Are goals a legalistic way of trying to achieve a fleshly objective or can we look to the Bible for principles in goal-setting? In Part 1, we looked at two passages that showed us how setting goals are a Biblical way of organizing our lives and that diligent pursuit of goals is a Biblical prescription for prosperity. Now let’s look at another passage that brings us to our third point.
3. Setting Goals gives you long term vision and short term motivation
(John 6:27) “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”
While the disciples are trying to make sense of this conversation based on the miracle of the loaves and fishes, in a nutshell, the Lord is exhorting His followers to pursue those things that are eternal. “Meat” is that which is provided in exchange for pursuing the work of the Lord.
(Matthew 10:9-10) “Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.”
(Matthew 24:45) “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?”
As we get into Paul’s epistles, we find not only are we to pursue the eternal but we also find out that the purity of the motive to pursue is gained by a vision.
(Colossians 3:1-2) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Both our motive and our motivation to pursue goals as believers comes from a vision of the eternal.
One problem we have in the Church today is that we ignore the eternal in pursuit of the temporary. We’ve lost a vision of the eternal because our eyes have been obscured by the immediate. Our will to succeed has a source in the need to fulfill the desires of the flesh. In order to justify this, we invent gimmicks to tell ourselves that we are pursuing God by pursuing our personal success. But the reality is that we can never be our personal best, experience the highest level of personal fulfillment, or achieve true happiness if God is not the source and motive for our pursuit.
Next: Setting Goals for 2014 – Part 3