Last week, a friend of mine came to church. She’d been a few times; I was glad to see her.
She sat behind my mom and me.
At the end of church, Pastor said, “With our heads bowed and eyes closed, I’m going to ask if anyone wants to give his life to Christ. If your answer is yes, raise your hand. Repeat after me.”
I couldn’t hear anyone talking; I wondered if anyone even raised their hand. My mom walked out of Church immediately after.
Minutes later I heard her sweet voice say, “God spoke something to me during church. Now I don’t know if you raised your hand or what’s been going on with you and Him. But, I believe He told me that you changed your destiny.”
She was speaking to my friend.
I couldn’t hear the words exchanged afterward, but I wondered if my friend felt the same sensation I did during a similar conversation my mom and I had after I chose God.
If so, she would’ve been thinking: What did He tell her? Did He really speak to her? Is she going to say “God is disappointed in you. God wanted to help you but you messed up too bad.”
“He told me that you changed your destiny.”
Today, while walking to class, I listened to the Bible on audio.
As I walked, I came upon a barren tree, surrounded by golden leaves. It took my breath away.
In that moment, I heard, “It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas”(which, when translated, is Peter).” John 1:40-42
Boom: Simon changed his destiny.
Because he followed Andrew to Jesus, because he was willing to take a chance, to see if this Christ was truly the Messiah, he changed the course of his life.
As soon as Simon came before Christ, He said “You are Simon son of John,” in other words, “Hello, I know exactly who you are.” Then, Jesus said, “You will be called Cephas,” in other words, “I’m calling you by a new name now, not a name given you by man, but by God.
Your purpose and identity are new too.”
Jesus called Peter by the name that embodied who He would become: the rock on which Jesus would build His Church.
For those of you who have found your identity, be like Andrew, and bring your brothers and sisters to Jesus to allow him to speak over them what you received yourself.
For those who are still skeptical, go to Jesus in your brokenness. You will not receive shame. You will not receive condemnation. You will receive a new identity and a new destiny — destiny that ends with “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Go to Jesus. Your destiny awaits you.
*I shared the story about my friend (with her permission) because it reveals God’s heart. He speaks a new destiny over ALL of us; offers new life and purpose to ALL of us, continually. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so the wisdom and desire of Christ to use us and transform us, is just as strong now as ever. Be encouraged in that. Ask for faith to believe that, and then pursue God.