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Union with Christ leads to a new destiny

Not assigned by blind fate
It is not as short-sighted as getting a job, getting married, or having a family.
It is not just going to heaven
Your destiny is not for you to carve out or create for yourself, which is only a recipe for depression when you’ve failed, pride when you’ve succeeded, or exhaustion when you see all that’s left to do.
Wilbourne, Rankin. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God (Kindle Locations 1862-1863). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

My destiny becomes clear in looking at my starting point as an image bearer

Image of God had a specific meaning in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The king was the image of a god on earth. if you wanted to honor the gods you honored the king.
If a king ruled over large regions, he would erect statutes/ images of himself to represent his rule a reign to those who could not see him.
This king was the mediator with the gods
With this background in mind, the original audience of Genesis 1:26-27 would hear that they were royalty and images of the true God. They were made to have access to God. This understanding seems to coincide with Exodus 19:6 and the New Testament similarity in 1 Peter 2:9.
1 Peter 2:9 NLT
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Exodus 19:6 NLT
And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”
Genesis 1:26–27 NLT
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
The biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann says, “There is one way in which God is imaged in the world and only one: human-ness!”
Wilbourne, Rankin. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God (Kindle Locations 1875-1876). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

Sin clarifies what went wrong with the original design

The enemy has attacked the image and left us marred
Sin is the problem
Everything we do is for love. Sin happens when we desire the wrong things or in loving the right things in a wrong way.
Sin is abiding in other things in order to find joy and significance
We can everything apart from Jesus but live
Life in Christ is not just a life-denying way. It is the way to life.

Restoration of the image- this is why you are here and where you are headed.

Colossians 1:15
Colossians 1:15 NKJV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Romans 8:29
Romans 8:29 NKJV
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Jesus showed what real humanness looked like, dependent, obedient, humble, servant, doing the Father’s will.
This is what the horizon to which we are headed looks like- being restored back to humanness.
Christ came to restore this humnness back. Christ in us takes on the work to restore us back.
Your uniqueness is realized even more as you become more and more like Him. You don’t lose the uniqueness with which God made you. The image of God in you has a specific manifestation that no one else can give. We then live to do the good works that He has planned for us.
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
1 John 3:2
1 John 3:2 NKJV
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

So what do we do with the mundane life as we are headed to this glorious destiny?

Boast in your weakness.

Our weakness and sinfulness is an invitation to come to God for strength.
We don’t have to live in shame. Our failures don’t lead me to focus on our undoneness.

Glory in suffering

Over a sketch made idly to amuse a child, an artist may not take much trouble.… But over the great picture of his life … he will take endless trouble—and would, doubtless, thereby give endless trouble to the picture if it [could feel].… It is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less. 25
Wilbourne, Rankin. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God (Kindle Locations 2045-2048). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

Reassess your wins

Your win is learning how to love. And your greatest losses are your failures to love. This means we will become people who prize relationships. For relationships, even and especially difficult relationships, are the school in which we learn to deny ourselves and love others.
Wilbourne, Rankin. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God (Kindle Locations 2060-2062). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.
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