So 2014 is right around the corner! And resolutions really don’t help me much.
Just like building muscles, it takes time and energy and discipline to get where you want to be. Likewise, spiritually it takes a lot of time and discipline and prayer and bible study to grow. So why do we make such an emphasis on this “suddenness” of change? Does it really work that way?
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
In the context of the whole chapter, the writer was talking about how it’s not an easy road following Christ. And it takes time to get there! Sometimes, as he put it, it feels painful, rather than pleasant.
So that basically sets us up to some questions, like, whats wrong with setting goals? Well, nothing, really. Depends on your heart. If you expect your goals in of themselves to become the reason you “change” (to the point of idolatry) then you’ll be living for that “next thing” to achieve in yourself, and not for Christ.
Conversely, if you’re planning on making goals in a Christ-like manner, following biblical principles, and making glorifying Christ in how he changes you through submitting to him, that’s a whole new thing!
Goals are then viewed in a whole new light, working on anything becomes another way to serve Christ and let Him live through you. Because as iv’e tried so many times, changing myself doesn’t work for long, it never ultimately changes my heart. Only Christ can do that!
So I hope that this coming year we all make goals in our lives, but goals that are Christ-centered, not us-centered.
Thanks for reading!