• Mark T. Whitten

The Scroll of Destiny

Updated: Jan 27

This is an excerpt from my book, Sea Lions in the Desert: Why Christians Fail to Prosper and How Identity, Priority, and Character are Keys to Accessing Heaven's Treasury.

The Scroll of Destiny (Chapter Five)

Our talents, our abilities, our spiritual gifts and our passions give us clues to our destiny…those things that we love to do and are also pretty good at doing. Our destiny is not made up of “oughts” and “shoulds”, that’s the false-self trying to resurrect. Our destiny is made up of that which we cannot not do.


When we find ourselves self-medicating, or numbing-out, it is a good indicator that we are not doing that which we cannot, not do. Generally, it is the pain of not creating that we are trying to numb. We were created to create. Whether that creation be in an artistic endeavor, a business venture, a relationship, a family, a service project, an invention, coding, carpentry, fishing or design, it matters not.


Frederick Buechner defines our true calling/vocation as “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” It’s easy to get this admonition reversed in our psyche and lose its magic.


Notice that he places “our deep gladness” before “the world’s deep need.” In Buechner’s wisdom, he communicates as Jesus did, “For the poor you have with you always...” In other words, the world will always be in great need, and there are countless endeavors and invitations that you could embrace to ease the world of its suffering…innumerable ideologies that you could accept. But there are few things, perhaps even one thing, that makes you most glad. This place of intersection is where we will likely find our true vocation.



Knowing what makes us deeply glad comes with knowing our true selves, not trying to become someone we admire. In the age to come, they will not ask us, “Why did you not become Moses or Elijah or Timothy or John?” They will ask us, “Why did you not become you?”


Our identity is never found in our performance or achievements. It is often found in what we cannot bare to not do. It is always found in communion with God.


As our communion with God deepens, He begins to invite us to experience the places that we already hold positionally in Christ. These are actual places in different dimensions. Places that we have been granted access to by virtue of our relationship with God in Christ Jesus. These courts and gardens and mountains and cities hold treasures and secrets and scrolls for us to find, absorb and bring back to the earth in-order for us to fully find our vocations and fulfill our destinies.


I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. (Philippians 3:12 TPT)

David, a man after God’s own heart, went after these realities, even though they were not for his time. David, by faith, reached into the new covenant before it had been fully released on the earth through Jesus. By faith, he traveled in time, trans-dimensionally, and brought a kingdom reality reserved for future generations, into his present.


He did this by virtue of his relationship with God. David ate of the fruit of the new covenant even while he was technically under the law of the Old Covenant. His relationship with Yahweh, superseded the law.



Likewise, our relationship with Christ, enables us to travel trans-dimensionally in order to bring heavenly realities into earthly ones so as to affect change in the various realms of societal influence including: religion, family, education, arts and entertainment, media government, and business.


As you can see, it is vital to become who we are. In summary, we do this by understanding our origin, connecting to our identity in Christ through communion with God, and discovering our purpose on the earth by seeking the scroll of destiny for our lives.


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