- Renée Coventry
Stepping into Your Prophetic Destiny, Pt. 1
We all long for more than just a mundane life. Deep down, we desire an adventure of purpose that is rooted in something more profound than ourselves. We can see this desire today in our young people (and some older ones, as well) taking up causes which they don't understand the first thing. They long to be a part of some bigger cause that affects change and makes a difference in their world. I think we all do. Praise the Lord, Ephesians 2:10 tells us that, "For we are His creation – created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them." When God created you and me, it was intentional with a specific purpose in mind.
Imagine, if you will, a person who longs to fly. Taking your car to the edge of a mountain top, revving the engine, and hitting the accelerator may get you one second in the air before you crash and burn. Why? The car was not designed to fly, only to drive. Incorrectly using the vehicle will not assist you in reaching your goal. Neither will pouring soda into the car in place of oil. That would (and I am no mechanic) cause the vehicle to shut down altogether, only to spend the remainder of its days on a junk heap until someone who knew what they were doing could take the broken parts, clean out the corrosion, and lovingly restore it to its purpose.
That's what Jesus' death on the cross did for us. We were all lost, just like sheep who have strayed from their shepherd and fending for ourselves (Is. 53:6). We deserved to be eaten by wolves who would devour us. We were the ones who left, not God. After all, the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23); we've ALL fallen short of His glory (Rom. 3:23).
While there are many definitions of sin, for this series, I will reference Augustine of Hippo's statement in his Confessions:
"Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse distortion of the image of the Creator in us. All these good things, and all our security, are rightly found only and completely in Him."
Susanna Wesley, the mother of the renowned Charles and John Wesley, is credited with teaching her boys this definition of sin:
"Whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things, in short, if anything increases the authority of the flesh over the spirit, that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself."
We did not stay in the safety of our Creator's hands but desired our own will and way instead. It is similar to putting together an advanced piece of machinery without the know-how or necessary tools. At the very least, frustration, hair-pulling, tears, exhaustion, and ultimately just quitting. You might get the machine to do something on your own, but that heart-wrenching desire for more will still be there because all true success and fulfillment are found in the center of God's will.
Thank God that Jesus came! Romans 5:8 tells us that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Yes, the death that we deserved for straying – Christ stepped in between the wolves and us, choose to be devoured Himself so that we could go free if we so desired. That's the thing. Who wouldn't flee? And yet, so many don't. Paul goes on in Romans to tell us, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Rom. 10:9-13). Salvation has come for those who will receive.
So, why, you may ask, have you begun this series with an altar call. Well, as I mentioned before, every Creator determines the purpose of its creation, and we are God's. Nothing that I say from here on out applies to any person except the redeemed Child of God. The good news is that it is for EVERY Child of God. So if you have repented, turned your back on, sin, and confessed Jesus, then this will help you.
If you don't know Christ, call on Him today. He is waiting. Jesus said of Himself in John 10:11, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep," and in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." If you are reading this and don't know Him, the Father is drawing you. John 6:44, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him." How will you respond?
Father, I am destitute without You. I have lived my life to please myself, searching for answers and purpose, and I have done it without you. Jesus, I receive what you did for me on the cross. Thank you for paying the penalty for my sin and selfishness. Today, I turn my back on my sin and seek You, knowing that all meaning and purpose, my very destiny, is held in Your hands. I'm thankful, Holy Spirit, that you have drawn me back to My Creator. I choose this day to make you Lord and Savior of my life. I will not make another decision without You at the center of it. Teach me the secret of living, moving, and breathing in You. Open my eyes to my designed purpose – that which you prepared for me from the foundations of the universe, that I may walk boldly into all that You have and desire for me, knowing that it is GOOD! Thank you, Lord, for receiving me.