Every year at this time, I envision what changes I’m going to make in my life over the next year. They usually have to do with changing my eating habits (my thorn in the flesh!). I have to admit, this year is no different.
I have also set some spiritual goals around this time of year and many times have had better results than my other goals. How is your walk with God right now? Would you like to grow in your relationship with Him?
2 Timothy 2:15 says,”Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” The word diligent means that you have to give it some effort and stick to it. As you recognize that your walk with the Lord is your most important relationship here on earth, it makes it easier to make it a priority.[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#67b1e0″ class=”” size=”26″]”A real relationship with God changes the way we think, act, and live.”[/pullquote]
I think many don’t prioritize their relationship with God because they believe it has no impact on their daily lives. That is so sad! A real relationship with God changes the way we think, act, and live. What could be more important than flourishing in that relationship?
My challenge to you… set some spiritual goals. Ask God what He wants you to do to grow in your relationship to Him. Growing in your relationship with God does require diligence. It doesn’t happen by accident.
It reminds me of an old story I once heard. There was an old man who owned an barn. Someone passing through one day went by the barn and saw a bunch of targets drawn on the barn. Every target was hit dead center. The passerby exclaimed to the old man, “WOW, you’re a great shot!!!” The old man said, “No, I drew the targets on the barn after I shot the holes.”
The point of the story is that you can’t hit what you don’t aim for! I want 2016 to be your best year ever! I want your relationship with God to be amazing with growth and excitement.
Do you have some spiritual goals? Maybe your goal is to read the Bible every day. Your goal might be to begin a prayer journal. Your goal might be to increase your giving to your local church. Again, ask God what He wants your goals to be for next year.
Setting spiritual goals is one thing. Accomplishing them can many times happen through accountability to the body of Christ. Be accountable to another believer. Let someone else in your spiritual world to help you. We need each other! Encourage each other as you grow your relationship with God.
If you’re bold enough, I encourage you to share your spiritual goals as a comment to this post. Let’s grow together in 2016 as God accomplishes His purposes through His Church.