Are you a goal setter? Did you set or reach any of your goals for 2018? What stood in your way or helped you on your way?
Many set short-term goals to encourage them in meeting long-term goals, realizing the process of success is found in counting the cost, taking one step at a time, and keeping focused.
COUNTING THE COST: Determining the worth, time, and reward of success in meeting your goal.
Jesus taught this principle, in Luke 14:28-35, to the multitudes when he set the goal of discipleship before them.
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”
Jesus continues with the illustration of a king going to war and then the conclusion.
“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
ONE STEP AT A TIME: To reach the end you must begin at the beginning, choosing to pay the cost.
Ruth, the Psalmist, and Moses are three, of many, biblical examples who made the choice.
“And Ruth said,
Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee:
for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge;
thy people, shall be my people, and thy God my God:” Ruth 1:16.
She counted the cost, made the choice, and never looked back.
“I have chosen thy way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies; O LORD, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.” Psalm 119:30-32.
In choosing, the Psalmist recognized success depended on God’s word and work in his heart.
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:
for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26.
Moses made his choice and completed his goal keeping before him the worth of his goal.
KEEPING FOCUSED: The cost counted, the choice made, now comes persevering to the end.
Paul and Jesus show us how to attain success through keeping focused.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13, 14.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:1-4.
One final thought: Are your goals worthy?
Jesus made plain the truly worthy goals.
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you; for him hath God the Father sealed.” John 6:27.
If you are given this year of 2019, how do plan to succeed in meeting your goals? Have you counted the cost and made your choice? How will you persevere to success? How do you define success?
By God’s grace and direction one goal I hope to achieve begins with this post. Each month I will introduce a principle of success as seen in God’s word. My plan is to post Success 2019 once a week. I also plan to keep working on the Walking with Jesus series posting once a week . The purpose of these goals is to encourage and strengthen us in the word of God as we travel through this new year. Join me next week for Success 2019, January, Part 2. And may all bring honor and glory to our King in 2019.