What A Man Says
If you have ever tried to shoot a bow and arrow at a target, you will know that it can be quite a challenge. There are many factors which can impact your aim and change the direction of the arrow. Those who enjoy this activity and shoot the bow competitively spend hours upon hours working on their technique, trying to hit the bulls eye more often and miss less. However, it is not only in archery that our aim is important. We each, whether we realize it or not, have an arrow that we are shooting in our lives. Have you ever thought about what you are aiming for in your life?
The direction that we shoot and the target that we are aiming for can have a tremendous impact on our lives and the direction that our lives go. There are many people who do not aim for anything and as a result, their lives are out of control. They go in directions that are not good and ultimately, unless corrected, they will not hit any target. For those who go through life like this, it may seem as though their life is wasted. There are others who set their sight upon a target only time find that when they hit that target, it is fake. They may have accomplished their own personal goal and yet, the accomplishment comes back as empty. There is however one target that we can choose to aim for that provides not only a purpose for our lives, but also complete and total fulfillment. That target is when we aim at testifying to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
All throughout the Bible, and particularly in the New Testament, we see individuals who recognize and understand the importance of this endeavor. Paul is one of the best examples of a person who realized that their life was meant to be a testimony for Jesus. Over and over again we see Paul face difficult and challenging situations only to make the decision to always move forward in the work that the Lord had called him to do. In the scripture today we see such a situation. Paul was on his way back to Jerusalem where he would be met with persecution and ultimately put on a path toward execution. The disciples around him also saw this and often, because of their own love for him, tried to talk him out of going there. But he knew that the Lord had sent him there, and he stayed on focus and did not falter.
As we think about our own lives, I ask again, what is it that we are aiming for? There are really only two options that we have. We can either aim to satisfy our own flesh and build our own kingdom, or we can choose to seek to do the will of our Father and build the Kingdom of Christ. We must make this decision and the things we say and the actions that we take will be the evidence of the decision that we have made.