Friday, February 21, 2014

The Ultimate Goal

Read: John 17:1-5

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.                                                                                                     John 17:4 

     In every area of work or sports, there are goals that the people involved in them are striving toward. In football, the ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl. In baseball, the ultimate goal is to win the World Series. In hockey, it is to win the Stanley Cup. In research, it is to find a cure for this sickness or that disease. In business, the ultimate goal is to land the big-money deal or to boost the company’s bottom line. Whatever the field, there are plateaus that everyone is trying to reach.
     It ought to be the goal of every Christian to say as Christ said in John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” God gives to some people greater and more difficult tasks than he gives to others. To some, God gives the responsibility of giving their lives to pastor a church in the United States. To others, He asks them to give up all the comforts of home to serve Him on a foreign mission field. God may ask some to get a business degree and serve Him in their job by witnessing for Him. He may ask another to serve Him by devoting time reaching the poor or downtrodden. Whatever it is that God has for you, you ought to do it to the best of your ability, and you ought to strive to accomplish the goal that He has laid out for you.
     In each of the fields already mentioned, as well as in so many others, those who are aiming toward a goal will spend exorbitant amounts of time training and studying to be the best that they can be so that they will be able to accomplish their goal and win the highest prize. We, as Christians, must do the same. We must spend time reading and studying the Word of God, praying for God’s guidance and direction for each day, and making sacrifices that will help us to do exactly what God has for our lives.
     Can you imagine the joy that we will have if, after we have done everything that we possibly could for the cause of Christ, we can stand before Him some day and honestly say, “I have glorified you with my life on earth, and I have finished the job that You gave me to do”?

Quote of the day: “To know God’s will is life’s greatest treasure – to do God’s will is life’s greatest pleasure.”

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