In Luke 9:62, Jesus said, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Jesus is saying that half-hearted commitments do not count. To give a full commitment to God, we must intentionally look ahead.
Worldly goals and ambitions have a way of disappointing us. If we have a life goal that is our ultimate focus, what happens when we meet that goal? After the initial exhilaration of accomplishment, we feel dejected that we have nothing to chase after any longer. There is no room left for ambition because we have fulfilled our desire.
But godly goals do not disappoint because the work of the Kingdom is never done. When we commit to fully serving Christ, we will soon realize that no amount of service, or prayer, or witnessing is ever complete. We have a mission that lasts for our entire lives and is only complete when we reach heaven. We have the race set before us, and God wants us to stay focused on finishing well, that we may be transformed into the image of Christ with ever-increasing glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
What is in your past that is holding you back from pressing forward? What is distracting you from running the race with all of your energy? "You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?" (Galatians 5:7). As you pursue godliness, do not get bogged down in your past failures or successes. Instead, pray for a God-given desire to follow and obey Him.
Prayer: Father, I pray that I would have godly goals that will keep me focused on the future, not on my past so that I can do the good works You have prepared in advance for me to do. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).