This is the time of year when you start to hear people talking about their resolutions or goals for the next year. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember and probably even longer than that. 🙂 It’s natural for us to have goals–short-term and long-term. For example, washing clothes or filling out that job application might not happen if someone didn’t set it as a goal to be completed.
Having goals has even crept into the church as evidenced by today’s devotion (Working Towards Our Goal). I have been in churches that have had goals of a certain number of members, a certain number of people involved in ministries, a certain number of professions of faith, and the big one, a certain amount of money collected to fund the church and its ministries. Once more, it is good to plan and to have goals. If planning didn’t happen, there would be no way to know what even has the possibility of being accomplished.
All good things can have a bad side though, and this is especially true in Western society. There are some people who have a tendency to be goal-oriented to the exclusion of anything else. Too focused on the goal to notice the sad and lonely person. Too busy accomplishing the goal to notice their spouse needs them. Too overwhelmed by the goal to notice that God is trying to talk to them. This is why, like everything else in life, having goals can involve good things as well as bad and why we should listen to God through it all.
There’s another reason we need to be careful about setting goals in our churches especially when we are raising money. Once the goal has been reached, some people might say they don’t need to do anything else in the church since they contributed. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Like I said yesterday, God gave us all certain gifts, and He wants us to use them in the body of believers. No, our job is not over when a capital campaign is done. It is just beginning.
God’s blessings on all of you today!