Adventures in Faith: Archery

adventures in faithTell them not to spend their time on stories that are not true and on long lists of names in family histories. These things only bring arguments; they do not help God’s work, which is done in faith. The purpose of this command is for people to have love, a love that comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a true faith. Some people have missed these things and turned to useless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not understand either what they are talking about or what they are sure about. (1 Timothy 1:4-7)

Ponder It.

When have you missed a target, a goal, you tried to hit? How did you respond?

When have you hit a bulls-eye, a goal, you tried hard to hit? How did you respond?

What is the target of your faith?

Receive It.

The target matters. You need to know the goal in order to reach the goal. Archers know their target. They see it clearly. They focus on it. They aim for it. They don’t always hit it. There are many reasons why, but it’s not because they don’t know that they need to focus on the target. It’s not that they don’t know where the target is. The fault comes in the process, not the focus.

I don’t think that’s the case when it comes to us missing the spiritual mark. I don’t know that we’re as focused on it as we need to be in order to increase the frequency we hit it. We’re still going to miss it at times, but we miss it even more when don’t know the target or focus on it. The only way to know the target is to know God. We have to focus on Him. We can focus on Him through a variety of ways—Bible study, prayer, worship, service, and so on—but the point isn’t about getting legalistic and checking tasks off our to-do lists. We focus on God…by focusing on God. Watching for Him, knowing Him, acknowledging Him, thanking Him, asking Him, waiting on Him, trusting Him, obeying Him. Every day, every moment. To know our target is to know God. To focus on the target is to focus on God. Our relationship with Him, honoring Him, is the goal.

Live It.

Draw an arrow on a sticky note. Carry it with you throughout the day, and repeatedly stick it where you are, pointing in the direction you want to focus upon. You might point it toward something tangible such as your Bible or a cross. You might put it on a wall pointing upward to remind you to focus on God. You might have a Scripture verse or something else posted nearby you can use as your focus. Every time you notice the sticky note, recommit to focusing on the target God determines for you.

Today’s post is part of a 30-day devotional of Adventures in Faith. A new post will be available each morning to launch your day with reflection questions, God’s Word, and a personal challenge.

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