The Often Overlooked Step in Christian Goal Setting

Living in the Grace Zone

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An important decision to make on our spiritual growth and transformation journey is often overlooked. It’s a simple question, but needs to be answered.

Should I be pursuing this dream, this goal, this transformation right now or at all?

I don’t believe every person can do everything. Though the phrase “If you can dream it you can achieve it” is inspirational, sounds good, and has partial truth; it is not a complete statement.

Sometimes we fail because we give up too soon. It takes on average 63 days for our brain to make a lasting change. So, sometimes we don’t change because we give up too soon.

But that is not always the case, is it? It’s not just that some people gave up too soon on their dream of being a professional athlete, famous singer, or mega-church pastor…it’s that they were not gifted by God to do some of those things.

If a person is five feet tall and weighs one hundred pounds, no matter how much they “dream it”, “visualize it”, or “declare it”; they will never be an offensive lineman in the NFL (average weight over 300 pounds. They are simply, not physically, made for that role.

Even if they dream it; they will not achieve it.

If a person is tone deaf, though there may be treatments that can improve that condition (I don’t know); even if they make it their goal to be a professional singer; unless a miracle occurs, their time and energy would be better spent pursuing another dream.

Focusing on the right change goal is an important, often overlooked step.

Thankfully, God, through the Holy Spirit and His word wants to help us with this. There are simple, Scriptural steps we can take to know God’s will. (If you want more help with that check out some of the courses at

God made us with different gifts, personalities, and gave us varying experiences for a reason. These are God’s decisions made by the One who is perfect in love and judgment.

In His grace, His unearned love and favor, God gave you the right gifts, talents, and personality to both live your mission and experience the highest level of life for you.

God uses consistent principles but He has a personalized plan for each one of us.

The best growth results occur when we learn to live in the GRACE ZONE.

In John 5:19 He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” That is where grace to both work and change is the strongest.

Jesus didn’t try to do everything and even He didn’t even try to do it on His own. As the perfect example of how God designed humans to live, though He was God in the flesh He emptied Himself of His divine power to live as a perfect, Spirit-empowered human. (Philippians 2:5–11)

He worked when and where the Father was working; He lived and worked in the Grace Zone according to God’s plan for His life.

God doesn’t expect you to grow in every area of your life all at once. He is the One who set up the world so growth and transformation are how things work. He doesn’t perfect anyone quickly

God understands this better than we do. He knows we are not perfect, that growing and maturing is a process. He gives us the grace to grow, according to His plan and His timing.

  1. Does God really want me to work on this goal at all? 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that we are all members of Christ’s body, with different functions and gifts. Don’t try to be an eye, if God has designed you to be hand.
  2. Is this God’s timing to work on this? Is He working here right now in my life?

When you learn to live in the Grace Zone: those areas where God has graced you to be your best, then you will work on and experience the greatest degrees of positive change.

You can see pretty amazing growth and transformation take place in your life as you learn to cooperate with God as He forms you in Christlikeness, especially in that zone of grace He has given to you..


Write down the answers to these two questions: (It can be helpful to get the input of a spouse and close friends when making this decision)

  1. Is this really something God wants me to work on or is it simply a good idea?
  2. Is this where God wants me to focus right now?

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Mark Furlong

Helping busy, active people know and live all of God’s purposes for their life: the complete life.,