Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (NKJV)
The first thing as believers that we must understand and always remember is that our salvation is a gift from God who created us. There is nothing that we can do to earn it. I believe God made it this way so that we won’t think higher of ourselves than we ought to. I believe that we get a clear understanding of who we are and our purpose in life by understanding who created us and saved us. Our identity and destiny are tied to who we belong to. These scriptures serve as a reminder that even when I feel hopeless or down, that I was created with care, for a purpose.
Many people aren't walking in their God ordained destiny because somewhere along the line they were discouraged by life. Some of us aren't walking into our destiny because we made some mistakes in our past and we think that God has disqualified us, but God hasn't disqualified us, we let people and the shame of our past disqualify us.
These scriptures helped me identify two principles that will encourage me to be steadfast as I walk into my destiny. The first is that I must “Know whose I am,” "For we are God's. Many of us are missing out on our destiny because we have forgotten who our daddy is. Just like any good dad because we belong to him he has vowed to always be our protector, our provider, our peace, our healer, but for some reason as soon as something goes wrong in our lives, we forget all of that and if our trials last too long we are willing to abort our God given purpose.
Once we know who we come from, then comes the second principle of understanding who we are supposed to be. Because we are children of the one true king, even when we feel worthless, we should remember that we are ROYALTY and we have a divine purpose for our life. Too many of us are not walking in our destiny because we are holding onto a shame that doesn’t belong to us. Yes, we may have actually committed the crime, but Jesus has already paid the price for us! We are FREE of that guilt and shame! Too many of us are living in filth (literally and/or figuratively) when Christ has already washed us clean with the sacrifice of His life! We can come out of uncleanliness!
We may have done some things in our past that we feel should disqualify us from our destiny but, we don’t have to shirk the responsibility and the purpose God has called us to live out because of fear or shame or guilt or lack of qualifications! He does not call the qualified: HE qualifies the called! We are the children of the all-mighty God! Remember who you are!