You have a destiny, one that only you can complete. The Bible says, “All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old” (Psalm 139:16).
So many people go through life unhappy with their careers, unhappy with their relationships, unhappy with their lifestyles.
Many discover the reality that material success and prosperity does not always bring fulfilment in life. Jesus spoke about this when he said: “For what will it profit a man if he gained the whole world, and loses his soul?” (Mark 8.36).
Now Jesus was not trying to knock our efforts to make our lives successful and prosperous. He was merely pointing out what the priority ought to be in our lives, no matter what we get ourselves involved in. Jesus is saying, “Let God always be first in your life and in all your endeavours.”
Of course, many people would suggest that life in merely an act of fate, or the result of chance. They would even suggest that you or I have no control over the course of our lives or the outcome of it.
The truth is: you have the choice and responsibility for every outcome in your life. Proverbs 16.9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
The Bible teaches that you are expected to plan the course of your life. You are supposed to know where, ultimately, your life will lead to. But the Bible also teaches that in carrying out your life-plan, you must allow room for God to be involved in it.
Unfortunately, in the case of the majority of people, including Christians, you will find their life is in either of two situations:
1) People have a clear destination in mind for their lives, but they do not plan the course or path to get there.
2) People plan the course or path for their lives, and they might be very thorough as to what they need to do, but they have the wrong destination in mind.
If you are a believer in Christ, you might have a clear picture in your mind of spending eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ, after you depart this life on earth.
But you are not investing quality time in planning how you are going to get there. Maybe, your current plan is to read the Bible when you feel like it, a bit of prayer and devotion here and there, go to church on Sundays when it’s convenient, and throw in a couple of overseas Christian conferences to boot. And you wonder why you are struggling in your spiritual journey?
On the other hand, you could have your course in life so well planned: to have a successful career, or to be successful in business, or to marry the spouse of your dream and raise a great family, or if you are a student, to get high grades in school and eventually gain high academic achievements.
But the planning and the efforts to reach your life goals, is more important than the desired destination, and too often, our life goals become our destination/s. Sure, you will appear successful by world standards, but you end up being dissatisfied with life because your spiritual journey is not what it should be.
If you find your life is in either of the above situations: you have not been planning your course in life, or the planning and effort has become more important than your desired destination, I want you to know that you are headed in the wrong direction.
Your life will end up in disappointment and unfulfilled, because you have missed out on what God has purposed for your life.
Ecclesiastes 12.1 in the Old Testament says, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.”
The Word of God tells us that God has a purpose and a destiny for every one of our lives. Your knowledge or lack of knowledge concerning this truth does not alter the fact that God has a purpose and a destiny for your life. So how can I discover and fulfil my God-given destiny? How do I get started? There are three things I need to know:
1. Know that I have a God-given destiny.
2.Know that my destiny can be life-changing.
3.Know that my destiny keeps me motivated.
Before I cover each of these points, allow me to give you a definition of “destiny.” Destiny is defined as, “A course or path in life, that includes both the God-given destination you are seeking at life’s end, and your own faith-filled journey toward that destination.” (Cassey Treat).
I believe this definition appropriately does away with the view that life is merely an act of fate or the result of chance, or that we have no control over the outcomes of our lives.
While our destiny is predestined by God, we have a significant role to play, a faith-filled role which we have to perform on a daily basis as we move towards that destiny. Now, let us look at the first point.
I need to know that I have a God-given destiny. Your knowledge or lack of it concerning this truth, does not alter the fact that God has a purpose and destiny for your life.
The Bible says in Ephesians 1.4-5, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Note some important lessons here:
First, God chose me before the foundation of the world.
Before God created the earth, before you were conceived in your mother’s womb, even before your mom and dad were born, God already knew you and He established a plan and a destiny for your life. The Book of Psalms139.16 says, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
Doesn’t that tell you that God knows every day and everything about your life, that He is not going to be surprised by whatever choice or decision you make in life? He is not surprised by the mistakes or poor decisions you make: He took all those into account when He planned your destiny.
Second, God purposed that I am to be holy and without blame in Him.
My destiny and your destiny in God include being holy and blameless before Him. Ephesians 2.10 says: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
God foreknew that on our own we can never be holy and righteous, but He took that into account in planning our destiny, and He planned that in Christ you and I can be holy and without blame.
Third, God predestined us to adoption as sons/daughters by Jesus Christ.
Our being chosen by God is conditional on our choice to believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Without Jesus Christ in our lives, there is absolutely no way we can fulfil our God-given destiny.
We’ve run out of space so we will continue this discussion in part two next week. In the meantime stay safe and enjoy the weekend.
Pastor Tevai Matapo,
Assembly of God