August 7, 2019 –
“Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Sound spiritual planning starts with having the right goal. While there may be many spiritual goals, there is only one Master Spiritual Goal, and it is easily defined. From the beginning, the Master Spiritual Goal for all people has been the same. Humanity was created to fellowship with God. In creating Adam and Eve, God’s goal was that they walk with Him. He provided for all their needs and gave them dominion over all His other creation. As long as they walked with Him, they fulfilled their goal. When they got sidetracked and chose to pursue another goal—self-determination—they broke fellowship and no longer walked with God.
Down through the ages, God’s Master Spiritual Goal for all people remained the same as it was for the first created couple—God created people to walk, fellowship, and commune with Him. Therefore, the Christian’s single most important goal is to walk with God, and everything he or she does is a means to achieve the target.
Because people invest their time, talent and possessions in those things that help them reach their goals, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the Master Spiritual Goal. Failure to achieve happiness and peace with God is traceable to incomplete or false definitions of the Master Spiritual Goal. It is impossible to achieve what you can’t correctly define. So, God defines the Master Spiritual Goal.
Confronted with the question, “Are you walking with God?” most Christians would answer, “No.” But they should not take this as a sign they are failing. They should look at it as just falling short of the Master Spiritual Goal.