A Theology of Assignment
Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood who touched His garment, “Your faith has make you whole.” (Matthew 9:22) He used the same phrase with the blind beggar and the ten lepers. His healing was more than physical; it was a spiritual healing as well, as she is told to “go in peace” (Mark 5:34). “Go in peace” was the assignment Jesus gave to the woman.
In the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery, only those who were without sin were given permission to condemn her. None did. She was given an assignment to lose harmful habits and be productive.
To the woman at the well, the discussion centered around her life-style. She encountered the Source—Living Water—and apparently believed at the compelling evidence that Jesus was the Messiah. Without further prompting she took on the assignment to tell others about Jesus. (John 4:29)
As the crowd was coming Jesus stopped to give an assignment to His disciples, to the audience, and to us, “But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.” (John 4:35)
So often even Christ-followers do not take on the assignment to run with perseverance and finish well. A good way to discover how you might proactively engage in His assignment for you, is to login and complete a profile at missionnext.org
Nelson Malwitz, Founder MissionNext
Nelson was raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana in college. A Chemical Engineer worked in R&D positions 33 years. with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) in what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves on the Board. He has been in 45 countries to work with leaders of leaders and see multiple cultures first hand.