Finding Our Destiny
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. (Ephesians 1:4-5)
Think of destiny, and we instinctively think of great men and women like Churchill, Martin Luther King or Mother Teresa; people who changed the face of history or impacted whole nations and times. While such "big names" have undoubtedly played key roles in human history, it is easy to forget that the Bible promises that each one of us – ordinary Christians! – has a destiny too – a destiny that is far greater than that of some of the great names of life!
God’s ultimate destiny for each of us is to become his "sons" (Ephesians 1:5) – part of "the family of believers" (Galatians 6:10) and "co-heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:17), enjoying fulness of life with Him that begins now, continues through heaven, and finds ultimate expression in his new creation at the end. But while that is our general destiny, each of us has a particular destiny, with its own particular "shape" for each one of us here and now. Finding our destiny is about finding what we were made for.
In the film Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell spoke of how he felt God’s pleasure when he was running. In doing what he was made for, he knew that his true self was being realized. For Eric, it was running; for Peter, it was building the church; for Paul, it was preaching the gospel; for one of the authors of this book, Martin, it is in compiling and editing reference books!
But each of us has a destiny in God, too. Ask him to show you what it is – it will often be to do with what you enjoy doing most and what you are most fruitful in. Then give yourself to the process of letting God shape you and make you even more fruitful in that area, so that you might come into the destiny that God has for your life, just as he has promised to do.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3:12)
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