November 27, 2019 –
Individualized, Negotiable Spiritual Planning
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)
“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9).
Setting clear, concise, and specific spiritual goals and determining the best path to achieve them sounds logical. Yet, many Christians neglect to take the time to develop a Personal Spiritual Plan. They equate planning with drudgery, but spiritual planning can be fun and exciting. Planning helps to ensure you’re making the best use of your time.
Your Spiritual Plan answers the question, “What does God want to do through me to affect His Kingdom’s work?” The focus is on contribution. To ask, “What would God have me do?” is to open yourself to His direction.
Every Christian should have a Personal Spiritual Plan. And churches should teach its members how to develop and write one as soon as they become a member.
Individual spiritual plans comprise five main sections:
- Personal Spiritual Goals: What God wants you to do to affect His Kingdom’s work.
- Personal Spiritual Vision: Why you want to achieve the goal(s).
- Personal Spiritual Values: Your core beliefs of right and wrong.
- Personal Spiritual Strategy: How will you achieve the goal(s).
- Personal Spiritual Doables: What you have to do to achieve your goals.
Personal spiritual planning is designed to fit the unique characteristics of each believer. It is a known mechanism to help us reexamine our activities and to open ourselves to God’s way of pursuing the spiritual goals He wants us to achieve.
Knowing your spiritual goals can not only help you work toward making them; it can also keep you from engaging in activities that do not contribute to the attainment of your goal. Once you know the purpose, actions that once might have caused you to miss the mark now only produce a misstep
As you think more regarding personal spiritual goals, strategies, and doables, you use your time, energy, and resources differently. You always ask yourself these types of questions: “If I want to walk with God, how I will spend my time, energy, and resources?” “What is the most important thing I can do this week to help me move closer to a walk with God?”
As you achieve your personal spiritual goals, you get closer and closer to the Master Goal. Reaching a goal builds momentum for reaching new goals, which brings you even closer to your goal. The satisfaction you receive from knowing you can do it gives you an extra drive to move forward to accomplish the next target. Success breeds success.