As we enter the month of February and reflect on the blessings in our lives, we have so much to be thankful for! Our Heavenly Father has created and called each of us according to Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works that He has prepared in advance for us.” This verse tells us that we are each a unique creation, His masterpiece on assignment for Kingdom influence. As followers of Jesus, our desire is to use our influence and platform to positively affect our world and this begins with an understanding of our unique purpose.
Our Unique Purpose
Our Heavenly Father created us uniquely and as modern science has validated, no two people share the same DNA, fingerprints, and many other distinguishing characteristics. Of all the people throughout history and the over seven billion people currently on the earth, no two are alike. This fact alone should cause us to celebrate who we were created to be, and explore the unique purpose for which we were created.
When we understand our purpose and operate in the unique gifts, talent, and resources we were blessed with, our confidence and influence are increased. We embrace the fact that each of us are masterpieces that are unconditionally loved and accepted by our Heavenly Father to fulfill our unique assignment on earth.
Our Unique Assignments
Each of us have assignments and good works that God has planned and prepared for us. The Bible talks about God’s plans in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” This is an encouraging word and is realized as we apply the next verses, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13). Engaging our assignments is not a passive process, but involves knowing His Word, communication through prayer, and an active pursuit of seeking His will.
When we align with the plans and purpose our Heavenly Father has created us for and engage with the assignment He has prepared us for, we operate in the sweet spot of life. This is not always an easy place to operate, since there are seasons of trials, growth, pruning, and desert experiences that take us outside of our comfort zones. However, these seasons are necessary to experience the fullness of life He has prepared for us. I have a good friend that once said, “I have been heavily processed to prepare me for the Kingdom work that God created me for.”
Using Our Influence and Platform
The journey to realize and answer our call looks different for each of us. But, no matter what, wherever we are called to serve, we are to have a positive influence. There are seven areas of societal influence that have been referred to as the seven mountains, which include family, religion, business, education, government, arts & entertainment, and media. We are all called to operate in positions of influence regardless of which mountain of society we operate in. Exercising influence looks like this: “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Imagine what can happen when we as Christians realize God’s purpose, assignments, and use our platforms to impact all areas of society. Imagine what understanding these principles and applying them in our lives can mean. Positive impact on the world around us becomes infinite when we work with others in the Christian community to be change agents for His glory. This is the vision and passion of C3 as we walk out our faith in each mountain of influence we are called to climb.
Join me as we use our influence and platform in 2020 to walk out the C3 vision, “connect Christians to transform communities.” As business, alliance, church, and individual leaders in the Christian community work together to accomplish this, we will fulfill Jesus last prayer in John 17:23, “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at email@example.com.