Imagine growing up in Palestine, the son of one of the founders of Hamas, violently opposed to Israel and being taught hatred as a way of life. This was Mosab Hassan Yousef’s experience. Captured by Israelis at 18, he was beaten and imprisoned sparking a more intense hatred. Later the Israelis approached him about being one of their agents, to assist the Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet.
Moseb initially agreed, only because he thought it would offer an opportunity to be a double agent and get revenge on the Israelis. However, as a member of their team, he was confronted with truth. He saw his Shin Bet handler be kind and gracious, allowing him time to pray, being sure he had everything he needed. And when they planned operations, the Israelis were very careful not to harm civilians. This look behind the scenes shocked Moseb.
He began to ask hard questions of his own faith, and pursue a relationship with God. After a six-year search, he became a believer in Jesus Christ. He also became one of Israel’s greatest assets in their conflict with Hamas. This assignment cost him everything. He is obviously estranged from his family, and no longer a respected member of his community. He is also walking in truth, and following his Savior, regardless of the circumstances.
Like Moseb, Paul was a respected member of his community, trained and educated in his faith from early childhood. Paul was a disciple of the well-respected Gamaliel, and was a passionate Pharisee; working diligently to stamp out what he knew was a heretical uprising within his faith. And just like Moseb, Paul was confronted with the truth on the road to Damascus. Once blinded, and facing Jesus, Paul abandoned all the things he had worked hard to attain. He was given an assignment, and he gave his life to the assignment.
“My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” – Acts 20:24
What about us? What assignment has been given to us? Do you sense a purpose so great you’ve given or will give your life to pursue it?
As believers, we all follow Christ’s example to love our Father and love others. We’re commanded to go into the entire world, the world close at hand, and around the world, to share His love with others.
Reading about Moseb and Paul, I wonder, do we sense a specific assignment from Him so deeply, that we would let everything else go to pursue His work? Often, we’re unsure of our assignments, but we can be confident if we pray it over, feel a deep sense of conviction and it’s consistent with Scripture, we’re on the right path.
If Christ, in His last moment with His followers, sent them out on assignment, surely He has an assignment for each of His followers. It may be a neighbor, a family member, or someone we continually run into. It may be a cause of justice we cannot shake.
Regardless, I want to spend myself on His assignment. If I spend myself on anything less, I fear I will look back and regret my efforts. If we’re not sure, surely His purpose for each one of us is worth our prayer and consideration until we are resolved in His purpose for us.
“Oh, to be as intent on this high quest as the man of science to discover nature’s secrets; as the businessman to make a fortune; as the brave explorer to extort the secret from the Polar Seas!” – F B Meyer