“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13,14 (NIV)
What is your ultimate goal in life?
This is a good question to consider as we begin a New Year. Unfortunately, there are some that never take the time to think about their life goals. They move through life as though they were on a treadmill…taking one step after another as required by their busy life.
Paul didn’t live like that.
Paul had a goal…
His goal did not involve financial or professional success.
Paul’s goal was to live the life God planned for him until he passed into eternity with Jesus.
That life involved certain works…such as starting churches.
But that life was far more than just what Paul did… because Paul knew that he was more than an automaton for God.
Paul recognized that God also desired for him to experience a rich abundant life.
Prominent in Paul’s letters is the word peace.
As a learned Jewish scholar, Paul would have thought of peace in terms of the Hebrew word shalom.
Shalom is a rich word that on one level means peace but its root also carries the concept of completeness or wholeness.
Paul’s goal was to live the full and complete life God had planned for him.
Central to that life was the theme of peace.
A study of the word peace in Paul’s letters reveals that he used the word in three ways.
Paul wrote about peace with ourselves…peace with others…and peace with God.
Ultimately, I would suggest that our goal in life would be the same as Paul’s…to live the full and complete life God has planned for us.
A life in which we strive for peace with ourselves…peace with others…and peace with Him.
A life filled with works…and a life also filled with times of joy and rest.
The abundant life…a life well worth striving for.
Prayer: Lord, lead me into the complete life You have planned for me…so that I may bring You the glory you deserve.