If You Get Where You Going, Where Will You Be?

Philippians 3:12-15 NCV 12 I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal, but I continue trying to reach it and to make it mine. Christ wants me to do that, which is the reason he made me his. 13 Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above. 15 All of us who are spiritually mature should think this way, too. And if there are things you do not agree with, God will make them clear to you.

Certain roads lead to certain predictable destinations. The path we are on will either lead to reward or regret.

Dilemmas of Achievement

1. Some goals are not worth getting to.

2. Some great goals worth getting to are ruined by the path we take to get to them.

Goals are your plans for your life. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll get behind.

That goal – Recognize the need to improve

My goal – Prioritize your goal

The goal – Materialize into existence your goal

Things you have to know to travel towards your destination:

1. Destination

2. Route

3. Timetable

4. Price of trip

5. Passenger’s name

You go through life by design or by default. Either you set goals or someone else is doing it for you.

I. Christian goals should always be a statement of faith. Ephesians 3:20 MSG – God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.I

I. Goals should be:

A. Specific

B. Measurable

C. Attainable

D. Relevant

E. Time bound

III. Goals must focus our energy and keep us from side streets wasting our time. 1 Kings 20:39-40 NIV – 39 As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.’ 40 While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.” “That is your sentence,” the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.” 1 Corinthians 9:26 NCV – So I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air. The things you need to do, prioritize, and forget everything else.

IV. Your goal is what gets you through trouble.

Job 6:11 NLT – But I don’t have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for. Psalm 23:4 NLT – Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. John 14:6 NLT – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

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