The Power of a Transcendent Life, Part 2

By Francis Frangipane

In our last message, we stated that the destiny of every Christian, according to Paul, is to be conformed "to the image of [God's] Son" (Rom 8:29).  Typically when I remind people that our core destiny is Christlikeness, most people just nod, affirming the general truthfulness of my statement.  However, they really do not believe that it is true.  Indeed, when people think of their destiny, they first think of something they will do for God, something that involves the visible demonstration of  a unique gifting or ministry calling.  But neither our gifts nor a specific calling represent the core reality of our destiny. 

So, let me state it again: Our destiny is to be Christlike.  Our responsibilities and gifts may be as varied as the seasons of our lives, but our enduring destiny is that part of us that becomes Christlike in nature.  God wants us to develop our gifts and, of course, He has created us to fulfill certain tasks or ministries, but we must never lose sight of the main purpose of our existence, which is to become like Jesus in all things.