2016. Facing another year, deliberating on whether I will have resolutions and goals, I wonder, are you in or out? Normally, I’m out. I hate to set myself up for disappointment and prefer to make a goal without any bearing on a calendar. However, I’ve been challenged to consider making goals in light of The Kingdom. What do I want to see GOD do in me and in those around me in 2016, so His Kingdom will look different…forever? Initially, I tried to squirm my around this. I mean, I can be a professional justifier. If it had been a major in college, I’d have made the Dean’s List. And when I cannot justify, I’m comfortable telling you I’m not really into resolutions.
But here are two verses giving me considerable pause as I look ahead to the gift of another year and consider eternal goals:
“Whatever we do, it is because CHRIST’s love controls us. Since we believe that CHRIST died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live. He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please CHRIST, who died and was raised for them.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
May I make a suggestion? Consider a goal or goals for 2016 with Kingdom impact. I’ve written out a couple of goals for me, a goal for my relationship with a mentor, a goal for how I lead leaders in our church and a goal for our church community. I think these goals have potential for eternal impact. I’m praying over the list, and considering a plan to accomplish each of them.
You might be inclined to push back, thinking, if GOD is in control and it is by His grace we are saved, why set goals to accomplish eternal things? According to Philippians 1:6 & Philippians 2:13, He’s at work in us, right? While the justifier in me agrees, Ephesians 4:1 urges me to live a life worthy of my calling. And 2 Corinthians 5:10 tells me I will stand before CHRIST to give an account for all I have done for His Kingdom. So...I’m considering eternal goals that might be a benefit to our King and His Kingdom.
As we pray over and settle into goals for 2016, let’s surrender our plans, dreams and methods to GOD, asking Him to direct us.
“Commit everything you do to The LORD. Trust Him, and He will help you. He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5-6 NLT)