45% of all Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, while only 8% actually achieve them. The more troubling number is the 55% who make no resolutions at all. Goal-setting is the beginning of a pathway to growth, improvement in certain areas of your life, and the accomplishment of greater things in the coming year. If you have not set goals for the coming year, let me help you begin by focusing on what matters most.
If you are a Christian, you are called to follow Jesus every day, always motivated by the Gospel – that is, what He has already accomplished for you. This is critical:
The most important goals that you could ever set or achieve for yourself, have already been achieved for you, by Christ Himself.
Jesus lived the perfect life on your behalf, suffered the punishment for all of your sins, and He died your death on the cross. He rose again from the grave to conquer death and hell, so that you could live the resurrected life now, and into eternity. So, the key question you face as you set your eyes on the coming year is this:
Now that Christ has already done everything necessary for your salvation, what will you do?
This question sets up all the hopes, dreams, and goals for your life in the coming year. If all that really matters has already been accomplished, you can now live without fear of failure or a need to gain the approval of others. It means that all you need to do is worship Him daily and follow Him as His Spirit leads you, one day at a time. You are now free to love others without any need for love in return, because all the love you need you have already found in Him. So, as you set more specific goals in the freedom and rest of the Gospel, begin with these key truths:
- As you pray for blessing, remember that Jesus Himself is the Blessing.
- As you pray for guidance, remember that Jesus Himself is your Guide.
- As you pray for rest, remember that Jesus Himself is your Rest.
- As you pray for joy, remember that Jesus Himself is your Joy.
- As you pray for success, remember that Jesus Himself is your Success.
- As you pray for direction, remember that Jesus Himself is the Way.
- As you pray for truth, remember that Jesus Himself is the Truth.
- As you pray for life, remember that Jesus Himself is Life.
Now, set specific goals for the coming year in light of these life-changing truths.
“… Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:11
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