Setting Your Sights

I was thinking the other day as I was tweaking the sight on my bow, how many of us will be focusing on sights now and in the coming months. Whether it’s bow sights, a shotgun bead, or crosshairs most of the men in this country will be lining their sights up on something.

All my life I have been a very driven person. I’ve always had laser-like focus on whatever goal I was trying to achieve. I always thought this was actually a “good” area of my personality. What I mean is I always hit my mark. I thought my sights were zeroed in on the target, whatever it was. It could have been school, sports, hunting, work, finances, girls, relationships, the list just keeps going. I didn’t just think I could hit my mark, I KNEW I could. And what’s apparent to me now, I hit exactly where my sights were pointing…I was just pointing at the wrong target.

Have you ever tried to teach someone how to shoot a gun? They miss, you ask if they were aiming at the target, but you don’t really know if the sights are off or they just can’t shoot. Sometimes we’re aiming correctly, but our sights are just not set right. Other times our lack of focus causes a miss when everything else is set just right.

What I have learned in the last two years is that all the things in this world I worked so hard to achieve were not the True targets. A nice house, money, the farm, my kids, even my wife are not where the laser of my focus should have been. None of which are bad in and of themselves, but the True target I’m talking about is Christ. When I decided to set my sights on Him and on things, not of this world, it completely changed my perspective on all the other things I’d been aiming for.

It is so easy to get caught up in the daily chase of this world. Multiple times a day we’re faced with choices, but we have to figure out what it is we are chasing. It’s easy for me to write about this, but much harder to put it into practice. What we are chasing, our prize, is the HOPE that we find in a Spirit-led life. Hope is what gets us through the rough times when we miss, and what makes the hits that much better! All the other things we chase in this world have hope, but it’s a short-lived hope. There is only one hope that lasts forever, and that’s the hope we find in Jesus Christ. When our hope is found in Christ and only in Christ, all the other things just fall into place…

Where are your sights pointing? Do they need a little tweak? Are you really focusing on the True target?

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.

Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)