Sermon Illustrations

My family and I were watching America’s Funniest Videos Friday night. There’s clip of a bike race. A guy is approaching the finish line, way out in front. He pauses to raise his hands in victory, and as he does, he wipes out. As he gets back up, some 20 other bikes pass him and he creeps across the finish line. Somehow, I don’t think his goal was to make it within 50 feet of the finish line!

But that’s exactly how too many of us live. Got plans? Got a goal? What is it? To retire with so much to live off of? To finish college? High School? Those are great. But is that all the farther they go? How many of your goals are set to go only as far as the grave? Paul said,

Philippians 3:14

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Goals that are centered around God and His rightful place in our lives are a way to avoid getting taken down by success.