Friday, July 24, 2015

A Lofty Goal

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

From the “Golden Rules of Goal Setting” by MindTools, to the “Four Simple Goal Setting Ideas for 2015” by Forbes, management experts know the value of setting goals. Someone has suggested that a life without a goal is like the captain of a ship without a map and a compass. His ship will just drift aimlessly from day to day hoping to arrive somewhere. 

Perhaps that’s why the apostle Paul had set a goal for himself. It really was the “ultimate” goal — “the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” A lofty goal indeed. 

Goal setting is important in that, if it is truly a goal, one will set a course to achieve it. It’s a decision to act, to work, in order to reach it. It’s a map, of sorts, and for Christ followers, they depend on the Lord as the compass to provide the direction He wants them to go. It’s more than a dream, it’s acting upon the dream. It’s not, “I wish I could,” it’s a declaration of faith.

Are you striving for the “upward call of God?” It’s a lofty goal. Declare it. State your goal by faith, then press on. Lay the groundwork to reach you goal by means of the Word and prayer. Delight yourself in the Lord and His instruction. You’ll be amazed where His compass will lead you!

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

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