Straight as an Arrow

November 20, 2017

Straight as an Arrow


Philippians 3:12-16

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.


An arrow released without a target is a wasted arrow.  Before you came to know Christ and God’s plan for salvation did you ever wonder about the meaning of life, its purpose and what part you played in it?  You would find short times of pleasure and fun only to be left with emptiness and disillusionment when it had passed?  Something was missing and then you came to know about God and His plan for your life, you realized you did have a purpose and that you were created for God’s glory.  You came to realize that there was more to life than just a temporal existence and then death.  You came to realize that you were an eternal spirit in a temporal body and that the body would soon pass away, but the purpose and direction of the spirit was determined by the decisions, choices and the way you lived in your mortal body.  You presently exist on earth, not the perfection of heaven or the torment of hell, but somewhere in between where aspects of both exist.  We come also to realize that this is the training ground, the place where we develop in spiritual character and maturity.  God has presented the life of Christ before us as a prototype and pattern of what He wants to bring forth in us as we walk in obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit that He has placed within our hearts.

Still, for many of us, I think we wonder at what our true purpose and service is to God.  We know we live now for His purpose and not ours, but being caught up in the daily routine of life it is hard for us to sometimes find our meaning spiritually.   Somehow we think if we were only a missionary or a pastor or an evangelist or a teacher or someone spiritually significant we would really have purpose and be a person of God.  Remember Jesus started out having His expression of God in being a carpenter.  He was the eldest son, whose father had died leaving behind a widow, brothers and sisters.  Whose responsibility do you suppose it was to provide for that family after Joseph was gone?  It is not something you read much about, but Jesus also found himself caught up in the routine of everyday work and providing a living for His family.  Perhaps it was not the most dynamic time of His spiritual life, but it was never the less a real and necessary element of His spiritual development and expression as a human being that experienced what we experience.

There is a time and a season for all things in life.  The important thing is not where we are in our season of life, but that we are headed and flying toward our target.   Life is a process of development and preparation.  Jesus only spent three years fulfilling what had taken Him thirty years to prepare for.  If our eyes are on the prize, if we have set our mark for the high calling that is in Christ Jesus then we don’t dwell on past failures or successes.  We continually run the race before us, with each day being a new opportunity to grow more in faith and in love with Him.  We are arrows released from the bow of God’s grace to find our target in the center of His will and purpose.  We are continually pressing in to know what the fullness of that is.  His life in us should find

expression in and through us each day as we purpose to live for Him no matter our station in life.  Each day should conform us more into the image and expression of the Son.   If we are faithful in the little things, the day to day walk of faithfulness to Him, He will bring us into the fullness of His plan for our lives, whatever that is.  Just be the arrow that stays true to the course and the target of its flight.




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