If You Aim At Nothing. . .

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

I think I picked up this phrase from pastor Bobby Welch, that “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” There are too many people hitting the afore mentioned target.

People who accomplish meaningful things take aim at meaningful things. They prepare. In the Bible there is a common thread to the plot. Almost every person who made a significant contribution to the story arises from obscure, almost unaccounted for, years of preparation. It took 80 years for Moses to get going. Joshua was Moses’ protégée before he was Israel’s commander. Elisha spent ten years preparing to be a prophet, with Elijah, from the time of his call (1 Kings 19) to the time the mantel finally fell on him in 2 Kings 2. John the Baptist hit the scene in his thirties, well prepared. Most of what was written about Jesus occurred between years 30 – 33 of his life. Very little is mentioned about the years between His birth and His baptism, but yet we know He prepared. Even Paul, who penned a significant part of the New Testament didn’t punch the clock immediately. After his conversion he spent some years travelling, gaining acceptance from the church leaders and shaping his understanding of the gospel (Gal. 1:11 - 2:10).

If we desire to make a difference, we must prepare to do so. We must take aim. The American church is anemic of true leaders, people of vision and determination; because we have not spent time preparing, but rather aiming at nothing. Serving God does not come natural. We must take time to prepare for, train for, and envision the things He wants us to do. We must be students of Scripture. We should listen to a significant amount of Biblical preaching, not just on Sundays, but through the week as well. We should read the Bible and books about the Bible. We should go to church and read books about church. We should attend small group gatherings and digest the Word of God together. It takes time to take aim!

Are you prepared for God to use you? What is your target? Sadly, most of us waste our time on things that aim at nothing. If you spend a large amount of time watching television you will accomplish nothing. If you aimlessly search the internet, you accomplish nothing. If you spend the day shopping – nothing. If you waste time on books about nothing you will accomplish nothing. If you sit around all day – nothing. If you spend your life only trying to earn money, you will in the end find your life spent, amounting to nothing. If all you want to do is vacation, fish, hunt, golf, while those things can be beneficial, too much of them gets you nothing in the end.

Focus your day today, your week, and in turn the rest of your life aiming at God’s call for you. Why? If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.


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