Everyone sets at least one goal in their life. When you were younger, it may have been to get through school or get that beautiful driver’s license. As we grow more physically mature our goals change. They become about relationships and career choices. As our youngest son was finishing his college career, he read a book by Dan Crenshaw called “Fortitude.” One of the many things he took from the book was that if you have a goal to reach decide in your heart and mind that there is no substitute, no plan B. For him, it was about his career, and he gave it his all and accomplished that goal.
As we grow older our goals change. It can be anywhere from just getting through a Monday, allowing our teens another day on planet earth, to paying off debt. Then of course there is the dreaded getting in shape goal. But I wonder, how many of us have goals when it comes to our Christian walk? I mean seriously, do we have a goal set to grow in our walk to get closer to Jesus?
I suppose some may have that goal, but out of all the goals we have in our lives, which one do we drop the easiest? Let’s be honest, it probably is that goal to mature in Christ. The truth is that out of all the goals we have in our lives growing in maturity in Jesus is the most difficult. The main reason is it’s so hard to measure, and for many, they are ok with just being ok. I am glad that is not our attitude when it comes to our other goals.
Living for Jesus and growing in Him is not easy, but it is a goal to reach for. Let me share with you what the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” This is a guy that has been beaten, stoned, thrown in prison, and his life threatened. But still, his greatest desire was to grow in the image of Jesus. He said that he was not there, but he pressed on. He never gave up because he understood that his goal was to lay hold of Christ. After all, it was Jesus that laid hold of him.
Can I challenge you in this blog? Set a goal in Christ. Where do you want to be a year from now? How will you reach that goal? Oh, I could go on and on, but I’ll save some for next time. In the meantime, reach, go for it, and do not let the enemy stop you from getting closer to Jesus.