I’m sure you’re familiar with targets that have rings of concentric circles marked on them; the smallest circle in the center is called the “bull’s-eye,” which is the point on the target where you score the most points when you hit it.
Did you know that every Christian believer has a bull’s-eye to aim for?
From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36)
Jesus Christ is to be the center of everything for the believer. He is to be the believer’s “bull’s-eye” in every area of life. Now, we all know Jesus is to be the center of our religious lives, but we tend to forget that He is also to be the center of our personal and professional lives as well. He is to be the center of our marriages. He is to be the center of our parenting. He is to be the center of our jobs and careers. There is no possession, no part of our lives that does not belong to Jesus. He is the target we are to aim at, regardless of the cost or circumstance.
If you are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve, you will remember that God was their bull’s-eye, in that He was the target of their very existence. Their humanity was only to be found in the One who created them. But they chose to put independence and selfish ambition in the center of their target and sent all of humanity into a death spiral that has lasted ever since. It was not enough to be made in the image of God; our first parents wanted to be their own god, and they removed the God from the center of their very existence and put themselves there.
Think of what the devil promised Adam and Eve. He promised them more and they got less. He promised them life and they got death. When we remove Christ from the center of our target, even if we continually hit the dead center of our “me target” and get everything we want, we will always be left wanting. Jesus is the only One who can meet us in our place of deepest need, every moment of every day. It’s only when Christ is your bull’s-eye that you have the power to rise above the pull of the passions of this world.
Only Jesus can incapacitate your love of self and recalibrate it to center on Him. To move Jesus to the periphery of our lives is no life at all. It is a “Christ-less Christianity” that shrinks the size of our lives down to the size of our lives. In that kind of shrunken existence, we live for the expansion of our own little kingdom rather than God’s big kingdom.
So how do we keep Christ at the center of our target? We keep the cross He was nailed to on our behalf in view. We see His wounds. We hear His cries and witness His anguish. In doing that, we realize that living for anything smaller than Jesus is not life . . . it is slow, certain death.
With the Gospel in view, Jesus remains at the center of our lives. He sits upon the throne of our lives as our only hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. For apart from Christ, all hope is lost. But with Jesus as our bull’s-eye, we can know that our life has meaning, direction, and purpose that will live on into eternity.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!