What kind of goals do you have for your life? Some people are real goal-setters and go-getters. Others are more laid-back but all of us need some intentionality for our lives. As a Christian, I try to plan my life with God, laying my dreams and plans at Jesus’ feet. God has promised to guide us and we can count on that. But what is God’s goal for your life?
First of all, God’s goal for your life is salvation and, second of all, spiritual maturity or Christ-likeness. When we keep this in mind as we plan our lives, we are well on the way. Then we skip things that would hinder us from becoming more Christ-like. And the rest we approach prayerfully.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:12-14, NIV,*)
God’s goal for your life
Moody Adams reminds us that we should not plan our lives according to our abilities and resources. “Your goals must always be beyond your ability but within your faith.” Our goals need to more than we can. When God is our partner, we need to set our goals high because God can. But our goals need to be within our faith. What does that mean? We need to believe that God can, otherwise, it’s in vain. With faith, we have what God has on our side. And that does change everything.
Obviously, we can’t command God to do what we want to do. But we are called to work with God, to make his dreams ours. Anything God maps out for us will happen, no matter how impossible it looks like. When we let God work in and through us, anything is possible. We can be part of something amazing when we partner with God.
God’s goal for your life is far better than you could ever imagine. That’s why I have decided to plan with God. So I surrender to God and ask him to show me what he wants me to do while here on earth. Because, as Rick Warren has said, “Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal.” So I set my goals higher. Not because I could do anything on my own but because God is on my side. That’s why I’m living to create a heavenly legacy according to God’s plan for me. Why don’t you too ask what’s God’s goal for your life? He is eager to show you.
We surrender to you and
ask you to use us as you will.
We want to serve you the best we can
and that’s why we ask for your power to do so.
What do you want us to do with out lives, our resources, our time?
Show us, Lord.
Guide us, open the right doors.
Enable us to do what you want us to do.
Help us to leave an awesome legacy for your glory.
In Jesus’ powerful name,
Q4U: Do you know what’s God’s goal for your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek for God and his goal for your life!
*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]