Destiny discovery is a process. It’s like anything in life, it develops and grows. The beautiful thing about destiny discovery is that the context of learning how God created you begins with simply believing in the gospel, encountering the Holy Spirit and being connected with other believers.
Destiny discovery comes out of a place of connection with God and others. Connection is the vital point. All revelation of destiny comes out of a rich place of relationships. Let’s dive into three steps that pave the road to finding your calling in life.
Believe: Salvation and the Spirit (Acts 2:38–39)
The road to destiny starts with believing. God loves you and desires to bring you into a deep and lasting relationship with Himself. Many of you who are reading this have already begun this relationship, but for those of you who haven’t, we want to invite you to believe in Jesus and receive Him as your Savior and Lord. When you do, you will begin to experience a phenomenal transformation inside of you. Your life will be changed forever.
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent [change your thinking], and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For this promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Relationship with Jesus is the absolute first step in the discovery of destiny. He designed you for a purpose, and you cannot know that purpose without knowing Him. Believing starts with a simple recognition that a separation exists between you and God because of sin. God came to earth in Jesus Christ to obliterate this separation by dying for us and removing the penalty and power of sin. Through faith in Him, we can be forgiven, born again, and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is the door to your destiny.
If you have never met Jesus, today is a great day to go for it. Just find a quiet place and focus your attention on Him. Ask Him to forgive you for the things you have done that are contrary to His will and to fill your life with His presence and power.
If you already know God, take this opportunity to renew your relationship with Him. It is time to go after your destiny, and He is always the most important step.
Belong: Fellowship and Partnership (1 Cor. 12:18–26)
We can’t fully know ourselves apart from community. Paul uses the analogy of a human body to describe how believers in Jesus depend on one another:
18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased… 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you”… 25 That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Each of us is called by God to be a different part of His body, which means that all of us have different functions and needs. In order for the body to be healthy, every part must be operating effectively and in harmony with all the other parts. This is the principle of interdependency.
In the same way, in order to be the person you want to be, you have to have other people in your life who will complement and resource you. God may call you to short seasons of being apart from others—but for the long term, all of us are called to belong. Spiritual family is the key to spiritual fulfillment. Commit yourself to a group of believers who can encourage you, build you up, reveal the truth, and assist you in the journey.
God thinks of us as the Body of Christ, and a body has different facets. We’re all distinct and unique from one another—yet we all need one another deeply. At Destiny Finder, we stress over and over again that no one will be able to find true fulfillment without the resources and grace supplied by others.
Become: Discipleship and Leadership (Eph. 4:15–16)
Once you have begun your relationship with Jesus and joined a family of fellow believers who are going after God, the next step is to set your heart on becoming the person God created you to be. The process of becoming requires intentionality and dedication.
God could have created humanity in such a way that we come into the world completely mature and equipped as fully functioning adults; instead, we start our lives in the form of helpless babies who grow into adulthood over a period of years. Similarly, when we are born again, we begin as spiritual babies and grow into maturity over the course of time. It is a process that requires commitment.
Paul describes the process of becoming in Ephesians 4:
15…but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Commitment to the journey looks like different things for different people, but every person needs certain elements: discipleship, training, education, and growth into leadership. For those of you who believe your ultimate destiny is to work in the church, it could mean serving and growing in your local church, going to a Bible school, or doing missions work. For those of you whose primary calling is to serve outside the church, you will need to develop your spiritual strengths along with your professional skills so you can represent Jesus in excellence and wisdom in the sphere to which He has called you.
God is at work within you to help you become the person you need to be in order to fulfill your destiny. Keep on becoming!
Destiny discovery is found in a process of connection and relationships. This gives birth to running after your calling and finding your role in the Kingdom in Christ Jesus.
You are in a process…enjoy it!