How often do you set goals? Someone said, “Setting goals helps trigger new behaviors, helps guides your focus and helps you sustain that momentum in life. They also help align your focus and promote a sense of self-discipline.”
Goals most often focus on the physical, financial or relational. But how many of you have set spiritual goals? Have you ever considered these are the only ones with eternal gains?
Sunday’s passage, Philippians 3:12-21 Paul tells us he has not arrived spiritually. He keeps pressing toward “the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” 3:14. This was his focus. It is why he disciplined his body, 1 Corinthians 9:27.
Most Christians today, since they take Christ flippantly not seriously, allow the world to set their goals. Paul said five things about that level of commitment. You can read them in 3:18-19. Yes, I believe he speaks of believers not unbelievers in this section.
Finally, Paul tells us why we should have heavenly goals in Philippians 3:20-21.
As I studied this passage I was challenged and convicted. It is easy to get to a certain place in your Christian life and put it on cruise. But this is eternally dangerous. If you hit cruise, you will crash!