The start of a new year is often a time of restoration for many people. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the past and approach the coming year with renewed enthusiasm. We set goals, make plans and resolve to change for the better.
It’s important to set goals. Setting goals helps us determine where to focus our energy so we can accomplish the work God has for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Making plans is an essential step toward achieving anything worthwhile, and there are lots of things in the world that are good and worthwhile. Healthy relationships, rewarding careers, personal and financial success, to name a few. If we manage our time wisely and commit to our goals, we will eventually achieve success right?
Have you ever achieved a goal or obtained something that you wanted, and afterwards felt unfulfilled?
God desires to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11), but not at the expense of our hearts. We must be careful that we don’t neglect our spiritual goals in pursuit of our earthly goals. Our earthly goals offer temporary value, but out spiritual goals are both temporal and eternal. As it says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Pursuing spiritual goals takes trust in Jesus. The return on the investment is for all eternity. Knowing this helps me to prioritize my own goals and plans. I want to do my very best to follow Jesus, and as it say’s in proverbs 3:5-6, he will help make my path straight.
I hope and pray with all that lies behind and ahead, the truth of an eternity with God gives you renewed hope and encouragement to pursue your spiritual gifts and plans. If you need a little more encouragement, read Philippians 3:7-16, and be encouraged by Paul’s example.
Bless you today and every day!