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“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

Not every goal you set for yourself or your church or business is a good goal or one that God will honor and bless.

If you want to know the kind of goals that God will honor? Begin by asking yourself these questions:

“Is my goal going to honor God?”

What is the kind of goals that bring honor and glory to God? Every goal that produces a deeper trust in Him is to depend on Him more, love Him more, love other people more, serve God, serve others, and be more unselfish.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (NKJV)

All good things can be done to honor God. You can take out the trash to honor God. You can do the laundry to honor God. You can study for a test to honor God. How? By doing it with the correct motive: gratitude. If you want your life to bring honor to God, make sure your goals help you be the best you can be for God’s glory.

“Is my goal motivated by love?”

God will not honor or bless a goal motivated by greed, envy, guilt, fear, or pride. But He does honor a goal inspired by a desire to demonstrate love to Himself and others.

Why is having goals that are based on life so important to God?

Because if you set loveless goals, you will treat people as assignments. You’re going to walk all over them to get to your goal. As you climb the ladder of success, you’ll run over your marriage, friends, faith-family, and other people. God says, “No. There is a better way. It’s not about achievements. It’s about healthy relationships. It’s about learning how to love.”

First Corinthians 16:14 teaches to Let all that you do be done with love.” (NKJV). The goal to begin honoring God is to learn to love—your family, neighbors, and people who are hard to love. It always is easier when you love God first. It will make you more like God—godly, God-like because God is love.

So next time you set a personal, ministry, or business goal, make sure that your goals honor God and are motivated by love.

Written by Stan Ponz
Dr. Stan Ponz is founder and president of Make It Clear Ministries (a national ministry that began in 1973 to help people take the Gospel and the Word of God into every person's world!). Stan also serves as President of Clarity Christian College. and is married to his high school sweetheart Carol, who led him to the Lord in 1966.