Good News For The Goal Challenged

I’m goal challenged. I’ve never been real good at setting them. Well, actually I’m good at setting them. The problem is that after I set them, I forget to look at them. I have goal amnesia.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s good to set spiritual goals especially, and try to build spiritual habits into our lives like having consistent devotions, because God uses these means to bless us. So I believe we should have goals in our lives. Check out Stephen’s post from last week.

But above and beyond our own goals, it’s so encouraging to me to know that God has goals for his children, and he will achieve them. He has plans for us he’ll fulfill. God says,

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

God has good works already prepared for us to walk in:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

It’s encouraging to me to know that God has already prepared those works and he’ll make sure we walk in them. We may forget our goals but God won’t forget the plans he’s made for us.

And God’s greatest goal for us is to conform us to his Son for his own glory:

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

God has plans to transform us more and more into the image of Christ’s glory this year. He’ll use blessing and affliction. He’ll bring brothers and sisters into our lives to sharpen us. He’ll use our feeble efforts to pursue him. He’ll use his Word as we read it and listen to it preached. He’ll use our prayers and the prayers others say for us. He’ll use wicked people. He’ll use our failures and successes. He’ll humble us and guide us. He’ll make us wait patiently. He’ll give us people to serve and encourage. He’ll give and take away.

And he will be successful in achieving his goal. At the end of this year, we’ll be more like Christ than we are now. I want to do all I can do to obey Jesus and become like him, but I’m so grateful it’s not ultimately up to me. It’s the wonderful plan of the One who does all things well.

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.