Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Christian Goals

The new year is a time when people set resolutions. These are goals that are set at the beginning of the year in the hope of accomplishing some task or bettering oneself. The problem with resolutions is that they are easily broken and once they are broken they are not considered again until next year.

Setting goals is a good habit. Whether we call them resolutions or not doesn’t matter. As Christians, we are to be striving towards something. The apostle Paul had goals. He wrote, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) What is important is that we keep striving to accomplish our goals even if we falter along the way. If you choose to set goals on January 1st and break them on January 2, don’t give up. Don’t abandon your goals just because you had a bad day or a bad week. Keep pressing on!

There are certain goals we should have as Christians. Our most important goal should be to look more like Jesus this year than the year before. We should be maturing in our faith. We should be growing as a Christian. We should have a goal of living with God for eternity. These are lifetime goals, but you could also set smaller, more immediate, goals like reading the Bible daily or praying more often.

Once we set a goal, we then need to ask ourselves, what do I need to do to achieve this goal? For instance, attending worship on a regular basis, spending time around Christians, reading my Bible, and praying is going to set me on a path that leads to heaven. These are things I need to do to help me reach my goal of being more like Jesus and spending eternity with God.

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