‘You’re Destined for Great Things’, What It’s Not

Perhaps like me you’ve been told “You’re Destined for Great Things” and you’ve struggled to know what that means.

Today’s blog is a short reflection on what that phrase doesn’t mean. And I’m sharing it with you today because I felt God’s Spirit this morning strongly reminding me not to be fooled or led astray by seeking after ungodly things. I was invited once again to not measure my life by the world’s standards of success. And to guard against hypocrisy in my life.

To be destined for great things should not – or ever be!- synonymous with popularity, platforms, wealth, a public ministry, material possessions, positional power, or anything which sets you up to bring honor to yourself or allows you to rely solely on your own strength or possessions.

As leaders, we do people a disservice if we lead them to believe that greatness is about making them popular, wealthy, or achieving a place of positional authority. It’s.so.not.about.that.

I’m convinced that great things, with I actually associate with living a fruitful life, will look different for all of us. True great things are birthed in and through loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and loving others as ourselves. Every life matters!

Keep your focus on Jesus’ invitation for your life. Love God and others deeply. Acknowledge Jesus’ goodness in your life and share him with others. Do this in ordinary time, on ordinary days, in ordinary places. You love an extraordinary God who loves you and all those who are either currently in your life or who you are yet to encounter in your day and journey.

Live each day in God’s presence. Seek and search for it daily. The greatest thing we have, the thing that matters above all else, is this: We are the forgiven, redeemed, loved sons and daughters of Almighty God. We have God’s Spirit now and will be with God for eternity. I can only imagine what eternity will be like!

Reflection Questions:

What do understand the statement “you’re destined for great things” to mean? What are the things that I am currently seeking after? Are there things the Spirit is reminding me of today that I need to let go of or change?

Wherever the Spirit takes you while your heart is being searched, go there, and seek to understand what God would say to you or ask of you this day.

Carmen

2 comments

  1. It seems to me that “loving God and loving others deeply” is an impossible task especially because we tend to associate love with feeling so the idea of loving deeply can be subjective, in a sense, me-driven. I can’t seem to muster my love to go beyond what I feel and should be able to do with it. Your post drew me to search up dreams and gifts. I was led to an article by John Piper – https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/god-has-allotted-to-each-a-measure-of-faith. I was immediately struck by the truth that God has given every Believer a measure of faith with which we receive and use our varying gifts. If God gives us saving faith then He’s the originator of faith, I’m not. Not only that God increases and sustains our faith. Reflecting on Mark 9:24 Piper says “Without God we cannot believe what we ought to believe”. God truly is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb.12:2). I too have long since felt “destined for great things” but never quite knew what or how that should look in my life but now I know what to pray and from what position – humility, every day.

    “Faith is the source; charity, that is, the whole Christian life, is the stream from it…” (F.Charles)

    “Faith without love is, as it were, a dream, an image of faith; just as the appearance of a face in a glass is not a real face.” (Luther)

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