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Aim Small Miss Small

Philippians 3:13-14

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

RayMcDOne thing they teach in basketball is to keep your eye on the rim – on the basket. When driving to the hoop we’re trained to keep our eyes on the basket – rather than on something else. When we dribble the ball – we are taught to keep our head up and look around to take in the whole court – trusting that the ball will return to our hand as we dribble up the court. Keeping our eyes on the goal – the rim – the basket – helps our accuracy on shots. (By the way – by the time this posts – I will have returned to basketball after a two week layoff because of an injury – hope it went well).

My brother loves to hunt (I do too but haven’t for about 6 years – which is another story all together). He practices with his bow through the summer – getting ready for the deer season. In the movie Patriot Mel Gibson used this line – aim small miss small. Many didn’t know what he meant. The idea of aim small miss small is pretty simple. If you aim precisely – at a small area on your target (like the center of the bulls-eye rather than at the whole target) if you are off a little you will still hit your target. Keep your eyes on the target – and a small point on the target.

In today’s passage we are encouraged to stay focused on our target. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 3:7–14 – But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Paul wrote – his focus was not on his accomplishments but rather on Jesus. We are called to model this approach and keep our eyes on Jesus. Every morning when we arise we should have Jesus as the focus of our day. We should keep our eyes on Jesus! Aim small miss small!

Let’s examine where our focus is today. Do we have our eyes on Jesus? Are we thinking of how we can please self or are we thinking about how we can serve Jesus? Aim small miss small.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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January 18, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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