There is a statement I often heard and used throughout my years in the field of personal development: You miss 100% of the targets you don’t shoot at! In other words, forward progress in life is marked by having a target to aim at and actually pulling the trigger and going after that goal.
Once that truth is firmly established, then the question to ask ourselves is: What target have I been aiming at lately? If Jesus is not the target—the center of our entire life—then we simply are not aiming at the right target.
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
The Bible makes it clear that everything we have is a gift of God; everything has come to us from Him and through Him. Because of this truth, there is nothing in our lives that does not belong to—and thus come under the authority of—the Lord Jesus Christ. Think about it this way:
- In our single walk Jesus is the target
- In our married life Jesus is the target
- In our parenting Jesus is the target
- In our professions Jesus is the target
- In our possessions Jesus is the target
- In our health Jesus is the target
- In our recreation Jesus is the target
- In our hobbies Jesus is the target
I could go on and on with this list. In everything Jesus is the target, because everything we have today has been given to us by Jesus and is to be stewarded for His glory.
Make no mistake, autonomous living (living without Christ as the target of life), is absolutely antithetical to the Christian life. We have been wired for intimacy, fellowship, and community with our Creator, and we have been given the amazing privilege of being caretakers of everything God created.
Yet the major problem we face as children of Adam is that, by nature, we tend to deify the creation and deny our Creator. We make everything other than Jesus the target of our lives and we move Him to the periphery, seeking to glorify ourselves rather than our Savior. We end up living a Christless Christianity, with the “stuff” of life serving as our functional savior.
The key to keeping this from happening in our lives is by keeping Jesus as the target we aim at in all things. With Jesus at the very center of our lives and hopes, we rise above the mediocrity of living a life marked by self-fulfillment and self-centeredness. Shooting for this Timeless Target in every area of life keeps us busy advancing the cause of the Kingdom of Christ, rather than engaging in the trivial pursuit our own little kingdom. And this is the only place where we find the purpose, meaning, and significance that makes life worth living.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!