Summary: Too many Christians live their lives as if they were running aimlessly or shadow boxing, with no set goals or deliberate strategy for their spiritual growth. This brief sermon outline reveals five biblical principles to help you to take aim at the right spiritual targets.
1 Corinthians 9:26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.
•• In your Christian walk, don’t run aimlessly. Take aim at specific, worthwhile targets!
•• Many Christians live reactively. They are content to react, to respond, to life around them. Wise Christians live proactively. They take the initiative, rather than adopting a passive attitude, in their Christian walk.
•• The victorious Christian has purpose; he has objectives. And he stays focused on those purposes and objectives. He is careful to take aim at the right targets.
•• Take aim at some things in your Christian life. And be sure to target meaningful things. Set desirable, biblical goals, and deliberately structure your lives to press towards those goals.
Matthew 7:13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
•• This is the origin of our proverbial expression in English — “the straight and narrow.”
•• The broad way appeals to many ... and ends in destruction!
•• The narrow way does not appeal to the flesh as much. But it is God’s way, and it leads to life eternal!
•• You have to choose the narrow way. It seems less appealing. The broad way seems better:
• “Sin is fun!” people declare.
• Indulging my cravings is enjoyable.
• More relaxed standards are easier to live up to.
• But remember what’s at the end of that broad way — destruction for the many!
(1) So aim for the narrow road that leads to life.
2 Corinthians 5:8-10 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ...
(2) Aim to please God in all that you do.
•• Jesus said, “I always do what pleases Him” (John 8:29).
•• This is an excellent standard for Christians to use in making decisions in their lives, conduct, thoughts, etc. Ask yourself: Will this please the Lord?
5. Aim for perfection! Be thankful for the level that God has brought you to. Live up to that level and don’t fall back. But don’t stop. Aim for God’s best! Aim to be in that chaste, holy, radiant bride of Christ.