Each Person's Work

Each Person's Work

01 August 2009


John replied, “God in heaven appoints each person’s work." (John 3:27 NLT)

Today I was really captured by John’s simple statement of faith concerning purpose and destiny, “God in heaven appoints each person’s work.”

The Bible doesn’t record many of John The Baptist’s words. He began his ministry at about age 30 and less than a year later he was dead. We often hear his declaration that Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. We hear of his question from a prison cell about whether Jesus really is the Messiah. And we hear the words he spoke in John 3:30, “He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.”

John really believed that. He believed that if the crowds were leaving him to follow Jesus it was not only acceptable, it was the way God intended it to be. No competition, no personal ambition, no anxiety over the crowd count, just a simple and solid confidence that “God in heaven appoints each person’s work.”

God has appointed my work. Whether it is my season to increase or my season to decrease. Whether it is my season to be visible or my season to be in the background supporting the work of others. Whether it is an easy season or a tough season. God has appointed my work.

I must seek to know that I am doing the work God has appointed me to do in this season. I must do that work with all my might. And I can be confident that “God has appointed each person’s work – including mine.”

Will you be brave enough to ask with me today, “Father, what is my appointed work for this season of my life?”


Father, thank you for the privilege of purposeful living. Thank you that you have called and chosen me to serve you. Thank you that in serving you I have purpose for my life. And thank you for the assurance that you have appointed a specific work for me to do in each season of my life. Help me to do that appointed work well.

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