Preacher’s Pulpit                                 Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Phil 3:13-14

SUBJ: Goal Setting For the Christian in 2002

Introduction:

Goal setting is a life process whether one realizes it or not.

By age 6 a person is expected to be in school.

By age 16 one is expecting to receive a driver’s license.

Parents in most cases set a goal for their children to be in college after graduating from H.S.

It is a goal whether reached or not for a person to able to retire one day in comfort.

While it is true that some goals are already set for us, we  as Christians should be definite in setting goals for our lives.

IT was Solomon who said that . . . (Proverbs 29:18)  "Where there is no vision, (goal or dream) the people perish: (looses) but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

Everyday of our life there are goals either hit or missed, conscious or unconscious.

WE need to have goals in our life according to the Bible . . . "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" (Proverbs 23:7).

What a sad epitaph - “He died because he had nothing to live for!”

Goals for a Christian in 2002:

I. GOALS SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH GOD’S WILL

(Matt 6:33)  "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

A. SALVATION - “Kingdom of God”
B. SEPARATION - “His righteousness”
C. SERVICE - “All Things shall be added”
D. SANCTIFICATION - “Unto you”
E. STEWARDSHIP

1. Should bring glory unto Christ

(Psalms 37:5)  "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

2. Should further the cause of Christ

(John 3:30)  "He must increase, but I must decrease."

3. Should bring others to Christ

(Luke 14:23)  "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled."

II. GOALS SHOULD BE DONE UNDER LEADERSHIP OF GOD

(Psalms 25:4)  "Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths."

A. David’s prayer ought to be the prayer of every single Christian.

B. Goal setting must have the leadership of God in order to be reachable.

C. Nothing more frustrating than to set an unreachable goal.

(Ecclesiastes 6:9)  "Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit."

D. This can be illustrated by:

“It is better to aim at the sun and hit the moon than to aim at nothing and hit it.”

E. A great runner never runs a marathon until he is able to win the shorter race.

III. GOALS ARE A MEANS TO MEASURE OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

(Romans 6:16)  "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"

A. To whom ye yield yourselves - goals

B. Can you continue to be the servants of Christ if ye give way to sin?

C. Sin is the service of Satan; righteousness is the service of Christ.

(Romans 6:20)  "For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness."

D. If you sin, you are the servants of Satan, and not the servants of God.

E. We set goals for our physical growth:

1. Scales in every home.
2. Exercise equipment in all most every home.
3. Diets, health foods, vitamins and etc.

F. We set goals for our financial growth:

1. Work
2. Investments
3. Stocks, bonds and CD’s
4. Look anywhere we can make a dollar.

G. But in most cases our spiritual growth is neglected.

1. No Bible reading.
2. No daily devotion and prayer.
3. No faithful attendance in church.
4. No stewardship - time, talent and tithe.
5. More preparation for “clay tabernacle” than the “eternal tabernacle.”

(2 Cor 5:1) "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

CONCLUSION: Some very basic goals in 2002 could be: (1) Read the Word every day. (2) Start personal and family devotions everyday. (3) Begin tithing or increase your giving to missions. (4) Determine to speak to one person every day about Christ. The main thing that there be some new goals set in the Christian life. Remember: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil 4:13)

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