2 Corinthians 5:9 - What Is Our Primary Aim?

2 Cor.5:9: What Is Our Primary Aim?

Genesis 5:24 (KJV) And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; 
for God took him.  

Hebrews 11:5 (KJV) By faith Enoch was translated that he should 
not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: 
for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased 

2 Corinthians 5:9 (ESV) So whether we are at home or away, we 
make it our aim to please him 

"We make it our aim ... to be well pleasing to Him" (2 Corinthians 
We make it our aim ..." It requires a conscious decision and 
effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means 
holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not 
making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to 
have revivals, but seeking only "to be well pleasing to Him." It is 
not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack 
of working to keep our eyes focused and on the right goal. At least 
once a week examine yourself before God to see if your life is 
measuring up to the standard He has for you. Paul was like a musician who 
gives no thought to audience approval, if he can only catch a look of 
approval from his Conductor. 
Any goal we have that diverts us even to the slightest degree 
from the central goal of being "approved to God" (2 Timothy 2:15) may 
result in our rejection from further service for Him. When you discern 
where the goal leads, you will understand why it is so necessary to 
keep "looking unto Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2). Paul spoke of the 
importance of controlling his own body so that it would not take him in the 
wrong direction. He said, "I discipline my body and bring it into 
subjection, lest ... I myself should become disqualified" (1 Corinthians 
I must learn to relate everything to the primary goal, 
maintaining it without interruption. My worth to God publicly is measured by 
what I really am in my private life. Is my primary goal in life to 
please Him and to be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no 
matter how lofty it may sound? [My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald