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Maturing Changes Goals

 

(Philippians 3:13-14) “Brothers, I do not consider myself to have embraced it yet. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus.”

(1 Corinthians 13:11) “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways.”

(Philippians 4:13) “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

 

 

Do you remember what your answer was when they asked you as a child what you wanted to be when you grew up? Most of us probably answered by saying, movie star, policeman, astronaut, beauty queen, singer, athlete, any of the famous celebrities we see on TV, or simply what our parents had as a career. These were our goals then and we sincerely believed they could be attained.

However, as we matured in life, for most of us, those goals became more and more distant as the reality of life set in and we realized that there were probably more important things in life than those goals. There is nothing wrong with these goals and one should always pursue their passions in life regardless of what anyone says.

However, as we mature in our walk with Jesus, our goals need to mature as well and be aligned with a greater purpose than ourselves. As a child, we thought about the glamour, fame, and riches we could attain. As an adult, we need to focus on the greater good for humanity and the eternal purpose of God. I am not saying ‘don’t think big’, what I am saying is that whatever you dream of becoming when submitted and matured in God’s hands, it will be bigger and better.

Growing up, my dreams and goals also changed with time. I started off wanting to be like Amitabh Bachchan (a Bollywood Actor), then like Rambo in the American Army, then a singer like Bon Jovi or a guitar player like Gary More, then a Chiropractor, and so on and so forth. However, as I aligned myself with God’s plan, I started to see that my goals and dreams had matured and they no longer were centered on my gain, my fame, and my desires in life, but rather, they had a much deeper impact in society and had the power to turn around the lives of all those I encountered. These goals matured from being selfish and carnal to being sanctified and eternal.

I’d rather have the anointing of the Holy Spirit like Peter, a simple fisherman, than all the money, fame, and talent Michael Jackson ever had. The anointing was such that sick and paralyzed people were put by the roadside knowing that when Peter’s shadow would fall upon them as he walked by, they would be healed.

 

 

(“Someday you’ll look back and realize how small your goals were. You’ll ask, ‘Why did I settle for so little?’ Remember, your present feelings and opinions are not permanent, so don’t build your future on them. Others don’t have to understand your goals or even agree with them. Thank God for His goodness to you in the past, but get ready for what He’s got for you next” – Bob Gass)

 

 


Prayers

• Father we thank you for Your good Spirit, The Counsellor, The Spirit of supplication.
• Thank You for watching over us and wanting us to grow.
• Forgive us for being stagnant in our dreams and goals.
• Forgive us for not maturing in our knowledge of You and for still desiring the things that immature spiritual men desire.
• Help us to align our desires, goals and dreams with your eternal purpose.
• We do not want to be like children again, that do not face reality or the urgency of Your call in our lives.
• Thank You that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us.
• Jesus, let our greatest goal be to imitate You and do greater things than what You did here on earth.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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