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An objective towards which we work, an ideal for which we strive, believing that the outcome will more than compensate for the effort involved. Jesus, “For the joy set before Him [of having sinful people who have accepted His offer of salvation being forever in His presence] endured the cross” (Heb 12:1,2). He focused on the long-term result not the immediate excruciating experience. Aren’t you glad He accomplished the goal!

Having a goal or aim in life provides a focused vision, purpose and motivation. What is yours? Is it God inspired and so will result in hearing the commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Mt 25:21)? A person with one goal in mind makes all things serve that purpose – but remember we are to have no other gods before our heavenly Father

What is my God-given goal? Will I pay the cost to reach for it?

(Ex 20:3).Our aim should be to bring glory (honour) to God. When we make this the number one priority in our lives what is needed for our daily life will be provided (Mt 6:33).  God’s plan for His people is to prosper them, giving hope and a future (Jer 29:11). This is achieved by building godly character through trials, moreover, producing lasting fruit for eternity as we go and make disciples, operating in the power of the Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19,20; Mk 16:15-18; Jn 15:8,16; Act 1:8).

Intentions remain only ideas unless acted on – however with diligence, persistence, discipline, patience and Divine help they can be accomplished, being a blessing to humanity. We should make plans by seeking advice, both from God and other people (Prov 3:5,6, 20:18).  Goals should be specific, measurable, and have a realistic time frame and action plan. To succeed will require commitment, discipline, enthusiasm and perseverance to overcome the hardship, pain, frustration, discouragement, and setbacks, understanding giving up would only result in defeat, living with regret and un-fulfillment. We also need the ongoing help, support and wisdom of others. What am I doing today that will bring me closer to its completion?

Satan tries to mislead people about the right way to accomplish worthwhile and Godly goals. He tempts people to take the short cut method by acting independently, leaving God out of the planning, and then trying to make things happen in their own strength,

With integrity pursue your goals

often by questionable means. His aim is “to steal, kill and destroy, while Jesus came to give us life”, to destroy Satan’s work in our lives and enable us to be like Him (Jn 10:10; Rom 8:29; 1 Jn 3:8). The most important goals are worth the patience and effort involved to achieve them – but remember they must be accomplished by God’s approved methods as found in the Biblical principles.

“Can two people walked together in harmony unless they are agreed” in a common goal, yet it is amazing what can be accomplished when a person is passionate and teamed up with God, while remembering God wants relationship more than service (Amos 3:3). Caleb said, “Give me this mountain” (Josh 14:12). He knew what God’s inheritance for him was. Paul said, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of me” (Phil 3:12-14).

Have you received the heavenly personalised directive or calling for your life? If not, what are you passionate about? Most likely, it will be related to that. He will burden you with a problem you’ve been called to solve. Yield yourself to Him and seek Him with all your heart. He promises to meet you (Jer 29:12-14, 33:3). It is of utmost importance for God’s Kingdom to engage in this for which you were born. Don’t waste your life on what will be “burnt up” – spend it on what will last for eternity (Mt 6:19-21; 1 Cor 3:10-15).

A life goal should be a reference point providing perspective to all you do. With discipline endeavour to make all things serve that purpose and priority.  Be realistic in your endeavours, considering factors such as the time and resources available, besides your ability, yet also relying on God’s enabling. There will be a progressive unfolding, refining

Be disciplined so everything serves this priority

and modifying along the way as you put into motion what has already been revealed. “David served God’s purpose for his generation” (Act 13:36). Jesus came to do the Father’s will and at the crucifixion declared He had finished His mission (Mt 26:39; Jn 4:34, 5:30, 6:38, 8:29, 17:4, 19:30). Paul had declared, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision”, and then near the end of his life recorded he also had finished his mission in life (Act 26:19; 2 Tim 4:7).

See also: ambition, call/calling, desires, dreams, effort, guidance (divine), mission, plans and purposes, preparation, price, priority, self-discipline, vision.