Did you love to go to grade school when you were young? I remember when I was in elementary school, I would call in “sick” all the time, to the point where the school office knew me.
Did I really need to be in elementary school? Well…Yes I did if I wanted any hope of graduating high school.
Somethings are necessary for every human beings to do whether we prefer them or not. We all need to brush our teeth, eat healthy, pay our bills, etc. There’s no way around these essential things in life. In order to be thriving and going toward our life dreams with God we also need to do certain things.
Although every person’s personal journey of destiny discovery will be different from anyone else’s, there are specific steps we all must follow.
I would like to share with you five universal principles, or steps, that apply to each of us.
You Must Be Born Again (John 3:3)
They say that the “journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” By far, the most important single step in discovering your personal destiny is to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Jesus makes a profound statement in John: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) In other words, our personal commitment to Jesus is preliminary to everything else that God has to give us.
Intimacy: Abide in Me and I in You (John 15:4)
The second step in the journey to destiny is to begin to build a personal relationship with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. In this process, there are no shortcuts or substitutes. Relationships take time and intention, and relationship with God is no exception. We need to seek His face, hear His voice, study His word, and grow in grace. Only then will we begin to fully discover who we are in Christ and who He is in us.
We are invited to connect with God in such a depth of intimacy and intensity that we become carriers of His presence and conveyors of His power. God loves you and wants to partner with you in every area of life. God wants to train you to discern His will, to express the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and to “do greater things” than Jesus did because He has gone to be with the Father (John 14:12). God wants to use you to bring blessing and transformation to the world around you, and all this flows out of relationship.
Interdependency: We Are Members of One Another (Rom. 12:4-5)
The next step in the journey to destiny is found in community. We live in a very individualistic culture, and unfortunately some of these attitudes have made their way into the Church. We celebrate the lone ranger and the “self-made man,” but ultimately we can never truly know ourselves apart from community, and we can never fully discover and fulfill our destinies apart from community. We need one another. We best understand who we are in the context of family: the Body of Christ.
Our interdependency is not optional; it is a part of the very fabric of our relationship with Jesus. We come to Christ as individuals, but our life in Christ is in community. Just as each of us has an individual destiny, we also have a united destiny. And in order for us to walk in our personal mission, we need to remember that we are part of a much bigger mission, which we have come to call “the Great Commission” (Matt. 28:18-20).
Intergenerational: We Need Mentors and Coaches (Eph. 4:11-13)
Another key to the journey of destiny is intergenerational partnership. Just as we need natural mothers and fathers to mature in life, we need spiritual mothers and fathers to mature in destiny. We live in an orphaned world that is driven by an orphaned spirit. Yet God promised that in the “last days He would send the spirit of Elijah and turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and children to the fathers.” (Mal. 4:5-6) This work of restoration is revolutionizing our relationship with our heavenly Father and is also uniting us deeply with spiritual fathers and mothers. God is removing the orphaned spirit by blessing us with anointed pastors, teachers, mentors, and coaches to guide us as we fulfill His purpose on the earth.
God is all-sufficient and certainly has everything we need to become all that He has called us to be. Yet in His wisdom, He has determined that His various resources and spiritual nutrients would flow through different sources. Certain nutrients come only through personal experience with God. Some resources come only through His written word. And still some will come only through anointed leaders. To fulfill our callings in the Lord, we need to align ourselves with godly mentors who can guide us on our journey to destiny.
Intentionality: We Need a Clear Destination (Phil. 3:14)
Think of your dreams and destiny as a destination on a map. Once you have determined your destination, you need to map your journey within the framework of limited resources: time, energy, money, etc.
The apostle Paul said, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” (1 Corinthians 9:24) We all need to set godly goals and share them with our friends and mentors. We need to place our destinies above every other pleasure, pursuit, and purpose. And we need to press on to apprehend that for which Christ apprehended us (Phil. 3:12).
There is a purpose for why you have been created. It says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. plans to give you hope and a future”. Our heart for Destiny Finder is to help you find out what your God-given destiny is, and give you tools and a road map to help you along your journey of fulfillment. We want to walk alongside you as you discover your identity, the power of community, your scope of responsibility, and your God-given authority in the Lord.
Precious treasure lives inside of you and the hearts of those around you. May this site be a stepping-stone on your incredible adventure to freedom, wholeness, passion, and purpose.