Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
I Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matt Emmons was an accomplished competitive marksman. At the 2004 Summer Olympics game in Athens, Greece, he had already won a gold medal and was on the verge of an unprecedented second gold. Through 129 shots in the competition, he held a commanding lead and only needed a marginal score on his final shot to secure the victory. On his last 50-meter shot, his precise shooting allowed him to nail the target … on the wrong lane. The error was costly, and instead of finishing first, he finished eighth. In doing so, he provided an important reminder to all of us – shooting at the wrong target will cause us to fall short.
The greatest skill in the world that is directed towards the wrong target will cause us to miss the mark. This is the same with strength, intellect, energy, enthusiasm, passion and time. The world invests a lot of all of those in its pursuits, but it ends up further away from the real target because of an aim that was off all along. It must not be so among Christians.
We are to seek God first. We are to live our lives for His glory. We are to love Him as our highest priority, and our neighbors as the next. These are the targets at which we are to focus our aim. While we will not always hit the bullseye, our misses that stem from a proper aim will be moving us and our society in the right direction towards the target and not away from it.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO ADJUST THE AIM OF OUR LIVES TO BE FULLY ALIGNED WITH GOD’S DIRECTION. A skillful aim at anything else will cause us to miss the target.