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What is your Goal in Life? April 13, 2010

Posted by Henry in Matters of the Faith.
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Today we have a lot of pastors and teachers who “preach” motivational speak in church encouraging people to find out what God’s will for their life is. They further encourage church folk to establish their goals and to write them down on a piece of paper and work towards achieving them. These goals usually relate to career objectives, finances, business, marriage and family etc. So then, if you are reading this and you are one of those people who follow such practices of writing down your goals and set a course to achieving them, which goal do you put at the top of your list? Is it to “reign in life” and live the “abundant life” as defined by Word of Faith-ers? Is it to make your first million by the age of 30? Is it to pay off your mortgage or own a six-bedroom house? Is it to rise to the top of your field or profession? Is it to attain a first class degree or one with Summa Cum Laude?  Is it to get married and have a family in five years? Now I am not saying there is anything wrong in wanting some of these things but are any of these your primary goal?

 Perhaps you have never given much thought to this question or you find it a bit too challenging to answer or you have perhaps already decided on one of the examples mentioned above but here is what the Apostle Paul had to say in Eph 4:11-13:

 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

 Our goal as Christians and as believers in the Gospel of Christ is to “come into the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Our primary objective should be to “attain to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ”. Why? 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power (Col 2:9-10) Paul again makes it clear here that it is in Jesus that the fullness of the Godhead dwells and in Him are we made complete. Indeed one or more of the aforementioned goals may give us a sense of self-actualization and personal pride but all of this is worthless if we do not have Christ at the heart of our lives because it is in Him that we are made complete.

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1. glasseyedave - April 13, 2010

I would say it doesn’t matter if they think they have Christ. This message is an ecumenical message at the core, where believers will find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder with other faiths and find themselves all believing the same thing.

It is a further shame that we can not serve two masters. So which is it for the church? Will we serve God or our own ambition? I thought it was taught we were to die to this world and live for Christ, to store up our treasures in heaven etc. But I could be wrong.

2. Henry - April 15, 2010

Glasseyedave,
You are correct. It doesn’t matter “if they think they have Christ.” They either have Christ or they don’t – it something that they need to be sure about. You are also correct on the point that it is an ecumenical message in that it relates to “the common good of all.” Indeed you can get this message from motivational speakers outside the church too from people like Tim Robbins.

It would appear that scriptures which say that we cannot serve God and mammon and “store not up treasures in heaven” are not in some people’s bibles. I take it the following verse from 1 John 2 isn’t in their Bibles either:

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


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