Purpose and Destiny - David Mitts
We have been sharing for the past 2 weeks on attitudes of the heart that produce fruit in our lives, 30-60-100 fold. We saw last week that it is the abiding reality that produces fruit. It is when we lose “our life” that we gain His life.
We spoke in past sessions about how our sense-based life is a distraction to the life of the Spirit that is our native environment. Our senses generate built-up experience. Experience is NOT the best teacher because it is a rear mirror. We cannot drive very well without a rear mirror but is the forward view that is most critical! When we try to figure out life from what we have accumulated, we doom ourselves to repeat those experiences.
Listen to Purpose and Destiny
If we take driving a car as our analogy and experience is the rear-view mirror and vision as the windshield, then the wisdom of God is like GPS. He has already mapped out the destination, our purpose, and even as we make wrong turns, He speaks to us with adjustments along the route. I have made the mistake of having the sound off on my GPS and it becomes very difficult to follow the directions especially when I am close to needing to make a change in direction. SO, it is with hearing God’s voice for our purpose in life. Many people treat God’s voice like a map. They use the scripture as their encounter with God’s voice and set off in life to try to live “biblically”. The problem is that God’s voice is expressed in the Bible but He is also seeking a living relationship with us. Like GPS, we need to be able to make course adjustments along the way. To make these adjustments we need to be a able to hear.
For many years, I wondered about purpose. I secretly feared that I was making off purpose decisions without knowing it. Then when I was deciding about coming the Washington, I heard the Lord say: “Whatever you decide I will be with you”. At the time, I thought at the time that this was the Lord’s way of encouraging me to trust in my decisions. I do still believe that to be true. I know also believe that He was revealing His nature as my GPS on life. He was affirming to me that He never leaves us or forsakes us and that our mistakes and wrong turns just allow Him to plan a new course and help us correct.
So that returns me to our purpose and destiny. We have both a purpose and a destiny. Destiny comes from the word root common with destination. We all have a place to get to in life. We have numbered days.
Does this mean we are without choice? No just the opposite. We have a destiny, a place to get to and I believe that the Lord is walking with us and giving us route options. His directions, if we listen are always the most direct with the best traffic flow. But even if we detour to see something that we want to see, He has alreay calculated how to bring us back on path. Look with me at Psalm 139:
1. This touches on purpose as well as destiny. God’s destination for us is a mission in life. The mission has many aspects. I have a mission as a husband, a father and now, a grandfather. I have a mission as a Pastor. I have a mission as a practitioner. I have a mission in my Evolv team. I have a mission as an author, as a friend. God searches my heart to help touch and awaken these missions.
2 At the same time, I have a God-given purpose in each of these missions. My purpose is formed within me and expressed through my life. This is called being a living epistle.
3. being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2Co 3:3)
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
- This is a reference to intimacy. Everytime we change states of being, sitting down, rising up He is with us.
- This is a statement of how “in us” He is. We pray thinking we are praying correctly or incorrectly or we worry about making sure we include everything we possibly can but He already knows our thoughts and our prayers. Like the GPS satellite, He already knows where we are.
- It isn’t that God takes us to these places but that He is with us in them. His hand continues to lead us. His hand is His anointing. He is always empowering us no matter where we are. All of this is about our destiny and purpose in life.
- Our lives are full of destiny! We are not wandering in a dessert without a promised land! We are on a collision with a destination. We are filled with a purpose.
What I want to emphasize is the intimacy of God’s involvement with our lives. I was meditating in this the other day in my private time and I realized how much I thought of God as “out there”. I have been torn between the “God is in control” and the “God expects me to be responsible for my life”. I know it is a classic argument of free will and destiny. When I saw the GPS analogy it all came into a kind of focus. GPS is NOT in control. Yet it does have the destination in mind as we make choices.
Sometimes we have to make u-turns because we choose dead end paths or worse head in the wrong direction entirely.
Sometimes there are much subtler adjustments like apologies, humbling ourselves.
What I realized is that God, who exists outside of time uses time for specific purpose. There are seasons and purposes tied to seasons. Our lives are not a uniform beginning, middle and end. No, we are in seasons continually and each season contains purpose for that time. If we are in the season of winter, it is hard to cut the grass. In other words, we need to discern our times and seasons and learn our purpose from what God is doing in our lives. You can’t drive around a curve at the same speed as in a straight road. Snow is different than sunshine!
Only by becoming intimate with God’s voice, can we be appropriate to the season we are in. He does more than tell us where to go but also how to be! Let’s finish up this section:
Our lives are a gift from God. We are living lives of purpose.
2. What is the picture of me—in Jesus—that God is giving me, that will help prepare me to reach my highest potential in the coming year?
3. What Garment has God Given to Me?
4. What am I doing?