Over a decade ago a woman spoke at our church and prophesied about God’s call on my life to preach the gospel.
Up until then, I was fairly mediocre in my pursuit of God and my passion to serve Him.
But that night, this woman spoke into areas and dreams of my life that I had never told anyone.
I dreamed of preaching the gospel in fields and stadiums to thousands of people. At that time I don’t think I had even preached a sermon. Yet, I would find myself imagining that I was an evangelist like Rinehard Bonnke.
I never told a soul about these dreams and I thought they were just foolish imaginations. I didn’t even know if preaching was something I even wanted to do. So when this woman prophesied that I had dreamed of hundreds and thousands and stadiums and that God was going to give this too me, I was stunned and overwhelmed.
These ideas were not my crazy imagination, but had originated in the heart of God and were inspired by his destiny for my life. This realization flooded my soul with purpose and has caused me to live my life with passion.
God had a plan for me! I was blown away by how God was so intimately connected to my life.
This revelation was life changing and revealed that God knew my name and everything about me. I went home a changed person. I realized through this specific word that I had significance in God’s eyes.
I had a mission and a call from God to fulfill. This sense of destiny is one of the reasons that I am so passionate in my pursuit of God.
Paul tells us that even before there were stars, planets, and a universe, God loved us and chose us.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
This realization should do something incredible to our identity as Christians.
Significance gives me a sense of purpose. It causes me to take responsibility for my life and to attack life with focused determination.
However, if you lose this sense of significance, you will become careless and could miss the very thing God created you for.
In his letter to Timothy, who was struggling with his call and identity, the Apostle Paul said:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Timothy was holding back and Paul pinpointed Timothy’s problem as fear.
If you have ever tried to do something of value for the Lord, you have undoubtedly experienced the same feelings of doubt, fear and intimidation that Timothy was feeling.
Intimidation has been one of the biggest enemies that I have struggled to overcome.
In my role as a pastor there is always the fear that I don’t have what it takes. Maybe I’m not smart enough, strategic enough, and pastoral enough? Maybe I’m not a good enough preacher or counselor. Maybe I don’t have the leadership skills required.
In my role as an evangelist fears hound me — no one is going to respond to the gospel, I won’t be able to connect with this crowd, or I don’t have the anointing to pull it off.
Whatever fear you could think of, I have experienced it.
Notice how Paul refers to fear as a spirit. I believe that fear is demonic and the enemy of our souls uses fear to limit us and keep us from fulfilling God’s call for our lives.
So how do we overcome it?
We overcome fear by realizing we have significance in God’s eyes. The Lord has a calling and purpose for us.
This is how Paul countered Timothy’s fear — God had a plan for him:
9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. … And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. (2 Timothy 1: 9, 14)
In this verse, Paul talks about the plan and purpose that God had for Timothy and each of us as well.
When God chooses us and calls us, He also empowers us to fulfill this calling. He has given us a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.
Although I have battled constantly with fear and intimidation, I have continued moving forward and found confidence by reminding myself that what I am doing was not my idea.
It was God’s idea for my life, before I was even born.
Take your stand on the word of God and believe who you are in Christ.
You are significant!
Joel Wells is senior pastor of Harvest City Church in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Joel is an engaging preacher and teacher with a down-to-earth willingness to be vulnerable. His passion to see the lost saved and the kindgdom of God advanced is infectious. He is also blessed with a strong prophetic gift. Ministry opportunities have taken Joel around the world.