Therefore, I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air
1 Corinthians 9.26
Most of us have heard of “the fog of war.” But have you ever heard of the “fog of life.” If not, I bet you $10 and a doughnut you have experienced it! It’s where the rhythm of the mundane or the tyranny of the urgent so obscures your direction in life, you could be groping about in the dark.
Recently, we asked our son and daughter-in-law, Wes & Tina, to share their experiences of making disciples and planting churches. The biggest takeaway for the disciples gathered in our living room was Wes & Tina’s clarity in their purpose. They knew exactly what Jesus has called them to do. In fact, that message of a clear vision for life was so potent, it immediately multiplied to three generations of disciples!
I spent time meditating on what my son said. It challenged me to think about the questions I ask as a disciple-maker. One question I routinely ask is, “What’s your next major step in pursuing Jesus?” It dawned on me, I could ask that question but if a person didn’t have a clear purpose or vision for life, they could be taking the next “major step” in the wrong direction!
That’s when the Lord gave me another question; “What are you Aiming at?”
- Alignment – Becoming all God meant me to be.
- Intimacy – Growing closer in my relationship with Jesus and others.
- Mission – Making disciples.
In order for disciples to stay on target with their walk with God they need to have a clear vision from God for their life. They need to Aim. I’m going to spend the next few blog posts fleshing this out, starting with “How Jesus had an Aim in His life.”