The Goal of Goals
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)
I know not everyone writes goals. However, it is common to think about goals at the beginning of the new year when resolutions are often made. Often we have goals that we do not write down or share with others as official goals. For instance, most parent want certain things for their children even if they have not written them down or spoken them aloud. Most people have the goal to pay their bills and live somewhat comfortably in terms of finances though it may not be written down. Everybody has certain things they hope to accomplish in their hearts if not on paper. Yet, the Bible gives us one clear goal that comes before every other goal. In fact, every other goal should come back to this one goal. The goal is to please God. That is the goal of life.
In 2 Corinthians 5, the apostle Paul speaks of his preference to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. He has no fear of death but looks forward to the day when he faces the Lord and is given an “eternal house”--a body free from the problems of this life. The reason for such boldness is clear, Paul is living his entire life for the goal of pleasing God which will be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ. We don’t live for this goal to earn our ticket to heaven, only faith in Christ punches the ticket, but to be rewarded for faithfulness.
This goal does not apply to preachers alone. This is the goal of your life. This is the goal that all of your other goals should serve. Ephesians 5:8-10 commands us to live as children of the light “and find out what pleases the Lord.” That is for ALL Christians. ALL of us will stand before the judgment seat of Christ so we are to live each day with that moment in mind. That is the motivation for a life pleasing to God.
So is that your goal of goals this new year? Can you demonstrate how all areas of your life whether career, family, finances, time, leisure, relationships, etc. pleases the Lord? Will all of your goals for 2015 serve the goal of pleasing the Lord? We do that day-by-day as we live in obedience to the Word of God.
I would like you to make it a goal to attend Sunday School and a new Wednesday evening Bible study this year. These meetings will help you to learn and live God’s Word daily (to please Him!) in an environment of warm relationships with others. More details to come.
Seeking to please the Lord with you,