Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision (goal), the people perish….”
Setting goals and making plans to attain them is not evil or “antichrist” activity. It can be a very godly practice. Goals are like a vision. They are pictures of the future. Where there is no goal (pictures of the future), people perish or are unproductive, unbridled, and run wild. Success is not luck. It must be carefully planned for, and it begins with setting clear‑cut goals.
As Christians, we are not an accident going somewhere to happen. We’ve been born again by the will of God (John 1:13) and so we are an on purpose legitimate child of God. Every child of God should and can live a life filled with purpose and that honors their calling. To live an honorable Christian life we must accept God’s goals and plans for our lives. To accept those goals and plans we have to first capture them and that is why we are exhorted in Ephesians 5:17 to not be unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Any goals we set must be in alignment with God’s overall will and purpose for our lives or it’ll be a futile effort. Some Christians reject setting goals because they believe God controls everything while others set goals from fleshly wisdom disconnected from the Spirit of God. Neither are valid reasons for setting goals.
Jesus had a goal, the joy set before Him (our eternal redemption), and it helped Him to endure the Cross and despise the shame (Hebrews 12:2). The Apostle Paul had a goal, the mark of the prize of the high calling, which helped him to move beyond past successes and past failures to embrace the future God had for him. Philippians 3:13 says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” The goal created focus for the Apostle Paul.
Goals can be godly and good for individuals, families, and organizations.
GOOD REASONS TO SET GOALS
- Goals GIVE US A SENSE OF DIRECTION and purpose so workers in an organization know where it is going and where they fit.
- Goals help to PROMOTE ENTHUSIASM and a strong organizational life.
When people know they are working together for the common good, there is an increased sense of fellowship.
- Goals help us to operate more effectively, because they TELL US WHERE TO DIRECT OUR ENERGIES. Paul said, “But this one thing I do….” Singleness of purpose and effort was Paul’s secret.
- Goals FORCE US TO PLAN AHEAD.
They help us to look at the future and not focus our attention on the past. Paul said, “…forgetting that which is behind and reaching for that which is ahead.”
- Goals HELP US TO COMMUNICATE within the organization.
Goals help define what to do and who is to do it. They help us to give clear-cut assignments and who is responsible to accomplish it.
- Goals GIVE PEOPLE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS EXPECTED.
This helps an individual know how he is doing. Every one of us wants to know what performance is acceptable and what is not.
- Goals TAKE THE EMPHASIS OFF OF ACTIVITY AND PLACE IT ON ACCOMPLISHMENT.
Activity does not always lead to accomplishment and motion is not necessarily action or action with purpose.