2 Corinthians 5:9 What Is Your Goal?

 

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So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Goal setting is something that every successful person states is a requirement to do in order to accomplish anything. Setting a goal gives a person something to aim for. Without any goals set, a person will just aim at nothing and will just wander around never really getting anywhere.

One of the most common goals that people are told to make is in investing for a future retirement, setting money aside. Often people who have this goal will begin by setting aside some money on a regular basis. A little here, a little there and it begins to add up. Without a goal, people will spend every penny they have and leave nothing for retirement.

There are an infinite number of goals that a person can make. Some are houses, things, positions, marriage, education, titles, travels, and the list goes on. Those who set and focus on their goals, can usually obtain them, if they put the needed work into it.

While there is nothing necessarily wrong with these goals, the believer should have a different, higher set of goals. Goals to reach the lost, to be more like Jesus, to know God’s word more, to pray more, to minister more, and the list goes on. However, there is one goal that Paul recognized and aimed for that will include all other goals. That goal is to please God.

As a believer sets the goal to please God many things will happen. He will turn away from sin, pray more, be more of a witness, disciple more, encourage more, serve more, worship more and again, the list goes on.

The benefit of pleasing God is that it is an eternal goal with eternal benefits. This goal is with the believer in life and in death. The rest of the goals that this world likes to set are just temporary and will not last forever. Once a person dies, it is over.

Take a look at your own life. What goals are you setting?

There is nothing wrong with setting the temporary goals, but the goal of pleasing God should be number one in your life.

How are you doing at working at pleasing God with your whole life? Are you pleasing Him just on Sunday, or everyday of the week?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your goal will be to please God; that God will give you an eternal perspective on life; and that your life will be one that God will be pleased with.

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2 Corinthians 5:9 What Is Your Goal?

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So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Paul had been talking about the physical body as being temporary. There will come a time when it will be destroyed, but God will give a new better body that will last for eternity. In this way a person it to live by faith in what God said He would do. In the process of living by faith, a person must make it the goal of his life to please God, regardless of where they are.

Pleasing another person is not something uncommon. Some people in the workplace work to please the boss, doing whatever it takes to please him. Children who adore their dad will often do what it takes to please him. A boy who loves a girl will do what it takes to please her in order to win her heart over to him.

Often the reason for pleasing another person is a selfish reason. It is to gain something for self, rather than to help the other person out. In the workplace this is seen when a person is striving to get a promotion, rather than just doing his job.

Believers should have the goal to please God. No one has to work to please God to get something, God has already given it or promised it. God has already given the believer everything needed, before the work to please God was ever started. God has promised a new body and an eternal life with Him to every believer. For these reasons alone there is more than enough reason to want to please God.

The ways to please God is to live for Jesus and obey all of His commands. All of those commands are summed up in loving God and loving others. When a person is doing those two things, God is pleased.

Take a look at your life and ask yourself what is your goal. Who are you trying to please?

Pleasing another person may be acceptable, but it is only temporary. Pleasing God is something that is eternal and reaps eternal benefits.

There will always be a new opportunity to please God with what you do and say in this life. Seek to please Him as you live by faith knowing that God has a reward of eternal life for you in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live by faith in God; and that you will strive to please God in all that you say and do.