June 12, 2019 –
Spiritual planning is not determining how many Bible verses to read daily, how many minutes or hours to spend in prayer, how often to attend worship, or how much money to give and then working out a scorecard to evaluate how well you do.
Spiritual planning is not a mere aggregation of activities or a programmed way of behavior. It is a God-centered systematic approach to decision-making that over time, focuses Christians on God-directed actions that enable them to achieve the desired goal.
SPIRITUAL PLANNING IS
Spiritual planning is a process that works from ends to means, from effect to cause, from results to actions. In Spiritual planning, you first identify your goals then, working backward, decide how (strategy) and what (doables) you have to do to achieve the goals. Spiritual planning asks, “If I want to walk with God, what do I need to do to move in His direction?”
Spiritual planning goes beyond present religious activities and asks fundamental questions: “In what spiritual paradigm am I?” “What spiritual paradigm should I be in?” “How do I get there?” “Why should I be headed there?”
Spiritual planning plays a significant role in the believer’s ability to make a spiritual paradigm change. So, it’s essential to set goals, incorporate strategies, see your vision, and develop doables to achieve your goal. Without a spiritual plan, you may lack direction, become confused, discouraged, and ineffective.
Spiritual planning gives focus. Once developed, your plan cuts down on wasted effort and reduces stress caused by indecision. When faced with a choice, you can decide with greater assurance. You have a sense of direction and priority. You eliminate doubt.
Knowing the benefits of spiritual planning can help develop a sense of urgency in developing your plan for walking with God.