Goal-oriented people are achievers. A specific target generates energy and drive. And we have the best possible goal and target.
"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus ... For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself." (Philippians 3.14,20-21)
Perhaps a good motto to summarize the goal would be, "working and watching as we await His return." That is, in essence, the great goal. With Spirit-inspired zeal, we "press on" with kingdom work and personal discipline. We are ever mindful that our true citizenship is not with the land we live in, but the government to come. That heavenly government is destined to take up residence on earth, and we "eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ," to come from there. And when He does, it will change everything! Our humble, aging, decaying mortal body will instantly resemble the glorified resurrection body of Jesus.
I've lived long enough to know that my mortal life will increasingly be characterized by diminished energy and abilities in my remaining years. That's not a pessimistic view, but rather a realistic one. That reality generates even more drive for kingdom work, and yearning for the fulfillment of hope.
May the day of His coming be soon, and may that day find us truly goal-oriented and fully engaged both in work and lifestyle.
©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission