it is something that God impresses and puts inside of us after we surrender our lives to Him completely. It is not someone else’s but is something we own and hold fast to. We were not delivered, forgiven and saved just to sit comfortably and live a nominal Christian life, but we are saved us for such a time as this. He has placed a predestined purpose in God’s given will. The realization and the revelation of God’s destiny that takes the mundane Christian life and makes it a life that is living on the edge, living by the Spirit.
Characteristics of a God-given destiny and purpose are;
GENESIS 13 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South. 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord. 5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. 6 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land. 8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.” 10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord. 14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” 18 Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.
1.) Breaking away from the familiar and into the unknown;
Abraham had to leave his country, a place of security and familiarity and step into unchartered places. God’s destiny will be something that will stretch you as a person; it will enlarge, grow, test and fortify you not only in character and spirit but also with your relationship with Him and other people. It is to change us from glory to glory and to be more like Jesus.
2.) Building altars; a place of worship and sacrifice.
It will lead us to slowly let go of our self and desires and solely focus on our Father’s business. It is a place where we will realize our lives are the only acceptable gift to the Father who was merciful to us. It is also a place where we give Him the praise and glory, knowing that all was possible not through our wisdom, strength and righteousness but His.
3.) A position of blessing and favor;
God will support his work and he will bless those who follow Him. No, not everyone is called to be a millionaire, but know that while you are in the will of God, all your needs will be met and will overflow. Blessing is more than just material possession but also dominion, peace, health etc. We are blessed to be a blessing to others because ultimately, our purpose is to reach others through service and giving.
4.) It may not seem like what you think it is;
Your call might be the wilderness, just like how God led Abraham to the desert. The will of God is not comfort, but complete obedience whether it will be in comfort or not. Your destiny might be far off, and cannot be seen at the moment. But no matter what it looks like, God will bring it to pass. Faith is exercised and tested during this time.
5.) A separation;
It will call us to be separated, concentrated and focused. We need to shake off and cast away things that are holding us down: distractions and the wrong people who do not share the same passions (walk with people with a purpose).
6.) Being still, listening and obeying;
The call of God is not to just be busy in the service, but willing to be available to hear the voice and direction of God. We serve because God directed and commanded us to be there, thus a purpose of that service is underlined. We could make the mistake in being caught up by the act of serving without listening to the One who gives the call.
7.) It is bigger than we could think and imagine;
God gave Abraham an unbelievable promise and inheritance. No matter what it seems like, our destiny and purpose is greater than ourselves. It is not only something that we cannot fathom, but it is something that will outlive us and will have a great value in eternity.