What in the World is My Assignment?
(How to apply scripture to my life)
He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:27-28 NIV)
“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ (Matthew 20:8 NIV)
and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:27-28 NIV)
(Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV)
When I am applying scripture, I try to answer two questions:
1. So what?
2. What is the timeless principle?
What happens when we misapply scripture?
The people there [Samaritan village] did not welcome [Jesus], because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. (Luke 9:53-55 NIV)
Where did they get that idea?
Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!” (1 Kings 18:38-39 NIV)
If someone has a son who is stubborn, who turns against his father and mother and doesn’t obey them or listen when they correct him, his parents must take him to the elders at the city gate. They will say to the elders, “Our son is stubborn and turns against us. He will not obey us. He eats too much, and he is always drunk.” Then all the men in his town must throw stones at him until he dies. Get rid of the evil among you…(Deuteronomy 18:18-21 NCV)
Old Testament lens: The law of sin and death (rules, punishment)
New Testament lens: The law of the Spirit and life (grace, mercy, love)
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 NIV)
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them… You have heard that it was said… (Matthew 5:17, 21 NIV)
Another great example is the woman caught in adultery in John 8
How God has spoken to me through his word about my life assignment
Joseph – Genesis 41:33-43 NIV (I’ve had this word spoken over me a lot)
The river flowing from the temple – Ezekiel 47:1-12 (prophetic, not “obvious”)
Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10 NIV (this passage speaks to my heart, every time)
The woman at the well – John 4:1-42 (Jesus valued everyone)
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6 NIV)