Your Destiny Awaits
We were each created with a unique destiny. We are each so unique that no other person is made up of the exact same qualities as us. To me, this points to the Sovereignty and Majesty of our Heavenly Father. He is vast and beyond our understanding. Yet He gave us each a glimpse of who He is as we stare in the mirror. He is multifaceted and infinite, yet He desires to have relationship with us. For so long, I had no idea what my destiny had anything to do with God. I also wondered how my destiny could possible correlate with the very nature of God.
Well, it is simple and completely complicated all at the same time. It begins in Genesis, “Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26) God in all His glory created us with a purpose! He created us in His image to reign over the earth. Webster Dictionary defines “reign” as, “to possess or exercise sovereign power.” Our Father in Heaven, Who rules and reigns over all the universe, created us in His image, to walk in that authority and exercise sovereign power over the earth. We were designed to exercise our authority as creations of the Most High God over all that we do. God did not just create us as puppets to entertain Him. Neither did He create us to live well below our identity, but to exercise those very same qualities in our lives in all that we do.
The word “identity” is often thrown around like the word “destiny” is. Unfortunately, both have become a part of a type of Christian jargon that has gone on to represent figments of the “Christian” imagination rather than true characteristics of God’s children. God has declared much more solid truths about you. In the book of John, he says, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) Your identity says you are His child because you believed. Not because you earned it, or read your Bible enough. We could never earn God’s favor or measure up to deserve it. Yet, He loves you because of who He is. He cannot increase or decrease in love based on our performance. But rather, His very nature is love! He loved the world so much, that He gave (John 3:16).
Our destiny and purpose is exemplified in Ephesians where Paul said, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:5) So not only have I become a loved child of God because I believed, but it also gave Him great pleasure to restore me into His family. In case you forget both your identity and destiny, as we all do in certain seasons, remember, “for I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
So much of the world around us screams for us to figure out what our meaning of life is. It falsely gives directions down dead-end roads, and into ditches. But God has declared from the beginning, that you were made for a purpose. No one can take that from you. Only you can give it away or reject it. I encourage you today to stop what you are doing and take a look back. Look back to the beginning and recognize that God has been there all along. His fingerprint has been upon every page of your life. You were created first and foremost to be a part of His family. You were created to be loved and to love. If that doesn’t set you bravely upon the course of the destiny that God created for you…
 "Reign." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.