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God’s Promises and Our Christ-Centered Goals

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You know I’m passionate about Jesus and setting goals!  As I was reading the parable of the sower from Luke 8 the other day, a nudging from the Spirit happened on my heart, and this question came forth:  How does the parable of the sower apply to goal setting?

How does the parable of the sower apply to goal setting?

You may be wondering if this girl writing to you today is crazy or if she’s just way far off from this parable for it to be believable.

Friend, before you think I’ve gone off my rocker, I want you to say a prayer and ask God if this could really be true in this application.  Then, listen. Truly listen to Jesus’s words in this parable.   Ponder your own life, your own goals, your own heart, and your own beliefs about what the Creator wants to do through you!

I was reading Luke and journaling my thoughts (remember those 10 daily goals based on Hebrews 12:1-3?) when the Lord pressed this passage upon my heart.

Before we fully “dig in”, I want you to know that I have created a Downloadable PDF with a list of questions for you and placed it in The Toolbox for my subscribers!   I want to help you ponder this and truly “dig in” to your own Christ-centered goal setting process!

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The Parable of the Sower from Luke 8.

4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others, I speak in parables, so that,

“‘though seeing, they may not see;

   though hearing, they may not understand.’

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing, they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

Let’s Pause and Reflect

The seed is the word of God.  I have always believed that this passage was only about salvation.  But, as I read this, pondered it, and prayed over it, I could see how these very words of Jesus could be applied to the Christian goal setting process as well!  

This passage is about salvation! Yet, it’s about so much more than “beginning” belief! God’s words are the bread of life and the very breath we live by!  The words of God are His very promises that fill our hearts and our lives.   His words are the appointment He has given to us! His words are the LIFE-GIVING FORCE that drives the Universe.  The seed is the word of God.  

Wait, what?!  Let me repeat this as Jesus often did with things that were important!  The seed is the word of God.  The word of God is the breath and the promise He has planted as a seed in your heart.  The word of God is the LIFE-GIVING FORCE that brought forth light in the beginning. The word of God is the sword that fights the Enemy, pierces hearts, and changes nations.  The word of God is the very thing that spoke you into motion and promises to do amazing things through you, His handiwork. The seed, dear sister, is the word of God!

Can you pause for a moment and take this all in?  The seed is the word of God.

So, how does the parable of the sower apply to goal setting?

Let’s Talk about this Soil

Years ago as I worked in the mission field in Buenos Aires, I remember reading this passage and asking others, “What type of soil are you?’  

That’s always the “right” question that we like to ask in Bible class, right?

“What type of soil am I?”

As Christians, we want to believe that we are the good soil; that we believe in God and His word will save us and we will allow that seed (the word of God) to richly grow and bless others with His fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

I might step on your toes here, so brace yourself: Do you truly believe in His promise for your life?  The dream He has placed in your heart to do great things for the Kingdom through the appointment He has given you?  I’m not talking about “great things” as the world would consider great. Friend, I’m talking about the God-sized dream He planted in your heart.  

If His word is the Seed of His promises over your life, then let’s look at how this affects your belief to follow through with the Christ-centered Goals you’ve set.

The Path

12 “Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.”

Oh, the path where so many walk!  It is wide. It is well traveled. It is a place of comfort and ease and where no one walks against the “flow of traffic”.  It is what the world does every day. Repeatedly. Forget moving outside the comfort zone where challenges lie. This is the “safe” place.  Yet, this is not where God’s seed/promise can be deeply planted.

Others trampled on the seed (God’s word) and it was snatched away before it was deeply planted.  I bet you can think of circumstances in which you’ve seen those excited about big dreams and plans that God wanted to do through them.  Yet, when they shared this dream, this seed, this belief about what God wants to do through them, others squashed it, snatched it, and carried it away before it could be truly planted in their hearts.  They lost the promises of God to do great things through them because they allowed others to come in and take it away.  

Have you been there?  Are you there now?  What has God promised to you, whispered sweetly in your ear that He wants to do through you?  Yet, before this seed and promise could be deeply planted, you ran off along the path and shouted it to others who trampled it!  The Enemy snatched it from you.  Perhaps you continued to wander sadly along the path thinking God’s promises are not for you; that they are for others.  Friend, do not let the Enemy blind you!

God’s promises are for all His children!  You are appointed.  Be encouraged.  There is hope!  Good soil can be created through the Father!  (Keep reading!)

The Rocky Ground

13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing, they fall away.

Have you ever tried to walk on rocky ground?  Every time we hike our land I encounter this.  It’s difficult to find my footing. It’s unstable.  It’s difficult for us to establish a solid foundation in this type of “soil”. 

{On a side note, have you ever seen a carrot planted in rocky soil? It seriously grows crooked, bent, and all out of shape!}

Why do I tell you this?  To pursue our God-sized dreams, we must have an established foundation in Christ in order to be successful.  If we don’t know our true purpose, our appointment, our promises from the Creator, we will lose our footing, we will be bent out of shape.  We will give up when trials and difficulties come because we lose sight of the promise that the Lord has placed upon us.

Do you know anyone who has ever started towards a goal with excitement and then quickly fell away?  They have not truly let the promise of the end result set deeply into their lives. They only see the short-term losses and wins without a vision for the end result of God’s victory!  The seed doesn’t grow quickly enough so they give up on their hopes and God-sized dreams.

Have you been here?  Are you here now?  I have.  I’ll confess fully to you now that I have been here.  I needed to spend a lot more time with the Creator and let Him change me, enrich me, and prepare me for His promises before I was ready to plant them deeply within my heart!

The Thorns

14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature.

Lord, help me!  I’ve been here! I’ve heard God’s promises in His whispers over what I’ve been called to do!  Yet, as I’ve traveled on my way, the promise from the Lord was quickly replaced by fear, worry, and a mindset of lack.  It was replaced with thoughts like this:

  • “Lord, how will we afford to live if I do what you ask of me?”
  • “Lord, what will others think of me if I follow your plan?”
  • “Lord, how will I be able to find time for rest if I give up an hour of sleep (tv, movies, facebook videos, scrolling Instagram) to work on this dream you’ve placed in my heart?”

Am I stepping on your toes?  Because, Overcomer, my toes HURT as I write out these words the Lord has placed on my heart.  Father, help my unbelief!

Scripture tells us that trials bring about growth and perseverance!  (James 1:2-4 & Romans 5:3-4)   It is these “thorny” parts in which we should develop grit and toughness required to fight in our Spiritual battles!  It is not the time to shirk from God’s promises, but to LEAN-IN to the Creator!

Friend, my prayer for us both is that we do not allow the ways of the world to separate us from the God-sized dream and the Christ-centered goals that God has appointed us with!  I challenge you to cling to God’s words and use Godly Affirmations to develop the grit and perseverance needed to allow God’s seed to grow!  

The Good Soil

15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

Oh Lord, please ready my heart to be good soil!  I truly desire to deeply plant within my heart and my life Your promises, Your salvation, and Your goals for me!

Friend, to be the one with a noble and good heart that hears His words, retains them, and produces the fruit of the Spirit to enrich the lives of others, we must prepare ourselves to be a rich soil.   How do we do this? By allowing the sower to prepare us!

In today’s world, soil that’s been farmed and “touched by others” requires help from the One who plants to prepare it!  Good soil requires fertilizer! (You know that icky stuff that others consider waste? Yeah, that’s the stuff that enriches the soil!)  Good soil requires turning over. Good soil requires tending. Good soil requires enrichment.

In a spiritual application, we get this from the One who created us.  The One who prepares our souls is the One who enriches us, turns us over, and prepares our hearts to do His good works.  As we spend time with the Creator allowing His words to permeate us, we become “richer soil”. As we meditate over His words, they are turned over in our hearts, spirits, and minds.  This transforms us. (Romans 12:1-2). We do allow the “poo” of the world to not make us stinky and smelly. We do, however, use this poo to work hand in hand with the Lord to bring forth a rich crop that blesses others around us!  

{Side note: next time your life seems like it is full of poo, remember that this can be used to be turned over with the good soil God’s creating in you, to “fertilize” the promises that He’s established in your heart!}

To produce His fruit of the Spirit, we must allow His words and His promises to deeply penetrate our spirits and meditate on His promises.  We must allow the One Who created us to tend us. Friend, we must first be walking with Him before we can be walking in His promises.

So How do I Apply this to Goal Setting?

Friend, you know that I must give you a practical application!  It’s time to really dig in! (Ok, that’s a little bit of a funny pun, right?!) 

I wrote some questions for you to ponder, to apply, and to really work through!  Spend some time reading this parable again.  It’s okay if this takes you a week to work through! 

Remember, with Christ-centered goals, we create time to pause, reflect, and ponder the path to ensure we’re following where He leads!

Questions to ponder:

  1. What is God’s purpose for me?
  2. What is my appointment right now?
  3. Is your current appointment helping you move in the direction of God’s purpose for you?
  4. How am I glorifying God with the goals that I’ve set?
  5. Are my goals Christ-centered and aligned with the appointment He’s placed on me?
  6. Think for a moment on the 4 types of soil.  Do you see times in your life that you have been different types of soil with your goals?  
  7. Which type of soil do I identify with right now?
  8. What actions can you take right now to help you become the “good” soil so that you can fully embrace God’s purpose and appointment for your life?

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Friend, wherever you are in your journey, know this: I am praying for you and your journey!  I would love to hear how you’re setting Christ-centered goals and running a Hebrews 12 race!  Will you leave me a comment below and share this post on social media to encourage believers everywhere!

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