Summary: Are we ready to fulfill what God has instore for us. Three basic attitudes are necessary. God shows them to us in one verse of scripture.
Prepared for Destiny!
Exodus 12:11, “This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staffing your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.”
When you become a Christian one thing we need to have is readiness.
Readiness because the work in you that has been performed means a complete change in venue for your life. You are not the same in any way shape or form. Your plans that you may have laid out for what you were going to be or who you became will change. Why?
You are moving from a place of slavery and bondage to a place of freedom and destiny. Every child of God who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God must realize that He or She is a person of Destiny.
For the Israelites, their destiny was freedom from slavery in Egypt but that is only half of the story. They were also suddenly people of Destiny.
Where once they had longed for rights and privileges, now they were people with a plan and purpose.
I believe that God wants you and I to come to be ready to fulfill a great destiny.
But we must be prepared/ready for that destiny.
Just as the people of Israel had to eat the Passover Lamb with a certain physical posture about them, so we too must take of the body and blood of Christ Jesus with a certain spiritual posture about us.
Being ready for your Destiny,
THE ISRAELITES FIRST HAD TO HAVE THEIR CLOAKS TUCKED INTO THEIR BELTS.
You must have your cloak tucked into your belt. What we are talking about is - - - FOCUS***
This means that your must be ready to move without getting caught and held up by a little tree or thorn or something in the pathway that may grab to your cloak.
This symbolizes the Focus you must have as a Christian.
You don’t let anything take you off your course.
The Hebrews author tells us, “Since then we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1.
WE must be ready to run. If you have ever tried to run with a bathrobe on, you know what I’m talking about. You can’t run through your house with the bathrobe loose. If you are just getting out of the shower and run to get the door without first tying up that robe around your waist you know that somebody is going to be shocked and surprised by what happens.
If you want to be sure to fulfill your destiny in God, make sure you are free from the little things that try to tie you up in knots.
Ephesians 6:14, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,”
The belt of Truth is what keeps us focused on the destiny.
What are you focused on? What captures your attention? Are you looking for God in your daily life or looking for other things of this world.
As people of Destiny we must be focused and our focus can’t be random thoughts about God or random philosophies toward God but must be focused thoughts on The Truth of God found in His word!!!
As a Christian, the focus needs to be on the Word. There should never be a day we fall asleep after our day filled with thoughts and dreams and ideas, and we have not taken time to focus in on God with His word.
Psalm 119:105, “His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.” If you want to know where you are going and how to get there, go to the word.
Psalm 119:9, “How can a young man keep his way pure, by living according to your word.”
It must have the preeminence in our minds.
Colossians 3:1-4, “Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Why is it so important to have focus in the life of A Christian? Because the devil is very crafty. The first sign of unfocused Christianity will lead to sin. And the battle we fight with sin is about our focus.
Sin begins in the mind. You sin without first thinking about sin.
You can’t stop a bird from landing on your head, but you can stop him from building a nest.