God is the only Light which can give us a true, clear vision for our future: His “high calling” for our life.
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14 (KJV)
The “high calling of God” is different for each of us. It’s His perfect will, His best plan for our life. Our gifts,talents, and passions are unique. But, like a runner, without a clear vision of the finish line, we’ll have no momentum or direction to reach the goal of God’s high calling.
The Lord answered me: “Write down the vision; write it clearly on clay tablets so whoever reads it can run to tell others.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NCV)
How, then, do we discover what that vision is for us personally?
This past weekend, Pastor Mac Hammond presented the second installment in his series “On Your Mark”. In it, he gave several key points for doing just that.
- Study and pray: Goals must be in line with the Word of God if He is to guide us to reach them. God’s Light reveals general goals when we study the Bible — Romans 12;2 (NKJV), 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) — and individual goals when we seek the leading of the Holy Spirit in prayer. — 1 Corinthians. 2:9-12 (NLT). Romans 8:26 (NLT)
- Recognize our individual passions and desires: When we seek God first, He plants within us desires which are clues to part of His plan for us. Prayerfully orient life according to those desires. Ask God to reveal the next steps in living them out in a way that glorifies Him and blesses others. Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)
- Write it down: List your desires. As you pray about them specifically or the vision as a whole, write down anything that comes to you. Even if it’s a single word. He will help you remember what He’s revealing later as you reread this. Habakkuk 2:2 (NCV)
- Don’t leave anything out: Get specific. Pray about even the most mundane and seemingly ordinary aspects of the goals you want to reach, the areas that are difficult and the ones you’ve mastered. He will reveal specific steps you need to take. Psalm 139:2 (NCV), Matthew 10:30 (NCV)
- Forget the past: Ask Him to help you overcome internal and external obstacles.Don’t think you’ve gone as far as you can go because of limited experience or education, past failure, or rejection. Philippians 3:13 (NCV)
- Count the cost: There is always a price for reaching the goal. Time, effort, or material resources. Before you begin to pursue the goal, determine whether the prize, the end result of the goal, outweighs that cost. If you don’t value the objective of the vision more than the time, energy, or money required to achieve it, you will eventually give up the goal. Luke 14:28 (NLT)
5 Biblical points to succeed in reaching a goal:
- Clearly define your goal. Don’t be vague in naming your goal. (If the goal is a better marriage, define “better”) Habakkuk 2:2 (NCV)
- Believe you can get there! Philippians 4:13 (NCV), Mark 8:11
- Have a plan of action. Set intermediate, measurable goals, so you can see your successes as you progress. Adjust the plan as needed. James 2:17 (NIV). Even God makes plans Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
- Have the courage to act. Joshua 1:6-7 (NLT).
- Be consistent in effort to reach the goal. Hebrews 6:12 (AMP)
All of this can only be accomplished when we focus our thoughts on the Light we receive from the Word of God and the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
What vision Has God revealed for your life?
The complete message:
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- http://readfreshmanna.blogspot.com/ (Fresh Mana by Pastor Tim Burt) Scroll to find the other posts in this series on finding God’s perfect will for your life.
- The Journey Begins (thereformedwesleyan.com)