Missing the Target

It’s been awhile since I have done much archery. I have enjoyed some target shooting at camps and visiting friends over the years. The challenge of eyeing a target from some distance away and letting the arrow fly can be quite frustrating and quite exciting, depending on how close you come to actually hitting what you are aiming at.

Of course, if you don’t aim, you won’t get near the target. And if you don’t shoot, you won’t hit anything.

You may know that the New Testament was written in Greek about 2000 years ago. Scholars tell us that one of the prominent words for “sin” in the Greek language is the word that literally means “to miss what you are aiming at.” To sin means to miss the target of right living that God sets up for us.

Now if you have not been aiming at God’s target, you may not think you have really missed anything. You may think that if you refuse to shoot in that contest, no one can say you have missed. In other words, you may think that you are living exactly the life that you intend to live, and you don’t need any correction to your aim.

If you are sure about that, congratulations. But the New Testament does say this: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

People think that Christian preachers are obsessed with condemning sin. Some of us are, but Jesus was not. Jesus Himself said, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” (John 3:17). Jesus wants us to acknowledge our sin so that He can forgive us and redeem us and help us overcome the sin in our lives.

God says each of us has missed the target. God offers each of us forgiveness and renewal.

Love in Christ,

Greg Burriss, Pastor

Rocky River Baptist Church

Siler City, NC

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