When I was invited to write on this topic…a lot of things went through my mind.
“What is destiny?“
“What does it mean to win?“
It also got me thinking about the time in my life when I had forgotten that God does indeed have plans for my life.
I was born a Christian and had always considered myself a “good Christian.”
I went to church every Sunday, went to bible studies and paid my tithes.
Things had always gone well for me, never really suffered any hardships until I got to University.
I wanted to be a doctor ever since I could remember. I was going to be “a great physician.” I never thought I could fail, but I did eventually.
I failed and I became hopeless.
You see, failure is crippling, so I started strategizing for plan B. All this time, I never thought to go back to my Maker and ask why I was struggling.
I eventually hit rock bottom. It wasn’t until then that I decided to be intentional about my life.
I remember listening to a sermon where the preacher spoke about how Jesus spent a short time on earth but his purpose to save mankind was fulfilled. I was reminded that day that Jesus came and died so that I may have life and have it more abundantly.
I started asking myself what my purpose really was. What was it that I was destined to do?
I was alive, but just existing. I felt defeated by my failures and no amount of motivating words from my most supportive family could make me believe I’ll ever succeed.
I struggled for a bit longer to be honest, but I eventually started fasting and seeking the face of God.
I asked for God to show me that which he intends to do with me in this life. I surrendered it all to him.
The word came to me around that time, that “God is committed to the vision he put in my life and for me to fail would mean that God has failed,” and God… NEVER FAILS!
Habakkuk 2:2 came to me on a particular day and I wrote my vision down – I wanted to go to medical school, I wanted to become a surgeon, I wanted to change healthcare in Nigeria, the list went on.
I also remembered Jesus saying to Martha that she was busy about many things, but only few things were necessary. I narrowed down the vision and set short term goals.
I went back to God in prayer and committed everything to Him. I asked God to block everything that was not destined for me.
I wanted to walk in my purpose and fulfill the will of God for my life.
Look, I learned a lot of lessons from my failure, but the most important lesson I learnt was that I needed to stay communicating with God about my life!
Romans 8:31, one of my favourite verses in scripture, says,
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
This verse reminds me of who has the final say in my life.
When I get rejections, I remember that God is for me. I remember all the other times He has delivered me and when I am afraid, I trust him (Psalm 56:3).
I had transitioned from casual Christianity to actually knowing God for myself.
I got to truly understand His promises for my life, and understand his intentions for mankind. All this I have come to learn, He reveals to those who seek him.
Jesus Christ said, when he was leaving, that although he is leaving, He would send us a comforter who would enable us to do greater works than he did.
Do you know what Jesus did? He died for me and you to be free!
So, to think that there can be something greater than that? I had to get to work.
At that point in my life, I had been waiting for a clear voice on what I was destined for, but I had come to realize that my destination was always on my mind.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake it off. God was always speaking to me about what He put me on earth for. It was only a matter of time before I would start winning in the direction of God’s ordained plans for my life.
As Christians, we have no choice, but to win.
Romans 8 from 28 says,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
When God calls you for anything, He will equip you and when God is for you, no one can be against you.
Coming to this understanding gave me freedom. I went about life knowing that as long as I am diligent in my work, I will succeed because God who called me will equip me and glorify Himself through me.
And, He really did!
The young woman who was failing, struggling and uncertain in University is now a resident surgeon by the grace of God.
I don’t know who may be reading this and at what stage you are in your walk with God. But, if you feel like you are just merely existing, come to God.
He made you and knows why he made you. He has a destined plan for you and a part of that plan is that you win.
Every manufacturer knows what purpose their product serves. When you buy a product, you get a manual explaining everything.
To find your purpose in life, I urge you to come to the God the Father.
Ask him to reveal to you that which you are destined for.
You are not here to live a mediocre life.
You are here to WIN.
I will leave you with another favorite,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God does not fail, His words over your life will surely come to pass, but you have to know what those words are.
Spend time knowing your Maker. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
I pray that as you read this, you will make an intentional decision to get to work and to win.
There is no room for mediocrity in the Kingdom of God.