Whether we’re talking about our personal lives, spiritual lives, relationships, our character, or our future, we need to ask ourselves what kind of people we want to be. Having goals can center us, keep our eyes on Christ, and encourage us to grow. Without goals, we have no reason to press on, and we can flounder, feel lost, or lose track of our purpose. Here are 20 goals every Christian should set.
Goal 1: Know what you believe.
When it comes to spiritual matters, understand your faith. I Peter 3:15 tells us to,“… be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” If you don’t know what or why you believe, how can you share your faith and how can you stand firm?
Goal 2: Be real.
Don’t hide behind platitudes and clichés and trite phrases when life shakes you. Instead, take a risk. Be vulnerable. People won’t open up to you if you don’t open up to them. Pretending everything is okay never helped anyone.
Goal 3: Put God first.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). You can’t go wrong when your desires are His, and you look outside yourself to focus on Him.
Goal 4: Stay strong—by staying dressed in the armor of God.
Don’t be spiritually naked. Live out Ephesians 6:10-13. Be someone who stands on the power of Christ, rather than on the power of themselves.
Goal 5: Grow in your faith.
Forget one step forward, two steps back. Leap ahead in your life as a believer. Don’t be content to be,“… infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching” (Ephesians 4:14). We’re meant to mature spiritually, not stagnate or backslide.
Goal 6: Live life in between.
Be a mentor. Find a mentor. Pray for God to sprinkle people into your life who can offer wisdom and people you can share that wisdom with. Your best place is in the middle—helping and being helped.
Goal 7: Be secure in your place as a child of God.
“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence” (Ephesians 3:12). You don’t have to guess about your importance and your worth. God gave the ultimate sacrifice for you—His son.
Goal 8: Memorize God’s word.
Build a scripture base—a well of peace and comfort and wisdom—inside your heart, and it will never dry up. Ephesians 6:14 tells us God’s Word is the belt of truth. Wear it well.
Goal 9: Walk the line—of holding to your beliefs, but leaving judgment up to God.
It’s a hard balance. But we’re asked to stand apart from the world at the same time we’re asked to love the people of the world. Romans 12:2tells us,“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” while Matthew 7:1 reminds us not to, “… judge, or you too will be judged.”
Goal 10: Be the kind of friend you’d like to have.
The Golden Rule has stood the test of time for a reason. Even if it’s not direct Scripture, treating others the way you want to be treated is never a bad strategy.
Goal 11: Turn to God first, not last.
Don’t waste your time on the world’s wisdom.“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Goal 12: Be a person of integrity.
Be the same person when no one’s looking as you are when all eyes are on you. The right thing doesn’t change with the company you keep.
Goal 13: Be teachable.
“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning” (Proverbs 9:9). God wants to shape us until we stand in His glory. Soften your heart and be humble enough to learn.
Goal 14: Aim for financial stability.
Money guru Dave Ramsey advises, “A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” Set an example for your family by being wise with God’s resources.
Goal 15: Seek wisdom.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver” (Proverbs 16:16). Worldly possessions may not last, but wisdom is something no one can ever take away from you.
Goal 16: Live without fear.
God didn’t create us to be afraid. He doesn’t want us to live in captivity to the what if’s of life. I John 4:18 tells us,“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” and God loves us perfectly all the time.
Goal 17: Prioritize your life.
What you deem important will be where your energy and time go. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). Pick your treasures wisely.
Goal 18: Live in the moment.
Don’t spend your life waiting for something amazing to happen. Ask God to show you the amazing stuff He’s doing in your life every day. Your future is your now. All the little moments add up to the memories of your life.
Goal 19: Strive to be a servant.
If servanthood was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for you. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Goal 20: Leave a legacy.
Will you be someone who’s remembered? That’s up to you. Ask yourself what you want people to say about you after you’re gone—and then strive to be that person.
Lori Freeland is a freelance author from Dallas, Texas with a passion to share her experiences in hopes of connecting with other women tackling the same issues. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a full-time homeschool mom. You can find Lori at lafreeland.com.