Destiny is a big word with a big meaning. Unfortunately, in today’s world so many men feel destiny is not a word that applies to them. Our hyper-media culture has made destiny something that is reserved for the famous. It’s for celebrities, athletes, business leaders, or politicians. It’s reserved for the rich and famous people that accomplish big things in the public eye. In God’s eyes this is not the case. A destiny is not just for the rich and the famous, but it’s available for each one of us. We all have a destiny. God has called each us to specific purpose, but unfortunately so many men today ignore it, choose not to pursue it, or let the pain of their past cloud their destiny.
J.J. Abrams masterful reboot of the Star Trek film series in 2009 resulted in a movie about a young man embracing his destiny after having spent a lifetime of running away from it. James T. Kirk was trapped in bondage as the result of his father’s death. He lived with a chip on his shoulder and an attitude until he met Captain Christopher Pike. Early in the movie Captain Pike intervenes in Kirk’s life. He challenges him to not settle for an ordinary life, but rather strive to be the best he can. Pike asks Kirk the following:
“You’ve always had a hard time finding your place in this world, haven’t you? Never knowing your true worth. You can settle for an ordinary life, or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special?”
As the movie progresses, we see Kirk take on his mentor’s challenge. He ultimately uncovers his purpose and embraces it as he begins his journey of becoming one of Starfleet’s greatest captains.
There are three things this movie teaches about embracing our God-given destiny:
- Like Kirk, God has a specific destiny for each one of us. (Romans 8:29-30)
- Like Kirk, God counsels us, advices us, and challenges us through our mentors. (2 Timothy 2:2) It took a mentor like Pike to bring out the best in Kirk. Who do you have in your life to bring out the best in you?
- Like Kirk, our spiritual enemy will do everything he can to place obstacles in your path to derail you from accomplishing God’s destiny for your life. (John 10:10)
What might be keeping you from embracing your God-given destiny? Is there wound from your past that has festered to such a point that your destiny has become clouded? Learn from Captain James T. Kirk and embrace the fact that you have a God-given destiny. Then find another man that will help you discover that destiny and show you how to live out. Finally, get ready to fight. Once you have your cause to fight for, the battle will intensify, but it will prove to be the most satisfying fight you’ll ever undertake.