As the battle for your mind rages, it can become very difficult to set good goals. Satan and the world’s philosophies are constantly bombarding us with thoughts and ideas that may seem good on the surface, but in the end will lead to our destruction if we act on those faulty principles. Not every goal is a good goal that God is going to bless!
So, what kind of goal will God bless? Here are some basic questions to ask as you make goals in your life:
Will my goal honor God? So, any goal that causes you to trust God more, depend on God more, love God more, love others more, serve God and others more, and to take the focus off of ourselves, will be a goal that God will bless. I Cor. 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Everything can be done to honor and glorify God! You can take out the garbage to honor God. You can wash dishes to honor God. You can eat a meal to honor God. How? By doing these things with the proper motive; we should always be motivated to live this life with gratitude to God, because without Him giving us the ability and strength to function, we couldn’t do anything. So your goals should always help you to be the best you can be for God’s glory!
Is my goal motivated by love? Essentially, every decision we make can be boiled down to who we are choosing to love in that moment. Typically, we are either choosing to love ourselves, or we are choosing to love God and others with every decision that we make.
God is not going to bless a goal motivated by greed, envy, guilt, fear, or pride. But He does honor your goal that is motivated by a desire to demonstrate love to Him and to others, because life is all about relationships, and learning how to love God and others properly.
If you set loveless goals, you are going to treat people as projects. You won’t care about running over somebody as long as you accomplish your goal. God says, “No! You’ve got it all wrong! Life isn’t about accomplishments…it’s about relationships! It’s about learning how to love!”
I Corinthians 16:14 tells us, “Do everything in love.” The number one goal in your life should be to learn how to really love, even those who are hard to love. This is what will make you more like God, because God is love! And you can be sure that God will bless that goal every time!