The Best Goal for a Christian – is it YOUR goal?

If you read motivational books, no doubt you have heard of the importance of setting goals. Without setting goals we tend to drift and we don’t achieve great results. Without strong goals all we tend to do is “get by”.

Some motivational books encourage us to choose any goal we like. Could be a large house in a good neighborhood paid off, or a certain kind of car, or holiday. It might be a career achievement. The books then go on to give you some principles through which you can achieve your stated goals.

I have a problem with this because it is true concerning all truly born again Christians that we are “not our own”. We belong to God. Therefore, in going after goals, we must be sure they are the ones pleasing the LORD.

God tells us that might, riches, wisdom and strength are nothing in his eyes compared to “knowing Him”. That is, to know God personally.

Jer 9:23 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
Jer 9:24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

To what extent can we say we reliably know and obey the voice of God (however it may come to us)?

I have known Christians who could identify the diseases present in a small group of people, which God wanted to heal. I have known Christians who could tell me what was going on in my life and where it was going in the short as well as the long term. AT TIMES I have received grace to do this for others as well. What I have experienced has led me to believe that KNOWING GOD to a significant degree is a very possible, if fairly rare, attainment. We should go after it.

I know a man in Christ who has received the designs of amazing inventions from the Lord. I have known people who when you just get physically near to them you experience a heightened sense of the LORD’s presence. There are people today who can weep all night for lost souls. Only God knows the true eternal impact of such people.

There is infinite variety in the ways we could know God, since God is infinitely rich in character and there is an infinite amount about God to know. We should never think the quest to know God would be boring. Difficult at times, yes – boring, no.

Looking at the example of Jesus Himself, and also the apostle Paul confirms that this was their core motivation – to truly know God. It stands to reason that God is better than anything He has created – including people, wisdom, knowledge, pleasure, sex …

Jesus talked all the time about His relationship with the Father. That was the relationship which strengthened Him in His entire earthly ministry. The Father was the ultimate value for Jesus.

Paul said that all the pedigree he had as a religious man, and whatever else he may have lost, was all dung compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ.

Are you in touch with that truth or is it just a bland idea to you? The blind man who cannot see, does not have a basis to understand what He is missing out on. So many times, we don’t understand either.

Therefore, embrace the wisdom to make TRULY knowing God and His voice your highest priority.

That will mean obeying God, even through suffering. But the pleasure of knowing God is greater by far than the pain of dealing with the flesh. And refusing to know God to whatever degree has a very high cost, at least in the future if not as much in the present.

Fasting and humbling oneself to wait and listen, and then obey, are key elements in this process.

I believe we also need to take note of what God is showing us, and showing us to do, so that we don’t grieve the Spirit of God away. We need to treasure all that God reveals.

A word to the wise is sufficient. Pray that I might really reinforce THIS as my foremost goal also, at all levels of my being.

What do YOU think?


About Michael Fackerell

The Christian faith is about Jesus. He came to save the lost. About Jesus Christ, Bible teaching, Testimonies, Salvation, Prayer, Faith, Networking.


  1. Wow thank you for this timely word as it has come at a time when i am about to set goals for next year.Indeed in all that we do let God be our priority in our lives and my desire is that let God will be done upon my line.My goal is to know GOD personally more than i have ever known him…i desire for more spiritual growth in my life and i should be say am very impressed with the way i have lived my life tis year…but for next year it has to be more than this…In all that i do it should be God and i want to be surrounded by the presence of God always…

  2. dudesme says:

    It’s true that setting goal is important and it is beneficial in setting a direction in our lives but remember that we don’t live for ourselves, we live for an higher being who is our Creator, that is our God in heaven, we live with purpose and fulfilling that purpose would be our drive in life and living a life pleasing to God is our motto.

  3. I attend church everytime the doors are opened. I counsel at a drug alcohol live in group 2 x a month. I attend bible studay every week aside from church.I am always surrounded by good christian friends, my best friend is my deacon. I fast;yet I tell my friends I am not as spiritual as they are.I feel at times i am playing church. I do Love the Lord with all my heart. I am seeking his guideance. I know he has forgiven my past, maybe I haven’t.There is so much I am trying to learn. I grew up in a baptist church (independent, fundamental) I now attend a methodist , we joke sometimes and call it a methocostical, we just praise worship and taught about one GOD ; the trinity.. my problem sometimes is have i already grieved the Holy Spirit as he is no longer with me? Thanks for any help

    • michael says:

      If you have grieved the Holy Spirit, it does not mean that you can never know God again. Instead, make the presence of God your priority. Its good to do all the things you mention – one thing you did not say is that you have a PASSION for the PRESENCE of GOD. I would say, get alone with God for a season – could be as short as 1 day. Look to Jesus and what He has done for you on the cross. Put your hope in that. Ask for the Holy Spirit to come and fill you again. Don’t give up. Forsake sin – do it just to stop hurting God. I believe God is merciful, His face can shine on you again.

    • dudesme says:

      I am reminded of a verse “Be still know and know that I am God”, we done a lot of things in life that we thought it’s best for us but we forgot to be still before God and know what is will for us. All things fail because we do it with ourselves, we don’t acknowledge that we need God, we need his help in times of trouble, we need his strength in our weakness, spending time with God is important, pouring out our hearts is important as well, I get to know God better when I release my whole hearts to him and I pay that this will happen to you as well. We don’t to do something so that God will respond to us but rather he loves an honest and humble heart coming to him asking for help. God bless you.

    • Siyanda Njena says:

      Not having FAITH is the reason you feel the way you do. Are you born again? “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. Do you believe this verse will all your heart, do you believe that once you confess this verse with your not only will you be saved also you be filled with the Holy Spirit?

      As long as you are still righteous the Holy Spirit is with you! Instead of worrying or doubting that it is with you, you need to start confessing that the Holy Spirit dwells in You! Jesus never lies. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But theHelper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:25
      Quote the verse in prayer, you will feel the Holy Spirit, only when you believe, and born again.

      • Seems that Jesus taught that even if we have a little faith that is enough for him. It’s not how great our faith is, but the object of our faith is it not? Prior to raising the grieving fathers daughter from death, the man confessed belief but also his doubt. Jesus did not rebuke him and walk away did he?

    • Faith Walker says:

      God truly loves you and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The enemy has a job and one of them is to keep us confused about our salvation and question our walk with Christ. Remember you can not earn salvation, it is a free gift that you except by confessing out loud that Jesus is Lord and and your personal saviour. God says, my prescious child you are loved beyond imagination and I am always with you no matter what. You are forgiven every time you ask and I love you, I truly love you. Do not doubt, do not be afraid just trust me and my word which I have given to you.

  4. the problem may be that your mind may be weak or you spirit is being influenced by satan. i hav the same problem. but today i prayed to God for my deliverance and am fasting for 3 days wthout food. only water. i asked God to give me the streth. hope i will be able to pull it through. keep trying. God loves you.

  5. you need to have that one on one time with God and listen very carefully to his voice. i tell you what i am during the same thing by listeing, praying and just letting the Lore direct my life. believe and trust that he is with you. when time like this get hard know that God is by your side through every thing.Deuteronomy 55:22 The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you, he will never leave you or forsake you , so don’t fear or be dismayed amen.

  6. you need to have that one on one time with God and listen very carefully to his voice. i tell you what i am during the same thing by listeing, praying and just letting the Lore direct my life. believe and trust that he is with you. when time like this get hard know that God is by your side through every thing.Deuteronomy 55:22 The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you, he will never leave you or forsake you , so don’t fear or be dismayed amen.

  7. Hi, an important foundation that you must build into your life is that of discipline. Start setting goals in this area. You can set a goal to read the Word for 10 minutes, then 1 hour and so on. It is like developing muscles through exercise.

    Seems like you are oppressed. Start getting angry with the devil who is stealing from you the blessings you can have in Christ! Don’t be passive. You can overcome. Make sure you ask the Holy Spirit for help daily and if you don’t know for sure that you are baptized with the Holy Spirit, please read this teaching on it.

    God’s empowering plus your determination to put the flesh (old natural desires and ways of thinking) down will give you the victory. Just look to God and trust Him to even change your desires as you look to Him.

  8. Sikhulekile says:

    i often wonder how do i know when God is speaking to me or showing me things. i also have this barrier of unbelief within me – how do i break it. like every time i read the word i might find myself thinking maybe its not the right time for me. and only yesterday i tried to fast from 6am to 6pm and i failed – what do i need to do. in general i seem to have no focus on anything in life – i lack that staying power for anything i want to achieve but i don believe i am lazy but i always seem to church this past sunday we were taught about fasting and i understood the teaching why we need to, how we can do it and the benefits but why is it i cannot bring myself to actualy do it. i would very much appreciate your help

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