to give up tending sheep to go on the assignment God gave him to deliver the slaves out of Egypt.
Attempting to complete an assignment that is not of God will be like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. It just cannot be done.
Your assignments will not be over until God calls you home. Your final assignment will be connected to your initial assignment. Joseph's dreams in Genesis 37-50 were what got him in trouble initially with his brother. His dreams are what got him out of trouble and he was rewarded by Pharaoh.
Some assignments are immediate and some assignments are long-term. Abraham had to wait 25 years for his assignment. Jacob had to work for 14 years for Rachel, his wife.
You might think your assignment is limited to one person, but it will eventually affect a whole group or nation. Moses worked alone until he delivered millions of Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. His assignment was not just for him.
You might be called from one assignment to complete a lesser assignment. In those cases, get back to your major assignment quickly. Philip was assigned to explain the scriptures to the Ethiopian eunuch. As soon as he had completed that task, he immediately went his way to another assignment.
In the natural, you might not believe an assignment can be completed until you see it in the spirit first. Keep in mind that if you give up and do not complete your assignment, three things happen:
- The people you have been assigned to help become helpless.
- You don't get the benefits of helping others.
- You are going against God's plans for you.
Complete all your assignments so God can move you on to something else.
There are bound to be hardships in your assignment. Your assignments will not always be easy. At times, you will have to deal with difficult assignments that test your faith.
Your assignment will always prove worthwhile. It might not be revealed to you as an assignment until it has been completed. Obstacles in your way, including difficult people, will strengthen you if you faint not. You will have to deal with difficult people in your assignment.
Your assignments will be what you least expected. Your assignment will take you to places you hadn't planned to go. Your assignment will take you to people you don't even know.
There is usually a storm before you embark upon an assignment. Enemies will try to block your progress, but they will never succeed.
Roadblocks, Road Signs and Cross Roads
There might be roadblocks to your assignments. In those cases, take detours.
There will always be road signs on your assignments letting you know you are on the right path. Watch the signs along the way pointing you in the direction you should take.
There are also crossroads where you might reach a fork in the road and you don't know which way to go.
People might try to influence you; however, only God knows what’s best for you and those involved in your assignment. When people try to keep you from completing your assignment, they will be cursed for attempting to stop or delay you from your destiny.
Refuse to abandon your assignment no matter what and no matter how long it takes. Read how Nehemiah's enemies tried unsuccessfully to get him to come down off the wall. Nehemiah was on to their evil plots and told them, "I am going a great work and I will not come down off the wall" (Nehemiah 6:3).
Sometimes your assignment will be the path less traveled because no one has done it before. And no one might ever have to do it again. It is your personalized assignment.
You Work Your Way Up
Be open to assignments because you already have the tools for your assignment. God told Moses he had everything he needed to carry out his assignment. God told him to stretch out his hand many times in the book of Exodus. In Moses' hand was the same staff that he had used to tend the sheep. You, too, have exactly what you need in your hand.
Payment is rarely available for your assignment in the same form as it was done. Joseph was put second in command of all of Egypt after having been a slave there for 13 years. Joseph thought he would never be paid, but he was rewarded with more than he could imagine (Genesis 37-50).
Assignments are on a graduate level. David killed a bear and lion before his assignment took him to kill Goliath.
You will know when an assignment is yours when you see how easy it can be when others can't. David's brothers couldn't do what David did alone. That's before David was anointed for the assignment, and the brothers weren't.
Steve W on October 20, 2019:
This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear. EXACTLY. I lost my job 6 weeks ago and I have been fervently seeking the Lord for my next assignment. When you are unemployed the enemy is always right there whispering doubt and fear into your thoughts. "Did God say?" or "IF God was really in control of your life then why..?". But God IS IN CONTROL which is why I lost my last job even though I am a diligent, responsible, hard worker - something even my manager acknowledged. That assignment came to an end and it was time to move on. Your post has tied up a lot of loose ends for me; i.e. the many nuggets of wisdom you shared are all things I've known for the 39 years I've followed the Lord but your post neatly bundles them all together. Sometimes life seems terribly disconnected, especially when you've had a lot of difficulty in the natural regarding your career path. But many of the patriarch's lives looked that way until they fulfilled their main assignment. Per what you shared in this post, all of the sub assignments that seem little and unconnected are still very important because as it was with the Patriarchs, they contributed to the greater, overall assignment God had for their lives. It may not have been evident until they reached the fulfillment of their main assignment but they were all important none the less. Habakkuk 2:1-2
"I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
“Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith"
Felicia Brown on August 27, 2019:
I was lead to your post in my study time, thank God cause it truly blessed me and answered/ gave clarity to so much I’ve been experiencing. Thank you and may God continue to bless you
Tasha on March 20, 2019:
kent on February 13, 2019:
tnk u maam god bless and glory to god
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 29, 2018:
Thanks, Brenda, for your kind remark. Yes, I have been teaching most of my life. Sometimes God gives us something to do to help others and honor Him at the same time. I am blessed to be able to do both.
Eric in Spring Valley, CA, I am glad you like my article, "Anointed Assignments." Thanks for reading and adding to it with your remark. :)
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 29, 2018:
I like this. It fits in well with our notion of human resistance to creativity. It may be a narrow path but life is good when we are on it.
Brenda Smith on March 29, 2018:
Awesome and anointed message. You are anointed to teach! Blessings