There are a few things as Followers of Jesus we have to take into account when we begin to set goals for 2017!
1.It’s a good thing to set goals.
In fact in Luke 14:28-30 Jesus said,
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
We are not called to wing it but to prepare
To live with no motivation or preparation for the future is not God’s desire for our life!
In Proverbs 6:6-11 Scripture says, “Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”
Listen: Opportunity is gained by Wise preparation, not lazy stagnation. In other words Failure to plan ahead doesn’t produce good results but
Proverbs 21:5 says “The plans of the diligent lead to profit”
So we need to set goals However, just because we’ve done our planning doesn’t guarantee our goals will be met. Which leads us to
2.The process of setting goals must be infused with the humility because we are not God.
James 4:13-14 teaches us this
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”
3.Gods purpose takes precedence over our plans!
It is good to make plans, as long as we leave room for God to change our plans.
Look at James 4:15: “Instead you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”
Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” In other words, we have to start with God and His Will! Yes we have ideas and make our plans, but God is God, He is still King, and His purpose will prevail!
So here’s some questions:
Do our goals make room for God to do the unexpected?
Do we love God’s will more than our own?
Why are we setting these goals anyway?
Is it for the glory of God or just for us to achieve?
I believe as we answer these questions the motive of our hearts will be put to the test!
4. We must align our hearts with the heart of God
as we align our hearts with the heart of God our motivation will sky rocket to the next level as we live for His Glory because at the end of the day the results of accomplished plans are ultimately in His hands! So we must choose to honor Him through surrender! “Not my will but thy will be done!”
In Matthew 6:33-34 Gods word says,
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself”
5. We set goals with audacious faith; not in fear, we focus on Christ and as we plan to honor Him, He will see to it that the best results—the eternal results—are brought about! To God be the Glory Amen!