|'Destination vs. Destiny'
A personal destination is one endpoint in our journey down the road of life. Our destiny is the fulfillment of our
destination in Christ Jesus. God wants our destination and destiny to be the same for He has looked down the
pathway of our life and completed the end before He began our beginning. He is the 'Alpha and Omega'(1); He and
He alone knows our end from our beginning. Through spiritual rebellion, unbelief or doubt we can miss our
destiny in Christ Jesus and find ourselves at a destination point that is out of covenant with the Lord and our
purpose in Him. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the
future"(2). This statement of faith in God needs to be read with emphasis on "know", 'I know Him personally who
holds the future' and not only to know 'who He is' that holds the future'. It may come about that the destination(s)
we have chosen in our 'pursuit of happiness' are not compatible with the destiny God has planned for our life.
Once we become aware that our choices are incompatible with God's righteousness we are then faced with a
major choice point of change. We must not confuse success experienced in a current secular destination with the
destiny in Christ which leads to eternal life. Success and accomplishment in worldly systems do not constitute or
substitute for the destiny God has planned for us through Christ Jesus and His working in our life. God surely
allows, and at times directly promotes, individual success and prosperity, yet these privileges can be (and probably
should be seen as) stepping-stones to the purposes held in Christ and not ends in themselves.
Mankind would like to peer into the immediate future in order to more effectively manage the present and avoid
certain pitfalls in future times to come. God declared in the Book of Isaiah that His power to remember, know and
foreknow is unquestionably above ours: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways
... as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your
thoughts"(3). Either we acknowledge, accept and yield to God's sovereign omniscience or remain limited in our
own self-determined destination(s). God desires that man prosper and be successful in his endeavors, yet as long
as man leans on his own understanding, strives through his own strength and only believes in his own
accomplishments he will always fall short of the destiny God has planned for him. Destiny moves along a divinely
sanctioned path from 'seasons of preparation' to a 'point of fulfillment'.
The journey down Christ's pathway of righteousness is not just a 'religious experience or excursion' but rather a
life changing pilgrimage which brings each one into his rest(4) in Christ. Scripture reveals God's destiny for all
believers is to be 'perfected in the likeness (image) of His Son'(5), to fulfill their individual purpose in Christ and to
be faithful to His "calling"(6) on their life. The worldly system and all of its allure offers many points of
destination, none of which hold the destiny of saving grace through Christ. If there ever was a time to separate
your destiny from worldly destinations it is in this day "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the
Lord ... and I will receive you"(7). God's charge to believers is to live in this world, carry the gospel to all
nations, remain faithful in their covenant fellowship with Christ and not become a part of the worldly system(8) or
its destinations. A tall order! "Who then can be saved? Jesus replied, What is impossible with men is possible
with God"(Lk. 18:26-7). "He is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day"(2 Tim. 1:12). Religious
institutions, popular ministry personalities nor ecumenical enclaves of celebration could ever be one's destiny ...
they often are merely intermediate destination points along our pathway to the ultimate fulfillment of Christ's
outworking of our appointment with His destiny. Guard against being sidetracked by such destination points so
often overly heralded by man in his eagerness to create his own 'worldly towers of Babel'. (Gen. 11:1-9)
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
 (Rev. 1:18)  (MLK, 1967)  (Isa. 55:8-9)  (Heb. 4:11)  (Rom. 8:29)  (2 Tim. 1:9)  (2 Cor. 6:14-17)  (Rom. 12:2,
2 Cor. 10:3