I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
As this new year starts, what is your goal? Give up a bad habit? Start a new hobby? Renew an old passion? Goals are helpful, they keep us focused and on the right track. So, when it comes to our faith, what is our goal? In some ways this is a difficult question, because God has individual paths for each of us. However, there are a few things we know we should not be aiming for. Jesus warned his disciples against fame and power and instead called them to love and serve others. He didn’t encourage people to earn money, instead he often warned about the corrupting nature or riches. This is because our prize is in total opposition to what the world says we should be aiming for. Our prize is a life daily changed and eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
Jesus, I ask you keep my eyes fixed on the prize you have called me to. Keep me from becoming distracted by what the world says I should aim for, but instead pressing on towards you. Amen.
Today's devotion provided by Elise von Stanke, LifeWay Youth and Family Ministry Co-ordinator