I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.
Phil 3:13-14 (NKJV)
Goal is defined as “the end point or target in a race or a game” http://www.dictionary.com
In life we all want to achieve and be great. If you ask a few young children “what do you want to be when you grow up”?
These might be their responds; When I grow up; “I want to be a doctor”, “uho I want to be an astronaut “, “I wanna be a fire-fighter, yeaaah”, “I want to be a footballer, score lots of goals”, “I want to be a lawyer”…, and their responds can go on and on, and am sure every child will have a good reason as to why they’ve chosen what they have chosen; but whatever theirs are, what you can see is a desire to be great even from a young age. Every human alive has that same desire to be great and that’s why we set goals or target marks in life. “By this time next week or next year (or whatever timescale is set), I want to be doing this” or “I want to be here”. So we set goals for ourselves.
If you go back a few years later to those same children who were asked what they wanted to be when they grow up and ask “have you achieved your goals yet, or are you on the right track?” The likelihood of those children changing their career choice is very high. The change in career choice is not because these goals were childish goals or unattainable, it is because somewhere down the line their vision changed (some of them probably never even had a vision in the first place).
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”. Prov 29:18 (KJV)
A vision is the power or sense of sight. In other words, vision is the ability to still see what you want to achieve in spite of what is surrounding you. As Christians, our ultimate goal is heaven. But while still on earth our goal is to, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Mat 28:19)
Jesus wants us as His disciples to bring more people to the knowledge of Him. But the issue is our vision changes over the years. People go from being “kingdom focused” to getting a job/career, being married, raising a family and so on. I’m not saying all this things are bad, but what I’m saying is many of these things changes or even obscures our goal. We’re less focused on the things of God and more focused on other things. Having an obscured or unclear vision will change our focus which in turn changes the goal.
When you read Numbers 13, God asked Moses to send out twelve spices to spy out the Promise Land. When they came back, ten out of twelve came back with bad report and because of that, God said the ten that brought bad report and those that complained will not get to the Promised Land. Only Caleb, his descendant, Joshua and the younger generation to come will enter the Promised Land. The problem was Joshua and Caleb had to wait another forty-five years. Forty-Five more years! (I would have gone crazy). But they didn’t, if you read Joshua 14:7-12, you’ll see Caleb’s vision didn’t change. Why? Because his vision was fixed on God.
“So give me this hill country that GOD promised me. You yourself heard the report, that the Anakim were there with their great fortress cities. If GOD goes with me, I will drive them out, just as GOD said.” Joshua 14:12 (MSG)
When we fix our vision on the right thing or right person, our goal will remain the same. Even when things change around us, the main goal still remains the same.
Fix your eyes on Him.