The Power of Goal-Oriented Faith
When I travel, I encounter a lot of goal setters. They set goals for weight loss, marriage, education, their career, to be a better parent, how many books they will read in a year, and the list goes on.
Something that’s much more rare, but so important, is setting spiritual goals. Spiritual goals require spiritual assistance. That’s why, first and foremost, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
When the famous sculptor, Henry Moore, turned 80, he was asked his thoughts on the secret of life. He answered by saying, “The secret to life is to have a task, something you do your entire life, something you bring everything to, every minute of every day for your whole life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.”
If the goals you’re setting can be accomplished without the Holy Spirit’s assistance, they’re too small—and displeasing to God.
Goals you can accomplish on your own don’t require any faith. God becomes irrelevant in your daily routine because you don’t need His help. The Bible says:
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)
One of the reasons setting spiritual goals is so important is because, as believers, we are called to be assets, not liabilities, to this world. God told Abraham that He would bless him and he would be a great blessing (Genesis 12:2).
It is God’s assistance in our lives that empowers us to be a constant blessing to this world. Without His power, we would never increase (Psalm 75:6-7).
Our lives must first be changed by the power we carry before we can change anyone else. God’s power in you will be evident to others.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 ESV)
As an example, let me show you some of the areas that Ted and I reevaluate each year and set new goals.
First, is our dedication to prayer and fasting. While it’s becoming more common for believers to begin their year with prayer and fasting, this would not be the only time you engage these principles.
We look at what was accomplished in the previous year and set an actual goal for how often we’ll fast and what amount of time we’ll set aside to pray. Don’t give God your left over time; give Him the first of what you have.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3 NLT)