May 1, 2019 –
Ask the wrong question, and you get the wrong answer. Ask the right question, and you get the correct answer. Asking, what do I want to do is the wrong question. Inviting God to tell you what He wants to carry out through you is the right question. He will give the correct answer.
Of all God’s creation, humankind is the only creature with the ability to plan his or her future. The Bible says God conceived, planned and created the world and all that is in it. God envisioned a desirable future and then created a plan for making that future a reality. God created man in His image. So, men and women have this same ability to conceive, plan and create. We are creative people.
Many Christians are guilty of spending more time planning for their worldly success than for their spiritual success. They don’t take the time to develop spiritual goals, strategies, and doables that will challenge them
Many people are familiar with the process of business planning. A growing number are trained in setting goals, developing a strategy and listing the essential Doables needed to carry out the plan to accomplish the goal. But, few people have applied the planning process to their personal life, much less their spiritual growth.
A church should have a staff member or key church member to lead in teaching membership in the art of personal spiritual planning. We need a leader to explain, motivate, show how, and critique each members plan.
Spiritual planning begins with a fundamental question, “What does God want to accomplish through me?” The answer to this question is the goal God has for you. Scripture says He has a plan for you. “For I know the plans I have for you plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, HCSB).
By knowing God’s plan for you, can you can, “Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be achieved. (Proverbs 16:3, HCSB). It’s God’s plan for you; your contribution is to focus on and carry out the actions required to accomplish the goal.
Goal setting is not about your plan, it’s about God’s plan for you.