Pursuing God’s Destiny for Our Lives
Leo Bigger, Gary Morgan and Dutch Sheets dive into God's destiny for our lives and how we can access it.
Pursuing God’s Destiny for Our Lives
One of the most pressing questions that people face at some point in their lives is, “What on earth am I here for?” And for believers, sometimes that question can feel even more plaguing, since we believe with all our hearts that God has a plan for us, but we can’t seem to find exactly what it is. After all, doesn’t the Bible itself say in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them”?
Could there be ways that can help us walk out God’s destiny for our lives? Let’s learn more about finding God’s plan through the lives of some of these Champions:
Leo Bigger of International Church Fellowship in Zurich, Switzerland, one of the biggest church planting movements in Europe with over 60 churches in nearly 10 countries, says, “God has an adventurous plan for every life and it leads us to our destiny in unexpected ways.”
But why is it that many Christians fail to live a life of adventure? Could it be because, as Leo believes, most people are generally afraid of change?
“Deep down inside is the essence of who God has created them to be; yet instead of becoming the best versions of themselves, they try to live like others.” – Leo Bigger
It is in challenging the routine and the status quo that many heroes have emerged. Leo ticks off the likes of Martin Luther King, the Wright Brothers, and even Henry Ford, among the people who intentionally thought and brought about a way for something to be changed. And after a journey that was clearly beset with challenges and failures, they emerged victorious, with solutions that never might have come to pass if they had not pressed on.
Courage Helps You Accept Your Destiny
With this in mind, Leo is adamant about people being courageous about change. “It is because you are pregnant!” he exclaims. “You are pregnant with ideas waiting to be realised; pregnant with dreams that must be lived out; and pregnant with gifts that could be used. You may not have realised it yet, but you are already bearing these possibilities and opportunities in embryonic form. Once in a while, the dream, the possibility, the miracle will give you kick, just as a growing baby waiting to be born would. It says: “Soon I will be born. Soon I will surprise you and enrich your life. Are you ready for me?”
And many Christians are struggling with pains and frustrations that keep them bound in the past and unable to move forward. “The reason why many people are carrying pains and frustrations in their hearts is because they do not know who they really are,” Leo explains. “Deep down inside is the essence of who God has created them to be; yet instead of becoming the best versions of themselves, they try to live like others.”
He shares the Bible story of how God brought about the destiny of Jacob, who started life as a deceiver and second-best to his twin brother Esau.
“God is for us and always wants the best for us. But if we want to discover the true masterpiece within ourselves and feel valuable and accepted, we must accept who He intends for us to be and embrace our destinies,” he shares. “It was only when Jacob acknowledged who he really was: that he is Jacob the second-born; Jacob the mummy’s boy; Jacob the cook; and Jacob, God’s unique creation, did God bless him. Only now, on his knees, spiritually naked and vulnerable.”
Your Destiny Is Discovering Your True Self
Dutch Sheets agrees with the importance of acknowledging who God made us to be: he believes that the journey to destiny is simply a quest to discover your true self.
“[God] places in our hearts the desires that are there. He formed us with certain gifts and motivations,” Dutch shares. “Spending time with Holy Spirit allows Him to awaken in our spirit what He placed there when He made us.”
For Dutch, spending quality time with God was the foundation of God’s awakening His desires in him. “This created vision,” he explains. “As I endeavoured to accomplish those things, the gifts He placed in me began to manifest. I found that I was gifted at some things and not at others. The journey to destiny is simply a quest to discover – through relationship with our Creator – our true self. Your destiny is already within you!”
Finding Your Destiny Begins With Who
He adds that another thing that helped him discover his destiny was connecting with the right spiritual father. “The Lord has used the guidance and counsel of this man to help me many, many times over the years. Even at 64 years of age, I still seek his counsel.”
With this perspective, Dutch has this to say to younger believers who are seeking their destiny: “Begin with who, not where and what.”
What does he mean?
“God has someone – a spiritual father or mother – He has chosen to aid each person in accomplishing his or her calling,” he explains. “Find your Elijah!”
“Spending time with Holy Spirit allows Him to awaken in our spirit what He placed there when He made us.” – Dutch Sheets
Gary Morgan, founder and director of School of Prophets in Melbourne, Australia, agrees on the importance of spiritual fathers in finding our destiny. He shares how his own journey of adventure with God began when a spiritual father gave him a prophetic word that spoke right into his heart.
“When you are unable to see God’s perspective, He uses others to remind you what that is. And that was my experience.”
Prophecy Helps Us Access Our Unique ‘Destiny Prints’
Gary also has this to say about destiny: “I believe everyone has a ‘destiny print’ on their lives that is given by God. The same way your fingerprint gives you access to secure doors, your unique destiny gives you access to unimaginable spaces, places and people – seen and unseen. Many people are not living in the fullness of their destiny because they have no idea where to place their ‘destiny print’.”
So how do we get an idea of what this destiny is? Gary believes the prophetic plays an important role. “Prophecy calls out people’s ‘destiny prints’ and gives them clues to what God wants to do through them – the ‘how, who, where and why’ of their destiny.”
Gary also believes that the prophetic word is essential in reminding us of our callings, especially in times when everyone else says otherwise. This was the case with King David, who at a young age received God’s prophetic promise of becoming king: however, he still went through years of living under the shadow of his brothers, and the lack of confidence of his father, and eventually, the hatred of his then-King Saul.
“Many of us either develop our own narratives or live under the perspectives of others,” he explains. “But what God says about you is the difference between living as a victim of circumstances or in circumstances of victory.”
“The same way your fingerprint gives you access to secure doors, your unique destiny gives you access to unimaginable spaces, places and people – seen and unseen.” – Gary Morgan
Isn’t it reassuring to know that God sets a lot of things in place in guiding us to our destinies? As we pursue intimacy with God, let’s be more intentional at finding spiritual fathers we can learn from and walk with, and treasure the gift of prophetic words that He gives us to help direct us where He wants us to go! And be assured, the Christian life can be a great adventure if we so choose!
This article has been adapted from Champions 2018.