Holy Aspirations in the Bible

Taken from sxc.hu. Credit goes to raichinger

It has often come to mind that while my entire blog is on various Holy Aspirations, I have never really specified what those aspirations are. That’s a very sorry shame, especially since most of the web searches that bring people here are along the lines of “Holy Aspirations in the Bible.” So here is what my view on the title is:

First, let’s define the terms.

ho·ly 

dedicated or devoted to the service of god, the church, or religion: a holy man.
 

saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
 

having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
 

religious: holy rites.
 

as·pi·ra·tion

strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.
 
a goal or objective desired 
 
 
I’ve always had the impression (might be wrong, might be right… I’m not sure where I got it) that aspirations are a little more solid than goals. We all set goals. Big goals, little goals. But Aspirations are goals that we are really working towards. Goals in action, in progression, as it were. And that’s what I mean when I say aspirations. For me there’s a meaning of growth.
 
I haven’t ever seen the word “aspiration” in the Bible yet, so words like “goal” “progress” etc. help in finding holy aspirations in the Bible. Here are some verses I’ve found:
 
Philippians 3:10-14 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 
1 Timothy 4:12-16  Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
 
Ephesians 4:14-16  that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  (This one isn’t just for an individual, it’s for an entire group.)
 2 Peter 1:5-9 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
2 Corinthians 8:7 But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.
 
Romans 12:10-12 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
 
Anything we are to do as Christian’s, which we are lacking in, or not perfected in now, is a Holy Aspiration we can move towards. A lot of the examples I gave were very broad, but yours could be specific if you wanted as well. You can make them short or long term. Patience, diligence, all that is something we are continually striving for. But maybe you want to be better prepared to “Give an answer for the faith that is in you” by reading a certain book, or raising money for a certain charity. These aren’t spelled out in the Bible like patience and diligence, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t “holy goals”. They’re important as well.
 
Anyway, I hope that explained it all for you, and that you’ll make some aspirations for yourself to achieve.
Your sister in Christ,
Victoria
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