‘Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…’ Philippians 3:12–13
Born with Destiny
Each of us has a unique destiny which the Father planned long before we were even born (Eph 2:10). Normally His call is manifested by a deep desire stirring within us as we allow the Holy Spirit to work, ‘for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.’ (Phil 2:13) How we respond and then develop our call is vital. From Jesus very first ‘come and follow Me…’ His call always requires a wholehearted response.
For those in revival/renewal streams there are areas we need to be careful about. At times rather than working and developing our call and gifting, we can just wait for the ‘revival’ ‘breakthrough’ or rapid promotion to occur. Whilst these can and do happen in our lives, they are nearly always linked to faithful service in the little things. Joseph faithfully managed both Potiphar’s house & the jail, before God entrusted him with a whole nation. We can also fall down by not strategically planning and working towards the dream God’s given us. The Father expects us to plan and put action to our purpose. If we’re called to a healing ministry it’s important we don’t just wait for an anointing to drop out of heaven. Pray and seek the heart of God for this, read scriptures and books on healing, get around and learn from people used in healing. Also begin to put action to your faith by praying for folk you meet and volunteering for Healing Place.
With our love and prayers
Paul had a powerful call to bring the gospel to the gentile world. He devoted his whole life to this and strongly pursuing His destiny to advance God’s kingdom throughout the known world. At times the Holy Spirit had to restrain him from going to certain places; ‘they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia… the Spirit did not permit them.’ (Acts 16:6–7) This demonstrates how passionate Paul was about fulfilling his purpose. At times he received specific guidance from the Holy Spirit, but in the meantime he threw himself into God’s general will for his life. A ship’s rudder can only steer when the ship is moving. The Father expects us to use and develop the talent He has given us. Don’t wait for some special day, start using and developing the gift He has given you.
Sometimes because of our emphasis on waiting for God to break into our situation, we don’t make any plans and as a result don’t move towards the purpose God has given us. There are times when the Father unexpectedly accelerates our influence. However as Paul demonstrates we are called to grow and develop in our gift. ‘A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps’ (Prov 16:9) gives us a guide. We are called to plan but be open to the Lord breaking in to change our plans. Ask the Father to show you areas He wants to develop in the next year. It could be a ministry area, something practical like losing weight, or spiritual like learning to hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. Look at practical things you could do to achieve this, in the next week, the next month, three months etc. Read in that area, find others already developed in this area, check out training courses. Set goals and make yourself accountable to a trusted friend.
The Father never intended us to drift through life. We are called to live intentionally, discovering and fulfilling the destiny we were created for.
Let’s make this season count in our lives by living in our God given purpose.
Pastors Phil and Caroline.