Hitting the Mark
Life’s journey brings many ups and downs, successes and failures, doesn’t it? Are you looking ahead to 2015 with the goal of hitting the mark? I am too! Let’s believe for increase! Let’s anticipate more kingdom realities here on earth as we walk in obedience to God’s promises and hit the mark- the very center of His will!
Last night, I had the awesome privilege of sharing a message on faith in my church’s evening service, and I compared optimal faith in operation to a skilled archer aiming for his mark. The way I see it, when I engage my body, mind and spirit to utilize a bow and arrow, I leave no opportunity for any part of my being to explore other options. All of who I am is focused on my target. In other words, my faith is completely fixated on one mark- Jesus.
The rich young ruler appears to put all of his focus on Jesus when he approaches Him with a desperate need of assurance that he will indeed inherit eternal life. Jesus, however, sees something in his heart that you and I cannot. Truly, this man wants options. He doesn’t empty his hands to engage his faith as an archer does. His wealth is there with him when he approaches the Lord and when he departs from Him. Jesus loved him and spoke truth: “Your worldly wealth is your god. Give all of it away and then follow Me.” That was a no can do kind of request. The man went away sad, because he had great wealth.
At this, Peter says, “We have left everything to follow You!” and the Lord confidently speaks of their multiplied reward- a hundred times over everything sacrificed.
Another gentleman sets his focus on the Lord. Interestingly, he doesn’t have sight. Blind Bartimaeus sat roadside with his one earthly possession- a cloak. When he learned that Jesus was passing by, he called out to Him: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” With some additional shouting, the Lord takes notice and calls for the blind man. Beautifully, Bartimaeus throws his cloak aside, and like a trained archer, engages all of himself to target his faith. Jesus asks what it is that Bartimaeus would ask of Him. Although unseeing in the natural, the blind man releases his arrow and hits a bullseye. “I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”
On this Thursday Yes Day, let’s cultivate a faith that agrees with the Bartimaeus and the disciples’ practice- let’s empty our hands of options and bank all that we are on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
(Scriptural account of the rich young man, disciples and Bartimaeus found in Mark 10.)