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What Are We Aiming For?
10/26/2012

 

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (NKJV)

It has been rightly said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”  Most of us probably don’t think about this, but we would be wise to keep it in the front of our mind when making personal, professional, and most importantly, spiritual goals.  Setting goals can be an invaluable tool for us to achieve what we have a desire to accomplish, and failure to do so can be the difference between success and failure.  Now when it comes to building a patio this might not be all that important, but when it comes to our walk with the Lord I believe it is imperative. 

Q:         So how should we go about setting healthy goals in our life?

I personally believe the best way is to write our goals down.  There have been studies done claiming written goals are more apt to be accomplished over unwritten ones, and if they are both written and verbalized to another person the percentage rate rises even more so.   When we write down something we hope to accomplish it actually brings about a greater statement of intention, and it encourages a greater dedication to the task at hand, as it provides a physical reminder of our objectives. 

Now, suffice to say, most of us have probably made several to-do list’s when it comes to accomplishing various tasks at work or at home, but do we actually put one together for our goals with respect to our Christian walk.   I think if we did it would probably contain some things like this:

  1. Start my day by spending time with God.
    1. Let God know how thankful I am for answered prayers, and for what He Has done in my life, and in the lives of those I love.
    2. Make my prayers and supplications to the Lord, including asking for His protective armor, and a fresh filling of His Spirit (Eph. 5:18; 6:10-18).
    3. Intercede in prayer for others.   
  2. Read my Bible—asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, understanding and application for my life (John 14:26).
  3. Seek to do everything as unto the Lord Himself (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31), and to be a vessel of honor (2 Tim 2)
  4. Look for opportunities to share Jesus with others (Matt. 28:19-20).
  5. Be willing to do whatever is best for others, regardless of what it costs (John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:16; 4:7-8).  
  6. Be flexible to be used by God in whatever capacity He chooses.

Now this list is not intended to be exhaustive, but it does contain some very good basics we should all have as a part of our daily goals we are aiming for.  Others can be added as the Lord leads. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things, and then ask the Lord to help you put together a list. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 3:14, what was Paul’s goal in life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to write out a list of goals you would like to achieve as a follower of Jesus?

APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord in prayer, asking Him about the goals He would like for us to achieve, and then ask for His wisdom, leading, equipping, and empowering to achieve these goals.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for challenging us to think about how we will live our lives.  Help us to see and know Your heart, and to be able to make good choices for setting healthy goals for our lives.  We need Your leading, and vision today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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