The beginning of a new year always brings about thoughts of setting new goals or maybe revisiting old ones that we never quite accomplished from years past. I recognize that everyone is different, and some people thrive on having goals set for them. While others would rather just kind of take life as it comes. The problem with setting goals is the pressure to hit those goals and dealing with the guilt of not making them. I guess it’s not just goals, but the ability to accomplish any task that we set before us, or someone sets for us.

There is great satisfaction when a goal is reached, and a task completed. Then there are feelings of regret and failure when they are not accomplished. The question I ask is what happened? Why did I not get what I wanted to get done accomplished? I think there is one underlying truth to every task and goal that is not reached. The purpose was not totally understood. It is hard to reach a goal or accomplish a task when we do not totally understand why we are doing what we are supposed to be doing.

Think about the life of Jesus just for a moment. What was His purpose for being born and living this life? What was the goal of His ministry? Was it not to die for the sins of man and draw them into a relationship with God so that we may have eternal life with Him? Have you ever thought what would have happened if Jesus would have fulfilled His goals and purpose as faithful as we do? Good possibility we would all be in heap big trouble.

How was Jesus able to fulfill the goal and task of His life? He completely understood His purpose and task. He understood it early and it was the anchor that held Him when the enemy of the world tried to get Him sidetracked. His purpose was cemented in the word of the Father. Luke 4:18-19, “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” Jesus was able to fulfill that which He was called because He kept this purpose ever before Him. Even when the devil approached Him and tried to get Him sidetracked, Jesus knew to stay focused. If He did not all would be lost and He used His most powerful weapon, God’s word. 

My challenge I would present is to really know what the Lord wants us to do and find scripture to back that up. When the world tries to sidetrack us, and it will, we can quote the very scripture of our purpose in the face of the enemy and continue on our path to fulfilling our call. What is the scripture that speaks to your call and purpose? If you don’t know, look, and see that our call and purpose is backed by God’s word and there is nothing more powerful than that.