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.


Philippians 3:13 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.


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. 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 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.  Goals can be Godly and good for individuals, families, and organizations.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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