Time To Take Proper Aim

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 2 Cor. 5:6-9 (NKJV)

I was watching the 2015 World Darts Championship last week, and I was blown away at how accurate these men were.  The time they have taken to perfect their sport was very fruitful, as they often hit the exact place upon the board they were aiming for.  As I think about the basis for playing the game of darts — aim at a target and attempt to hit it — it seems so simple, and yet I know it isn’t all that easy. You have to first purpose in your heart to really want to hit the target, and then you need to practice it over and over again.

How foolish would it have been for one of these competitors to say they were trying to hit their intended target if they weren’t even aiming at it.  It would obviously be silly to even say they were actually playing the game — wouldn’t it?  And yet I think this is exactly how many people end up living their Christian life — never really ever aiming at the target set forth by God, and yet hitting exactly where they are throwing.

There are many Hebrew and Greek words within the Old and New Testament that are translated to the word, “sin.”  The most widely used of these Greek words for sin is “harmartia,” which means, “To miss the mark; to be in error.”  So when we sin we are actually missing the mark set forth by God.  God’s mark is His holy standard for man to live.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Rom. 3:23 (NKJV)

We are told in Romans 3:23, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, so we can clearly see the need for God’s provision for forgiveness and grace, which is Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9).  Unfortunately, there are many who receive Christ, but they are immediately tempted to continue to live in the same way they did prior to placing their faith in Him.  They either don’t know God’s standard (mark), because they don’t read their Bibles, or they simply don’t want to submit to it — choosing instead to pick and choose certain passages of Scriptures to believe and submit to, while abandoning others.  When this happens they become like a dart player who refuses to aim at the proper target, but still believes he is playing the game of darts. 

Zig Ziglar summed it up well when he said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”   Jesus has given us the target to aim for — He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matt. 22:37).  And we’re told that true love for God is obeying His commandments (1 John 5:3). 

I want to encourage you to continually evaluate what you are aiming at.  Are you hitting it?  Is it the target God has set forth for you to hit?  Purpose within your heart to aim properly, and seek God for His guidance, wisdom, and every good ability or gift to hit His target for your life — all of this is possible through Christ (Phil. 4:13).

STUDY QUESTION:  According to 2 Corinthians 5:9, what should be our ultimate target to aim at?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you really thinking and seeking the Lord about what you are to aim at in life?  Is it pleasing to the Lord?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to read God’s Word daily, so you can understand what is pleasing to Him.  Commit these things into your heart, and then make it your aim to do these things out of love.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, help me to know what pleases You, and empower and equip me to do these things, so you may be blessed and glorified.  I know I cannot do these things without You (John 15:5), but I also know that I can through Jesus (Phil. 4:13).  I ask this in Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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