As adults, we know many things about goals. We have seen goals failed to reach and goals exceeded. We remember the joy of goals reached and the pain of goals failed. We can look back upon our lives and see many moments where goals moved us forward.
In the Bible, we also see a lot of Scriptures about goals. Paul writes in Philippians 3:12-16:
“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.”
In our Christian walk, there is a goal set before us to become like Jesus. We are to focus our eyes on Jesus and make Him the goal of everything we do. And the reason the writer of Hebrews calls it a race is because this goal, unlike the ones in Christ, cannot be fully attained until we reached eternity. Unfortunately, only the return of Christ will complete this goal.
This is why LifeGroup leadership can be difficult at times. Because, unlike our work environments, the goal of completely being like Jesus is never completed on this earth. We must constantly work on various areas of our lives to become more like Jesus. But, although the ultimate goal cannot be completed in this life, we can still set other minor goals to continue the race. I think of these goals like mile markers on the interstate: they help you know how far along the race you have run.
PRODUCTIVE STUDY GOAL:
Just like our relationships study, I would like to hear stories out of your LifeGroups on the various impacts the Productive study is making on your LifeGroup members lives by setting a clear goal from the beginning.
THE GOAL: One story of a group member that begins to see their work as a part of their mission for God.
Just think about this goal: what if our people started seeing their work as a part of the mission of God? How would this impact the city of New Orleans? I believe we would begin to see co-workers, employees, and our people transformed by Christ in all that they do.
So, this week, set the mile marker for your LifeGroup members and see what God might do through a clear goal.