The Power of Goals
By Tony Stoltzfus
Have you ever thought that God sets goals? For instance, when He told Abraham that his descendants would be like the sand on the seashore, God was proclaiming an objective he was committed to reaching. That’s what goal-setting is: declaring a specific future objective and committing yourself to reach it.
Jesus set goals as well. Luke states that, “When the days drew
near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to
The story of Jesus journey to
Clarifying, solidifying and measuring commitment is what a goal does for you. But even more important is what it allows God to do on your behalf. God has chosen to involve us in His work as co-laborers. That means that some things he intends to do (often things he wants to do for you!) depend on your cooperation.
Stop for a moment and think of something that you need to start doing in the next few months—something that is on God’s agenda for your life. At this point, you have an idea of what you want to do, maybe even an intention to do it, but you probably haven’t made a commitment to do it. Turning that idea into a goal is a decisive choice: it turns your “want” into “will”. And when you align your will with God’s will for your life, your decision unleashes the power of God on your behalf. For instance, if you say, “Someday I’d like to start a small group for guys,” that’s a nice idea. However, if you say, “I will start a small group for guy who are seekers in the next 60 days,” you’ll likely be amazed at the people God sends you who are looking for just that kind of thing. When we choose to act, God begins to act on our behalf.
Several years ago I set a 40-year goal to replicate myself intensively into 400 leaders in my lifetime. As I began reorienting my life to reach that goal, God began to act, too: on a far larger scale than I was envisioning! Less than a year later I was invited into a much larger leadership sphere, and in only five years I’d achieved that goal and more. So I reset the target, much higher this time. And again I see God beginning to move on a scale that I didn’t have the faith to think possible.
Setting goals for your walk with God can have a powerful impact on your future. It’s a worthy aim to earn a bonus at work, get in shape, or save for your kids’ college fund. But Paul says, “Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (I Tim 4:7-8). As you think about setting a goal to work on with your peer, ask yourself, “What does God want to do in me this year?” It could transform your life!
From The Peer Coaching Workbook by Tony Stoltzfus