Identify Your Destination
God has created you for an amazing, fun, fulfilling purpose – you’ve got things to accomplish for the Kingdom while you are here on planet Earth. But on our journey we all encounter roadblocks. Here are some keys to dealing with one of the most important problems that slow us down in our pursuit of God’s call on our lives – an unclear vision.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. (Ephesians 2:10, Amplified Bible)
But how can you do those good works – accomplish the SPECIFIC things He has planned beforehand for you, unless you know what they are? Look at your gifts and your passions – what you are good at and what you love to do? Start to pinpoint what you want to do.
Clarify Your Goal
As they say, if you aim at nothing, you’re bound to hit it. If you don’t have a clear target to shoot at, if you are vague and fuzzy about where you are trying to go, you will end up going in circles. If we were going on an extended road trip to a new location, most of us would use a GPS to make certain we were headed in the right direction. As long as we have a faithful guiding system, we can be confident that we will get to our intended destination. In the same way, we need a reliable “GPS” to guide us on our destiny journey—something that will help us pinpoint our destination and navigate the roads of life.
In matters of destiny, that GPS is vision. You must have a vision in order to find and fulfill God’s destiny in your life. A vision is a picture, or blueprint, of what God wants to do in the future. Vision has the power to help us order our lives and determine the best use of our time, energy, and resources. Vision empowers us to endure hardship and lay hold of the reward. Proverbs 29:18 declares, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”(KJV) They wander off in every direction. Vision keeps us on track through distractions and disappointments. Ultimately, all true vision comes from God, who sees the end from the beginning and works all things according to the counsel of His will. God is the source of vision. If we want vision, the key is to build an intimate relationship with Him and learn to hear His voice. Then, as we see our future through His eyes, we will be able to identify His vision for us, and we can set our GPS to God’s specific purpose for our lives.
The Father wants you to partner with Him in the family business – reaching a lost world. He has SPECIFIC things for you to do (Ephesians 2:10 – see above). What’s in your heart to do for Him? God has placed those desires in your heart. So, the first step is to write down those desires and dreams:
- Do you want to work with teenage girls in the inner city?
- Do you want to be a graphic artist and create amazing digital imagery that will speak to people all over the world?
- Do you have a dream to plant churches in France?
- Have you always wanted to start a restaurant that serves awesome food and is a hub for people to hangout at?
- Do you want to become a surgeon and bring healing to people?
- Do you want to be a youth pastor in New York City and impact the emerging urban generation?
What do you want to do for the Kingdom? Draw them out, write them down and get practical. God has given you gifts and passions for a reason. They point to your destiny. Don’t worry! If you take a wrong turn along the way God will work it out. But, too many people let fear of failure keep them from ever trying. Better to start your journey and make some mistakes, but actually get somewhere, than to stay put and never go anywhere. If you don’t identify a goal and start moving towards it, you won’t get anywhere. Pray… and put feet on your prayers. “He is working in you energizing and creating in you the power and desire, both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” (Philippians 2:13, AMPC, modified)