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Volume 10, Issue 36: One Purpose, Different Assignments

I like what I gleaned on the subject of purpose while studying Rachel G. Scott's Walking in your Purpose YouVersion Bible plan. She wrote that the Google search dictionary defines the word "purpose" as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Google defines the word "assignment" as coming from the root word assign, which means to allocate (a job or duty) or to designate or set aside for a specific purpose.

As you can see from these definitions, these two words although seemingly similar are distinctly different from each other. One answers the what and the other answers the how. Purpose answers the what and assignment answers the how - Rachel G. Scott.

Our assignments are defined by our purpose. As followers of Christ, we have all been given the same purpose. Our purpose is to walk in the authority that has been given to us on earth and in heaven, and to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the reason we exist, to make His name known throughout the earth. Through spreading the message of Jesus Christ and bringing people into the knowledge of Him, we walk fully and totally in the purpose for which we have been created - Rachel G. Scott.

The purpose is clear, it is our assignment (the way in which we are each called to go about it) that differs. Rachel expounds more on assignments in her Walking in your Assignment YouVersion Bible plan. She says that assignments are defined by the purpose, and the purpose is fulfilled by the assignments. Every assignment is significant in fulfilling the purpose. All assignments that God has us on are impactful and a contribution to his greater purpose.

My key takeaway from these devotionals from Rachel G. Scott is that, just like every believer, my purpose is to make Christ known. My assignment - one of the ways I do that is with my writing. What is your assignment? What are the ways you are called to go about fulfilling THE Purpose? How are you making Christ known?


For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi



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