Many commentators have named the World Cup series as “the greatest show on earth”. How similar is this setting of goals and achieving them in our lives? All through life’s journey we set goals for ourselves; we pursue some and achieve only a handful and we believe that we have met with success.
Goal-setting gives us a plan and direction that we wish to take in our studies, career and personal life, such as when we will get married and at what age we will retire. Careful and wise people set goals that are achievable; they know their strengths and weaknesses and all available resources.
Just like all those skilful, well-trained world-class footballers, we know the importance of having goals and attaining them – it is the victory. All of life’s journey is the challenge of reaching this goal, and yet another, as there will always be some new challenge on the horizon.
The Christian has only one goal to achieve and that is running the “race”* and completing it with the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. We are coached daily to “seek after the heart of God”. This goal surpasses all others.
Just as in competitive sport, single-mindedness, vigorous and demanding discipline is required of us to win. We learn about our opponents’ strategies to defeat us; we are tempted to fall away from our daily training but the Coach calls us back to stay on His team as He will sustain us.
Christ Jesus never lost sight of His goal: going to the Cross so that we will be forgiven by God.
With God’s guidance, and God-given wisdom and courage in living our lives we will surely one day score that One Goal and see His face to receive “the heavenly prize”*. This victory will not be a “show” but our greatest achievement through Jesus Christ.
The Rev James Nagulan is the President of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference.
THE ULTIMATE GOAL
“The Christian has only one goal to achieve and that is running the “race” and completing it with the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. We are coached daily to “seek after the heart of God”. This goal surpasses all others.”
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”