Once I gave my life to Christ, I was curious to know what God had in store for my life and my future—in other words, my destiny. I remember one day going through some notes that my dad had written down and saw one about knowing your destiny. Since then, it has served as a blueprint for life. I’d like to share those notes with you here, and I’ve added a few of my thoughts as well.
In Genesis 12: 1-4, we see God calling Abram out to leave his family and all that he knew to a future that He had for him. He didn’t tell Abram what it was. Abram had to take a step of faith and trust God. Here are four things about knowing your destiny from the life of Abram.
- Your destiny will be costly. Genesis 12:1 says, Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you." Abram had to leave everything he knew for the promise he could not see. God didn’t give him clear directions. He just told him to leave and start walking. As we start our walk with Christ, it’s important that we realize it is a walk of faith. We don’t know all that the future holds for us but we know who holds the future. Our faith and hope need to be grounded in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. As you start this new walk with Christ, it is going to cost you something. You might not be able to go hang out with the same people you used to hang out with, or be able to do the things you used to do. You might have to change some relationships as a result of this decision. I promise you… it’s worth it.
- God will fulfill your destiny. Genesis 12:2 says, And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. We see God making it clear to Abram that He would accomplish His part. He says “I will” make you a great nation and “I will” bless you. If you have recently asked Jesus into your life, you need to know that this new life you have is a result of God revealing Himself to you.
While there are daily disciplines we need to do in our life, you can rest assured that God is faithful to complete the work that He began in our lives. I love The Message’s version of Ephesians 3:20: God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.
- Your destiny is not for you alone. Genesis 12:3 says, I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Once we give our lives to Christ, everything changes. Not only do we change, but as a result, those who know us see the change in our life. They will begin to ask you what is different. I remember when I gave my life to Christ, so many who knew me would ask me about my new faith. They would see a change in the way I spoke, and what I did and how I lived my life and that became an opportunity to share what God had done in my life.
When Abram said Yes to God, he changed the destiny of his family and the rest of his generations to come. Through you, many will come to know Christ. It might be your family, or those that work with you. It might even be your neighbors or people you know on social media. Whoever it might be, let them know what God has done in your life because you never know - something you might say to someone could be just what they need to hear that day.
- Your destiny is your choice. Genesis 12:4 says, So Abram went, as the Lord had told him... At the end of the day, it was Abraham’s choice to say yes or no. If he had said no, he would have missed out on all that God had for him.
Each of us has a choice. We have a choice on whether or not we say yes to Jesus. Asking Jesus to come into your heart is only the first step on a life long journey of trusting Him and saying yes to all that He has for us. There will be moments when you might doubt God or wonder why He is asking you to give up something, but take time to look at all that He has done in your life and let your faith rest on His Word and His promises to you.
As you begin this journey, know that you are not alone. God is with you and as a church, we are here for you too and we would love to walk along side you. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, just let us know. We would love the opportunity to pray with you no matter what your need might be. I also have some free resources I’d like to give you that will help you in your walk with Christ. Just enter your email address below and I’ll send those to you.