Beyond the Moon

GodReflection: Power Word Wednesday

garyguarujaHistory changed on October 4, 1957. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik.

About the size of a beach ball, the world’s first satellite had everyone’s neck bent back and looking at the night sky in hopes of catching a glimpse of a small blinking light moving across the sky.

That little beach ball led to the space race between the Soviets and the USA for the next 12 years.

destiny6President John F. Kennedy rallied the people of his nation around the vision through a speech on May 25, 1961 before a Joint Session of Congress. When the President defined the moon as the destiny, the nation’s citizens enthusiastically joined forces to reach the goal.

The destiny—to the moon and back—fueled determination.

Two thousand years prior to the moon mission, Jesus defined his destiny beyond the moon. His destiny: to live forever with God who created the moon, sun, and stars.

Apostle John marks the timeline of Jesus mission with nine “hour” road markers.

Jesus states four times during the first half of the Gospel of John that his hour had not yet come. In John Chapter 12, the countdown begins with five statements strategically placed in the six chapters as Jesus announces, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”

destiny15Here is what I think.

To reach the moon took 12-years of significant steps punctuated by dismal failures. It took life and failures to reach the destiny.

The Lord Jesus spent 33-years demonstrating the true heart of God on planet earth. The story of his destiny counts failure after failure to reach the hearts of his fellow citizens.

Because Jesus fulfilled his destiny my destiny is now a destiny far more significant than walking on the moon.

Destiny is a compass power word that serves to point the needle skyward.

destiny8The destiny of a new earth in the presence of Triune God with the promise of a new body fuels my earth-walk.

However, that does not diminish the time I spend on earth.

The destiny fuels my determination.

Earth-life is a time to grow towards the image of Jesus. It is a time to be his light before my fellow travelers. It too is a time marked with dismal failure along my way.

I am not working my way to heaven. I only attempt to share the grace I receive through Jesus by sharing salt and light along my path. Thus, life on earth is full of significance. Systematically, year after year I move toward my final destiny.

I thrill at the story of those throughout history who walked toward destiny with God. I delight to see the millions of today who see the “new city” as their destiny.

It has space for alll who accept God’s gift of eternal grace. Why don’t you claim His destiny and join the journey.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Destiny as a Power Word.


P.S. There is a destiny to avoid. Rather than “eternal city,” Scripture describes it as a burning dump ground.

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