goalsGoal #1 Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” If we are to prioritize our goals according to the Bible, this would have to be Number 1. Could anything be more important than that for us? This is basic to salvation, to life, to hope, to everything. It’s basic for my children, for my neighbors, for my friends, for the world – every day, every hour – to believe in Jesus as my Savior and Lord!

Goal #2 Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Folks, this is the only crown that matters; it’s the only life that endures forever. Be faithful to Jesus. Trust Him alone and always as your dear Savior. Do not let anyone or anything stand in the way.

Goal #3 Mark 16:15-16, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” My third goal is to take that which I have spiritually and give it away, and the more I give it away, the more I’ll have it. Who says so? Jesus! Go share the Good News with everyone you can. I want to spend the rest of my life doing that.

Goal #4 Revelation 22:20-21, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” There was a Christian man who asked this question each evening at bed time: “Perhaps tonight, Lord?” When waking the next morning: “Perhaps today, Lord?” If we are going to prioritize things, Goal #4 would be the development and growth of the concept within myself that the imminent return of Jesus in the sky is about to take place. Unless I am operating with that kind of thinking, I’ll spend too much time on peripheral piffle (Don’t ask me how to spell that correctly). I’ll be robbing myself of some of those good stewardship concepts and promises that are rightfully mine as a child of God.

Intentionally focus on these four goals in the days ahead. And then make the confession of St. Paul your very own (Philippians 3:12-14): “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

God bless – for Jesus’ sake!