In becoming all God envisioned for us to be, we have a role to play that no one can play for us, not even God Himself. It is the role that involves our freewill. This is so because God ordained that the full manifestation of everything He has called us to be can only be achieved through the reconstruction of the image and likeness of God in us.
In Genesis 1:28, the mandate to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion on the earth came only after The Godhead had resolved to make man in their image and likeness. So then, the lack of dominion (which in this case specifically means the freedom to become) can be traced back to the loss of the image and likeness of God when sin was introduced into the mix. The dominion mandate is a state of glory that The Father intended for all of humanity to live in on the earth that enables one to live out their destiny with ease.
So then, to get back to that place of dominion that allows us the ability to fulfil our destinies, we ought to go back to the formula which is the recreation of the image and likeness of God in us. Romans 8:28-30 puts it so beautifully “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called, whom He called these He also justified; and whom He justified these He also glorified”.
It is the recreation of the image of The Son in us (that starts with salvation) that is the key that unlocks our destinies. Many think that this only applies to those called to the five-fold ministry (apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher). But this is probably one of the greatest errors in belief systems that causes many to live unfulfilled lives and not be able to attain to all God called them to be. Many equate being called to destiny as being called to the five-fold ministry. We have a lot of examples in the Bible that actually show to the contrary. Just to name a few, we have David (though he operated as king, at times prophet, and at times priest even), Daniel, Deborah, Joseph, Mary and many more. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 says “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God that works in all. But the manifestation of The Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all”.
One perfect example is the account of the building of the first Tabernacle in Exodus 31:1-6 where God called Bezalel and Aholiab as artistic craftsmen to work in gold, silver and bronze for the articles needed for the Tabernacle. And God filled them with His Spirit, in wisdom, in understanding and knowledge. These were as much called for the fulfillment of their destinies in God as where those who were called to serve in Tabernacle as priests and Levites. The key is to understand your peculiar gifts, talents and passions and how they relate to your generation. It is said of David that he served his generation in his time.
Getting back to the image of The Son being created in us as a necessary prerequisite for glorification found when we actually attain to who God called us to be. This is the process of salvation, sanctification, justification and finally glorification as we attain to full maturity in Christ. It is this full maturity in Christ that is the key that begins to unlock us into the fulfilment of our destinies. Our role is then full submission to God in the journey of life where our obedience is made complete even in the most trying of times. It is said of Jesus that for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross and its shame. In other words to attain to what God The Father had said of Him, that He would be a priest forver in The Order of Melkizedek, he had to endure the cross. Being the firstborn among the brethren, Jesus came to show us the way to attain to the destiny God has called each of us to here on the earth. Everything in his life (the good, the bad and the ugly) worked out ultimately for His good as He submitted His will in full obedience to the will of The Father in each moment in his life.
In the same way, as we submit our path and journey to God in full obedience, God’s job is then to recreate the image of His Son in us that, at the appointed time becomes the key to unlock the fulfilment of purpose and destiny in our lives.
Have yourselves an awesome week as you go through the process of BECOMING! Shalom!