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It has become all too common in the church for many to defer to "God's plan" for our lives. On its surface, it sounds like a good, Christian approach to life, but what if I told you it's not true? That God does not have a plan for your life? Allow me to explain. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that God has a purpose for every single person on the planet, but I do not believe He has a plan.What I mean by that is God has called each and every one of us to fulfill a particular role in the context of history, and there are 1001 ways He can get us there. Instead of a singular, pre-mapped path to your final destination, it's a little bit more like a "choose your own adventure" story.

I want to propose to you that regardless of where you're at in life, whether you have big dreams and have no idea where to begin, or you've tried to fulfill your destiny and keep hitting roadblocks, that with a heavenly perspective you can start walking towards your destiny today.

What If God Didn't Have a Plan for Jesus' Birth?

If you need a little more convincing on the idea of God's purpose versus a tightrope plan, let's take a look at Jesus' life. Revelation 13 tells us that Jesus was crucified from the foundation of the world. That means that before the world ever had a problem, God had an answer! It's beautiful that He had this laid out from before the beginning; that His son, Jesus, would be born and die as a sacrifice for the sins of man—our sins that had not yet even occurred! But isn't it interesting that in that grand purpose God had for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, there was no room at the inn for Him to be born?

Maybe the Road Isn't Always Smooth

While I have heard—and even taught on—a lot of good prophetic significance in Jesus being born in a manger, the Bible says the reason why Jesus was born in a manger is simply because there was no room in the inn. Don't you think if God planned Jesus' birth from the foundation of the world, He would have made sure there was a place in the inn for him to be born? But God didn't map out every single step to make sure everything was completely smooth and seamless. (Take a second here and realize that even if your life hasn't gone seamlessly, it doesn't mean that God's not in it.) His Son was created with a purpose that would be accomplished regardless of whatever roadblocks arose. And so it is with His purpose for your life.

God does not intend for you passively await for some unknown point in time in the future; He is calling you to prepare today—right in this moment! No matter where you are in life, you are in an important part of the story of your destiny.

5 Ways to Start Walking in Your Destiny Today

Here are five keys to help give some focus and guidance on living your life intentionally with God's purpose for you in mind:

1. Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
When Saul was sent by his father to look for lost donkeys, he didn't just give up when he couldn't find them on his own. Instead he sought guidance from the prophet, Samuel, who ended up anointing him as king. His choice to perform this ordinary task in an extraordinary way ultimately led him to his destiny. Today, face the ordinary things—the laundry, the administrative tasks in your job, taking out the trash, making your kids' lunches—with great intention.

2. Steward your responsibilities.
You may be tempted to not take your current job or role seriously, but God is looking for you at your place of responsibility. After the birth of Jesus, angels showed up at the place where the shepherds were keeping watch over their sheep. In the Gospels, Jesus came to Peter, Andrew, James and John where they were fishing and mending their nets and called them to be his disciples. Where God told you to be responsible, that's where He's going meet you. If you need to adjust your attitude towards your job, today would be a great day to do that.

3. View every job as training for your destiny.
When David was just a boy tending sheep, he killed a lion and bear with his bare hands when they attacked his flock. When the Israelites were faced with Goliath, David's confidence in his ability to vanquish the giant won him an audience with the king, and it was his account of defeating the lion and the bear that convinced the king to let David fight Goliath. Like David, the things you are doing at your job now—when no one is looking—are training you for your ultimate destiny. Treat your current job with gratitude as God trains you to defeat your future giants.

4. Behave like you're passionate, even when you don't feel like it.
In sports, a good team will rise to the occasion and "play up" when going against a stronger team. However, it's the championship teams, the true winners, that play up all the time, no matter who they are playing. It's easy to do your absolute best job when you're feeling passionate, but an extraordinary person does this all the time—even when they don't feel like it. How can you play up in your current season?

5. Seek first His kingdom.
When Jesus brought the kingdom down to us, He didn't bring it as another thing to add to our list of jobs and priorities on earth—even if it's at the top of that list. Rather, it is by and through the kingdom that everything else in life flows through. He commanded to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you" (Matt. 6:33). If you are seeking His kingdom, you are not going to miss everything and anything God has for you. He is faithful to honor his Word and fulfill his promises. Choose Him above all, and all of these things—including your extraordinary purpose—will be added to you.

Take a Minute Today to Reflect

If you've been living with a tightrope plan mentality, then today I want to encourage you to put that behind you. Remember that the path is much bigger than you think, and that if you seek God's kingdom, you're not going to miss it. Put the burden of that mentality at the feet of Jesus today so that you can pick up His peace and delight in its place. Then reflect on the five keys we talked about today and start walking in your divine purpose with Him.

Does this resonate with you? How do you see yourself stepping into your destiny in this season? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

Kris Vallotton is the senior associate leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and cofounder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). Kris travels internationally, training and equipping people to successfully fulfill their divine purpose. He's a best-selling author, having written more than a dozen books and training manuals to help prepare believers for life in the kingdom. He has a diverse background in business, counseling, consulting, pastoring and teaching, which gives him unique leadership insights and perspectives. Kris has a passion to use his experience and his prophetic gift to assist world leaders in achieving their goals and accomplishing their mission.

This article originally appeared at krisvallotton.com.

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