Today is the first day of a new year, and I have been considering my goals for myself for this year. Who do I want to be at the end of this year? What do I want to accomplish this year? I know I need to set goals for myself, so that I can be working towards becoming more than I am now. If we do not set goals for ourselves, then nothing is what we do and nothing is what we accomplish. Many people will set out to lose weight or commit to working out on a regular basis and improving their overall physical health. In fact, this is probably the most commonly set “resolution” this time of year. The physical body is important, and we all should take better care of ourselves, but what other things should one consider?
Imagine for a moment that you set out on a journey to become a terrible husband or father this year. Does that sound strange to you? No man would choose such a goal for himself, would he? Like it or not, we all choose this goal and others like it when we are not intentional about our spiritual growth.
Whatever you feed will live, and whatever you starve will die. If you are not reading and studying God’s Word and striving to become more like Christ on a regular basis, then you are starving your soul and feeding your carnal nature. There is no middle ground, here, guys. You feed either one or the other at any given time.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
The concept of this verse is that you cannot serve God while you are serving yourself (or that which is in opposition to God). If you are not intentionally putting in the effort to become better than you are right now, then you are sliding down that slope of spiritual growth towards carnality. There is no standing still in spiritual growth – one moves either toward God or away from Him. Therefore, the question for you is this: “What are you doing, right now, to become more than you are?”
Maybe you need to set some goals or make some changes in your life. Whatever the case may be for you, nothing changes when you change nothing. Be careful, men, what you feed this year, whether your own desires or the will of God. One must grow and the other must diminish. Consider the words of Paul as a guide for you as you set your goals for the coming year:
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)