“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Why Are You Here?
That is a question that plagues many people today that suffer from lack of fulfillment. Some statistics show that 97% of people who have died, left without know or pursuing their purpose. I don’t know who took the exit poll, but I tend to believe it to be true. More and more people are starting to realize that there is more to life than their possessions, positions, and praises they get from others. There is a deeper reason for your life and that reason lies within. It is your destiny.
In the above passage of scripture God told Jeremiah that He ordained him a prophet…. The ordination is a commissioning, an appointment. This Hebrew word for ordination literally means “to fill the hands…” From this definition we can draw a conclusion. A part of the ordination in an endowment of gifts needed to carry out the call, to walk your journey.
Your destiny is not just an event or a place.
It is your journey; your reason for being placed on this earth by God. It is a path that requires you to use your gifts, talents, and passions in order to travel it. The Holy Spirit wants to express His greatness through you by making a deposit in this earth that only you can do. Your destiny is so important that if you fail the a void is created. Those who you are called to are robbed of the gift that God put inside you.
In order to discover your destiny it requires a in-depth look at your passions.
Here are a few questions to help you identify them. What angers you the most? That thing you were probably created to change. What causes you the most joy? That thing you were probably created to produce. What causes you the most pain? That thing you may have been created to heal. Your answers to these questions should be centered around personal offenses or assaults to you or your family. They should be answered from the stand point of others. Remember, your purpose is to benefit someone outside of yourself. Jeremiah had a passion to preach the Word of Lord. He was known as the weeping Prophet because when He looked at the apostasy of Israel and the pending judgment, he felt pain. Whose pain do you feel?
In addition to your passion you need to assess your gifts.
Your gifts are the skills, talents, and abilities that God has blessed you with. They are your strengths. They are what God gave you to make an impact on the lives of others. Everyone has a dominant gift and a secondary gift. Your dominant gift is what God uses to bring you wealth and recognition, your secondary gifts are what He uses to develop Character. It is your responsibility to recognize and develop your gifts and to the degree that you do is the degree that others will compensate you for it. I believe Jeremiah’s dominant gift of prophesy brought him notoriety, and his secondary gift of speaking and writing, brought him character building trouble.