The Importance of Destiny
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Your destiny is one of the most important aspects of your walk in Christ. Salvation is important as it is the starting point in your faith walk and it is essential to understanding your purpose and receiving your assignment. But your destiny encompasses the essence of your journey.
Destiny is your journey
When I played football in high school, if you made a mistake in practice, the coach would have you run a lap around the perimeter of the field. This was to make you work toward becoming as error-free at game time as possible. Ultimately, you worked to make your practice perfect because running laps was no fun!
The journey from Egypt to Canaan was an eight-day walk. However, because the Israelites were disobedient, God had them walk a lap that lasted 40 years.
Don’t take another lap. Stop where you are. Assess your assignment. Trace your steps back to your purpose. Make sure you’ve heard from God concerning your purpose and make sure the assignment you’re executing is yours AND is tied to your purpose!
Destiny is key to discipleship
The pivotal point in this is that destiny and discipleship go hand in hand. To be disciple means you are submitted to a particular discipline. However a true disciple, whether in the Kingdom of God or, say, martial arts, is pregnant with purpose. Every one of Jesus’ original twelve was called (purpose) and sent (assignment) in order to advance the will, culture, and intent of the Kingdom of God. Each of the original twelve went on to great exploits for the Kingdom. Jesus told us that greater works shall we do because He went on to the Father (John 14:12); you cannot do the greater works without clearly understanding your purpose because God will not reveal your correct assignment without you receiving a revelation of your purpose. And you cannot manifest your destiny if you are operating in an incorrect assignment.
The DNA of Destiny
We were created in the image (to look like) and likeness (to act like) of God. Now sin deformed us but Jesus came to transform us. In the new birth, we are re-created in the image of Jesus:
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 – AMP).
We are to take on the nature of SONS, not sinners, slaves, or servants. When you are born-again, you receive the nature of Christ.
When you take on this new nature, Jesus’ destiny becomes your destiny. I don’t know about you, but that’s a good point to get your shout on!
Destiny is not your destination.
The problem with the children of Israel is that they were so obsessed with a destination that they ignored the journey. In their case the journey was the process by which God was purging Egypt out of them.
Jesus understood the Cross was not His destination; rather it was a critical stop en route to His destiny. The Cross became the access point for generations to come of Kingdom citizens. At no point during His earthly ministry did Jesus become consumed with His destination. He was always focused on His destiny and the importance of His sojourn to that effect.
Joseph was an example of a man who clearly understood his destiny.
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf. 8 His brothers said to him, Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me. 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you? 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind. (Genesis 37:5-11)
He also was fully persuaded that God would keep him in such a way that his destiny would come to pass. Joseph understood his purpose, which enabled him to receive the correct assignment that propelled him into his destiny.
Joseph endured being thrown into a pit, serving as a slave to Potiphar, being wrongfully accused and thrown into prison, was brought before Pharaoh, and elevated to Prime Minister of Egypt to dwell in a palace.
No matter whether the enemy causes you to be cast out, enslaved, or imprisoned, God has an extraordinary destiny set before you. What you have to do is plug in to your purpose, which enable you to receive your correct assignment(s), and walk out your divinely-ordained destiny.
Where you’ve been is not near as important as where you are; that’s why the rearview mirror is smaller than the windshield. Where you are is not nearly as important as where you’re going!
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)