We set various goals for our lives; for example, for our health, our finances, our careers, and our relationships, including the most important relationship of our lives – the relationship we have with God. I am learning that all of these goals are subsumed in the goal stated in 2 Corinthians 5: 9, “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it” (NIV).
We do not have to strive to earn God’s love. He has freely given it to us. We do not have to strive to earn His acceptance. We are already accepted in the Beloved. But we must make it our goal to please Him. Taking care of our bodies is pleasing to Him because our bodies are His temple and we honor Him by engaging in self-care. We please Him by being good stewards of the finances and other resources with which He blesses us. We please Him when we love others as He loves us. And, as Philippians 2:13, states, He gives us both the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Saturday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Goal.”