by Marty Breeze
If you have ever wrestled with the question of whether or not God has called you personally to do something special, let me answer that for you right now. The answer is absolutely yes! How can I be so certain? Because the bible says so! Ephesians 2:10 clearly states, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do". How great is it to know that you are not here by accident. You were individually created with a unique purpose that God literally fashioned you to accomplish. And more than that, the Creator of the entire universe is completely invested into helping you fulfill it. Now, since God has called you, it might be expected that all those around you would be excited as well as eager to help and encourage you. It wouldn't seem unreasonable to expect first class travel arrangements and five star accommodations along the way. All of these things are very possible and well within the ability of God to orchestrate. The journey in my dream, however, began to unfold in a very different fashion.
As my dream began, I was standing at the front door with Jesus. We were talking together and having a wonderful time when suddenly I heard the voice of God the Father call to me from across the city. He simply and powerfully told me to come to Him. I immediately left the house to begin my journey. After all, God was calling me. Not long after my departure I began to run into a series of challenges. I had not walked very far before being confronted by a mean dog who seemed determined to stop me getting past him. Although the situation seemed impossible at first, this first test was soon behind me and I was again headed down the road. After getting past the dog I continued on my way for a little while until I was confronted with a new problem. After that was another, and then another and so on throughout the dream. I fell down a time or two and got a little dirty on occasion, yet I managed to persist through the various tests and trials that lined my way. As I began to wake, it was like a movie that was zooming out from the scene as I continued on my adventure.
At the outset of the dream I was in the midst of a beautiful conversation with Jesus. While this picture only took up a small portion of the vision, it is absolutely the most important part of the message. No honest discussion of the fulfillment of anyone's destiny can begin anywhere other than with Jesus. The primary call of everyone on the planet is our call to a relationship with God. As the Lord Himself says in Matthew 16:26, "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" Wealth, power and fame have an ultimate end in disaster beyond our comprehension for those who are outside of a saving relationship with God through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. If this issue remains unsettled in your life then you would do well to pursuit nothing else until it is. There is nothing we could ever do or be that could remotely compare to the glory and the majesty of partaking in the free gift of salvation by grace through faith in Christ.
The second thing that happened in this dream is that God called me to come to Him. As I heard His voice I responded by beginning my journey. Historically, this is simply God's way. Just as in the lives of Abraham, Moses, Joseph and many others; the struggles we face are absolutely necessary in order for us to be properly prepared to fulfill our destiny. The skirmishes we encounter along the way are intended to strengthen and equip us for the very thing that we are called to. The mental, physical and spiritual muscle needed to be able to stand in the place of our calling can only be developed through adversity. Faith is proved, character is developed and hearts are purified in the midst of these conflicts.
A good place to gain some biblical insight into this principle is with the life of David. When David was a young boy somewhere between ten and fifteen years of age, the Lord sent a prophet named Samuel to tell him that he had been chosen to serve as the next king of Israel. Not long after this anointing took place, the preparation for his kingship began. It did not begin with a parade or a banquet but rather with a number of life and death struggles that took somewhere between twenty-two and twenty-seven and a half years to complete. These events were used by God to forge David into the man he had to become in order to stand in the place that God had called him to. It only took Samuel a few minutes to anoint David. It then took decades of tests and trials to prepare him to actually function as the king he was born to become.
This basic principle is echoed many times throughout the bible and is very likely a necessary part of God's plan to prepare us for our destiny as well. Think about this. Let's say that someone knows with great certainty that God has called them to be a heart surgeon. Even though the calling may be absolutely true, if they were to just show up at the hospital and start operating on people the results would be terrible! Time, study, practice and maturity must be applied to that person's gifting before they can hope to successfully function in their calling.
I cannot tell you what your destiny is or along what path it lies, but I can point you to the One who is able to do both. This journey can only be walked out in the midst of an ever unfolding relationship with the God who created you, loves you, and wants to help you learn to love and trust Him in return.