Goals…we all have them, we set them daily. We strive to make things better by setting goals that we think we can attain. Whether it is a goal to be married by a certain age, to have a certain number of kids, or even a career goal that we set out to achieve, many of us have a goal for where we would like to finish up in an area of our lives.
I’ve noticed recently, however, that when it comes to our Christian walk we have set goals that seem to get us off point when trying to move forward. Bear with me for a moment and I will explain, but I feel we need to be quite careful when setting ourselves goals in this area.
Let’s take a look at some goals that we may have:
“My goal is to get to heaven.”
“I have a goal to keep myself out of hell.”
“I want to be the best person I can be in this life.” Or maybe, “I want to be known as a good person.”
And while all of those are well and good, they miss the point of what our Christian life should look like. Heaven is not a goal we should strive to attain…Heaven is a reward for living the life that we have been called to live. Living just to stay out of Hell will certainly send you there if your focus is solely on that. Being a good person doesn’t accomplish the goals that God has for us in life.
If these are your goals, you’re missing the point. Our lone goal should be to establish a relationship with our Creator…to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who thought that we were worth dying for…even when we weren’t worth dying for.
Romans 5:8 says, “God showed His love for us in this way, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
While we were yet sinners…he didn’t wait until we got it right to die for us, and he doesn’t want us to wait until we accomplish our goals of getting it right before we accept his gift. Set a goal today to accept his sacrifice in your life….if your journey is based on getting to heaven you’re missing the road to get there. Jesus said there is only one way to God and that is through him. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and the only way to get to heaven, stay out of hell, and become a good person in this world is to die to ourselves and develop a personal relationship with him by allowing the Holy Spirit to take hold of our hearts.
So…what is your goal today?