Jesus’ intent for life in Him should govern our pursuit of vision and goals in His Church, giving great potential for who we can be and what we can do. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to read: Christ-like Intent in Vision & Goal-Setting
Christ-like Pursuit Uses the Right Standard of Measurement
Sometimes a Christ-like pursuit of vision and goals may seem foolish to the world. We think about it differently because we use a different standard for success.
1) Rather than base what we do on personal accomplishments, we measure what we do against the character of God, including His grace and mercies in Christ Jesus.
2) Rather than needing the personal acclaim of people’s applause or self-gratification, we humbly pursue vision and goals in submission to the One who laid down His life for us.
And so we read in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Staying Power Ensues from a Christ-like Pursuit of Vision & Goals
Once we’re headed in the right direction, we’re able to stay the course when we keep our eyes on Christ and pattern our pursuit after Him. We will “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:1-2)
When obstacles or challenges come, as they undoubtedly will, we can let go of our insecurities, fears, and worries, if it’s a Christ-like pursuit.
- Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb. 12:2).
- But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:33-34)
If we’re unable to stay the course, one of two things might be the reason:
1) Our vision and goals aren’t following a Christ-like intent.
2) Our pursuit of the vision and goals isn’t Christ-like.
We need to be Christ-like through and through, from start to finish, in all things and all ways.