The Servant’s Primary Goal
2 Corinthians 5:9
3-16-21, * -- It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our life's primary goal constantly in front of us. 'We make it our aim..." It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have revivals, but seeking “to be well pleasing to the Lord Jesus.”
It's not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack of focused effort, working to keep on the right goal. At least once a week we should examine ourselves before God to see if our life is measuring up to His commands and precepts.
The Apostle Paul was like a musician who gives no thought to audience approval, if he can only catch a look of approval from his "Conductor."
Any goal we have that diverts us even to the slightest degree from the central goal of being “approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15) may result in rejection from further service for Him. When we discern where the goal leads, we understand why it's so necessary to keep “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2).
Paul spoke of the importance of controlling his own body so that it would not take him in the wrong direction. He said, “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest…I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).
Our worth to God publicly is measured by what we really are privately. Is our primary goal in this earthly life, no matter how lofty it may sound, be to please Him and to be acceptable to Him, or is it something less? Source Archives Oswald Chambers
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