The most audacious goal is a changed heart!
Your spiritual gift and your Kingdom Assignment is always for others—your tribe—to edify or build them up to be more like Christ. And - don’t be shocked - your goal is not to make people happy or comfy.
I call this element of your Kingdom Assignment your Mountain to Claim. You need to know
What THE Mountain is
What YOUR Mountain is
How you take your Mountain
Caleb was one of the original twelve recon men who were sent into Caanan to check it out. Though he wanted to go ahead and take the land, he was outvoted and found himself wandering with the rest of the Hebrew people for forty years. When old Caleb finally entered the promised land, he remembered God’s promise to give him the land where his foot trod, and he said,
“Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day.” (Joshua 14:12)
What boldness! What confidence in the Lord! I look forward to shaking Caleb’s hand in Heaven one day. Anyway, Caleb didn’t take the whole promised land, just the one piece of hill country, his portion of conquest.
The Mountain for you is your portion of the Great Commission—taking back people for God’s Kingdom and training them to be disciples of Jesus. You are to use your design to release God’s nature to the tribe of people to whom you have been sent, to effect change in their lives.
To figure out your specific mountain to claim, ask yourself, “What change does God want to see happen in my tribe’s hearts through my service to them?” This change will happen in their desires, their beliefs, their intentions and their emotions. What does God want them to feel, to know, and to do that will bring them more in line with God’s heart?
My Mountain, for example, is for you who are reading these blogs to understand and step into your identity and Kingdom Assignment. The change (mountain) I’m claiming is to knowledge and commitment. I’m trying to prune other things out of my life so that I can laser focus on claiming my Mountain for you.
Taking Your Mountain
Do not panic. Claiming and taking a mountain is no easy feat. In fact it’s impossible in our own strength, because who can change a heart but God? But you and I need to think like Caleb thought. Joshua 14:12-14 continue his story:
“It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because
he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.”
This is why Jesus made a point of saying at the end of the Great Commission, “Lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” He works through us. We are powered by prayer. How cool is that?
So claim your mountain! Serve your tribe! Set an audacious goal for them to grow in Christlikeness through what you do for them.
To learn more you can find a copy of my book “The Four Elements of Your Kingdom Assignment: How to Discover Your Place in God’s Eternal Purpose” here.