When I told our church members that I’m not preparing them to make heaven but to fulfil destiny, most of the folks gave me a surprise look. I went further to tell them; “I’m preparing you to fulfil destiny, and when you have done enough to fulfil destiny, you have done more than enough to make heaven.” They got it.

Friend, don’t just strive to make heaven. Prepare to fulfil destiny. Fulfilling destiny is more important than making heaven. Jesus did not just save you to make heaven. He saved you to become what God originally made you to be, which is fulfilling destiny (Hebrews 2:10). The requirement for fulfilling destiny is higher than the requirement for making heaven.

When you do enough to fulfil destiny, you would have done more than enough to make heaven. This is why the goal of the pastoral ministry (and every other ministry gift) is to equip you for ministry. It is to prepare you to carry out God’s purpose for bringing you here on earth (Ephesians 4:11-12). This is how to know which church to attend.

Heaven is not our reward. It is the place for our reward (2 Timothy 4:6-8). As a child of God, you should not be doubtful about your making heaven. You should actually be preoccupied with fulfilling the reason God brought you here on earth. You are here on earth on an assignment. The earlier you come to terms with this, the better.

I often tell people that my motivation for sexual purity is not just to make heaven. It is to be useful and usable for God here on earth. When you understand this, you would stop asking, “Is it a sin? Will it stop me from making heaven?” You would start seeing purity as a requirement for fulfilling destiny (2 Timothy 2:19-21).

As you go into today, I want you to revisit the issue of your life’s purpose and assignment. I want you to take a cue from Jesus’ response to His parents that, “…don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49). As early as age 12, Jesus already had an idea of His life’s assignment. What about you? How old are you, and how purpose-driven are you?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria