It is invariable that the thinking of this world system under the domination of the Adversary is contrary to that of God’s thought. The setting of goals and aspiring that which would improve one’s quality of life is not wrong. However, a problem surfaces when that which is spiritual is left out of the equation or minimized.
The Christian should be reminded that Paul said … “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:20 NASB). That mandate removes any thought of being the “master of my fate.” The believer belongs to someone else, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Peter reminded the persecuted Christians of their exalted position in Christ even though they were oppressed and dispersed throughout the Roman Empire. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 NASB).
Where then in the list of priorities should the believer consider that which is spiritual? None other than Jesus Christ Himself addressed man’s plans and God’s plans. He set the priority for the Christian when He said … “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33 NASB).
He prefaced that statement by showing a contrast between the thinking of the unbelieving world, referred to as Gentiles, and those who possess His righteousness through faith in Him. "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? "And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span? "And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. "But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matt 6:25-32 NASB).
Do not miss the repeated use of the word “anxious.” The Lord has listed a set of legitimate details and issues in life that must be considered – but without worry … “For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matt 6:33). Since the believer is in Christ, he or she has the firm assurance that … “my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19 NASB).
God is faithful to guard and care for His possessions and His Plan for our lives exceeds that which we can imagine “For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD,' plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jer 29:11 NASB). So the question must be asked as the Christian considers his aspirations and goals -- are these the plans that God has for me or not? That question is best answered when we commit ourselves to learning God’s Word, to walking by means of the Spirit and with wisdom face the potentialities and circumstances of life.