So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. (Philippians 3:15-16)
What goal do you have in mind for today? As much as we may not think we have any particular goal in mind, we actually do have one. We may just want to make it a day of leisure and relaxation, but that is a goal. We may want to finish a project that has been looming over our heads, just waiting for the right time to be brought all together. It is good to have goals - they help to keep us directed and on course. Get distracted by something that stands in the way of your day's goal and you may just become a little 'testy'. Don't believe me? Ever plan to just get away for the day and go out to the garage to find your tire flat or battery run down, making it impossible to even start it? How'd you feel right about then? Kind of like your balloon was burst? I wonder how many goals are as important as the one God has for us today and how many things will attempt to get us off course, making us a little less than happy with the outcome?
The goal God sets for us above all other goals we may set for ourselves is that we come to know him in the fullness of his grace. That requires more than a casual acquaintance with his Word, or an occasional time alone just listening to what he wants to share with us. Anything less than 'total commitment' is not really a commitment at all. Commitment involves a guarantee of sorts - a guarantee that we will do what we say we will do, go where we promise to go, and stop when we are told to stop. It means we take responsibility and we stay on task with whatever that may involve. Tall order, I know, but there is a reward that awaits those which such a level of 'commitment'. We get to enjoy everything God has for us - not just what we can accomplish in our own efforts, but everything he has prepared in advance for us to enjoy.
We all have those moments when our vision is just a little 'cloudier' than we might like - times when we see things, but do we really see them as they are? It could be we see like through a veil - there is an image of what we might want to enter into, but we don't see it clearly at all. That is when God comes along and helps to clarify whatever it is we are beholding - bringing clarity to our vision so we see clearly and comprehend fully. We may have a different destination in mind - a goal we see as 'good enough' - but God has a different goal in mind - not just 'good enough', but perfect in every measure. Whatever hinders or veils that goal is really what God is after in each of us today - so we won't be distracted or willing to settle for 'good enough'. Just sayin!