The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines destiny as the things that someone or something will experience in the future. This sounds an awful lot like “fate.”
The problem with this dictionary definition of destiny is that it implies that our destiny is fixed and we have no control over our future. It suggests that you don’t have a choice in determining your destiny. This couldn’t be further from the truth! I welcome you to listen in or read on.
Many verses in the Bible speak about our destiny:
“ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:4-5
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. “ Ephesians 2:10
God has a destiny for you. He knew who you would be before He formed you in the womb. You are His handiwork created you for a specific purpose here on earth. You are unique and one-of-a-kind. He created you with a special mix of gifts, passions, experiences, strengths, and personality perfectly suited to accomplish your purpose.
God also imbedded desires in your heart that reflect His purposes. You will discover these desires as you know and delight in His ways (Psalm 37:4).
According to God, your destiny is not fate. You have a choice whether or not to discover and follow your destiny. God’s destiny for you involves your full and willing cooperation.
You always have free will to choose your own path. People do it all the time. I can remember choosing to make my own career decisions many times without consulting God. As a result, I made some poor decisions and side-tracked my own destiny.
What God-given destiny is not….
Destiny is not something you do, but is something you are. It’s more about who you become as you discover who God created you to be.
As you become the person God intended, you are more likely to do what you were to born do.
Why discover your destiny?
When you step into your destiny you separate yourself from the ordinary. You begin a process of growth that goes beyond the normal, average, everyday life many people choose that rarely touches the surface of their God-given potential. As you embrace your destiny, you allow God to accomplish the extraordinary through your life because you are aligning yourselves with Him and His purposes.
What are you learning about your own destiny? Do you know what your purpose is and where God is calling you? Learn more here.