God’s Amazing Goals for Your Life Begin Here

The small things we do matter to God.

Sometimes the dreams and goals you have for life are good goals—even godly goals—but just not God’s goals. Your expectations of life are just that—yours. God has His own set of plans, and He isn’t telling.

God's Goals for Your Life Begin Here

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God may lead you initially one direction simply to take you another.

  • He may give you a vision as a single, or for a family, or for a ministry only so that He can sanctify you by his grace in experiencing a slammed door.
  • Slammed doors do more than bend your nose; they keep your heart pliable, sensitive, and available to God’s leading.

Not only does He keep secret the difficult valleys you’ll experience (and many of the mountaintops), but also the tremendous lessons you’ll glean no other way. Lessons you didn’t know you needed to learn. Lessons you’ll thank Him for one day.

Very often, we fail to recognize God using us significantly because we define God “using us” in terms of what we consider significant: results.

God’s Goals: How God Defines Results

God often defines results in terms of character. Words like “productivity” and “efficiency” remain conspicuously absent from the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23). These results of God working in our lives all reflect character—His character. Character alone produces godly results.

God knows our character will scale.

He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much, and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. —Luke 16:10

The sluggard in the book of Proverbs found his life suddenly ruined because he assumed “a little sleep, a little slumber,” amounted to nothing (Prov. 24:33-34). But little things make up big things.

  • Pennies make dollars.
  • Bricks make walls.
  • Days make years.
  • Verses make Bibles.

Little things matter, and when little things represent faithfulness to God, they are crucial to our preparation for an expansion of our influence.

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What You Do Matters to God

We often can fall for the thinking that because what we do seems small, or behind-the-scenes, or insignificant, or unequal with our abilities or qualifications, that what we do matters little. After all, if we foul up, no big deal. The world still turns. Nobody notices. Few seem to care.

Except God.

God’s goals for your life begin with your character.

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  • If I didn’t know it was the Holy Spirit orchestrating it all, I’d say it was scary how well you know me! These words articulate some struggles I’ve been wrestling with these past few months. I had an experience this past week that led to an ah-ha moment that goes along with the concepts you lay out in this post. I wrote about that in my blog this week.

    Actually, I knew this stuff already but lost sight of it for a few months as I got swept up in launching my ministry while also being mom and wife. I kept thinking I had to “succeed” in order to honor God. I forgot that what would honor God was obedience not “success”. Success in godly terms will be accomplishing his will. It may not look like worldly success (having a certain number of speaking events or subscribers).

    Thanks for your words of wisdom! God used them to confirm some things for me!

    • Yes, Laura, I’m often amazed as well how the Lord affirms His Word in our lives through multiple places. Radio. An offhand remark. Sunday’s message, etc. This idea of success is totally opposite of our natural thinking.

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  • Michelle thick

    Yes I have some dreams that I have had in my mind for years. And Iv come to find what you said here. God might have other plans so I have to let go and follow him. And the little things I do God is happy. Thanks Wayne again you keep me up to date with my walk with God.
    God Bless

    • You’re welcome, Michelle. God’s plans for us are always best, even though at times they seem the make little sense.