Goal setting helps us manage our time and focus on our mission. If God placed us here to bring glory to His name and achieve His grand purpose, why wouldn’t we want to do the best we possibly can?
Admittedly, you can make achievement the entire purpose of your life. God tells us that we cannot please Him or earn His love simply by our own good works. By goal setting, I am not talking about a legalistic approach to a relationship to God or making achievement your god. Nor do I mean leaning in to the sin of materialism or seeking your identity from your list of accomplishments.
In Scripture, the evidence of your faith is demonstrated by your works. That doesn’t mean that works produce faith, but that faith produces genuine works. Resting in God’s grace creates powerful and effective behavior through the power of the indwelling Christ and the Holy Spirit. If God has called us to do good works through the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit, then I believe the Bible teaches us that we must do our best. How does this help you honor God?
· Goal setting leads to success.
Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Numerous studies prove that people who write down their goals achieve them at a much higher rate than those who fail to write out their goals. God rewards good planning and hard work.
· Goal setting employs wisdom.
1 Corinthians 14:20 (NIV) Brothers, stop thinking like children.
The Bible states that we should practice wisdom as well as faith. Setting goals for expanding your knowledge, improving your skills, and increasing your education help you mature in your thinking and planning. Mature thinking is necessary for reaching your goals and finding success.
· Goal setting helps us avoid the sin of laziness.
Proverbs 13:4 (ESV) The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing…
Both the Old and New Testaments teach us to work diligently. Being lazy is not only a sin, but also, it dishonors the name of Christ and keeps us from living out God’s mission for our lives.
· Goal setting brings honor to Christ.
Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
It is important to remember for whom you work. We have the best boss ever – Jesus Christ. Because of our love for Him, we must strive to do our best. He deserves it!
· Goal setting helps fulfill God’s mission.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Failing to fulfill God’s mission and purpose for my life has eternal consequences. God has called me to bring glory to Him so I MUST live as though I believe His agenda actually matters.
Goals help us honor God with our lives. Although it may seem like a paradox, goal setting allows me to rest in God’s grace and increases my faith. My goals are not my god. My identity comes from Christ, not my list of achievements. When I rest in God’s grace, I realize that he is the one who accomplishes things. It is not my power but his. But when I set goals, I allow the power of Christ to live through me so that he accomplishes more than I could ever dream or think.