Most readers know that the bulls-eye is the round spot, usually black or outlined in black, at the center of a target, surrounded by concentric circles and used in a variety of target practices. Today I hope to both challenge and encourage you with the concept of the Believer’s Bull’s-Eye and the contemplation of this all-important question:
What target have you been aiming at lately?
Hitting the Believer’s Bull’s-Eye is living a life with Jesus at its center. In other words, it is living a Christo-centric life. There is only one place for Jesus to be in the life of the believer, and that is right at the center . . . at the bull’s-eye. May God always forbid us from moving Jesus to the periphery of our lives because we have brought the things of this world into the center of our existence!
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
Remember that this incredible statement came from the pen of a man who persecuted the first century Christians prior to his Damascus Road conversion. Paul (formerly Saul) went from being a passionate persecutor of the church to a powerful preacher to the church. And here he wrote to the Philippians that the reason for the life he was living was nothing smaller than the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ was the absolute center—the bull’s-eye—of Paul’s existence.
In spite of enduring unimaginable hardships in preaching the Gospel—from being beaten and imprisoned to being shipwrecked—Paul kept Christ at the center of his life. He knew that regardless of what the world was doing to him, even if they killed him, he would simply be closer to Jesus and enjoying a deeper relationship with Him. With Christ at the center of his life, outer circumstances could not affect Paul in the least. And remember, Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians while sitting in a Roman prison.
When Christ is at the center of your existence, you will never find yourself crushed under the weight of circumstance . . . regardless of the circumstances you are facing. Philippians is a letter of joy; Paul used the word “rejoice” eight times in his short epistle. And Paul expressed his joy while sitting in chains on a prison floor! Paul powerfully demonstrated that, with Christ as the Believer’s Bull’s-Eye, nothing can get in your way from becoming all God is calling you to be.
Here is the difference between happiness and joy: happiness is based on outer circumstances, whereas joy is based on Christ. And the only way you will experience this kind of joy is when Christ is at the center of your life.
So let me ask you again: What target have you been aiming at lately? If it isn’t Jesus, it doesn’t matter what you are pursuing. As Paul said, “It is rubbish!” (Philippians 3:8). Regardless of what you may be facing today—personally, professionally, or relationally—make it your aim in life to be able to say what Paul said: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:8-10). It is this glorious pursuit—aiming for this bull’s-eye—that will create a life filled with passion and rejoicing.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!