Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.Colossians 3:1-2 (NLT)
When I was in college, some of my friends and I would go out into the woods and do target practice with some rifles. We had targets which were fairly up close, and targets which were much further away. We’d keep track of who could hit the targets the most. There wasn’t really an award other than bragging rights.
On the property was a fairly big pond. It was probably about 100 yards wide. Toward the opposite shore floated a five-gallon bucket. Once we spotted it, the competition was on. The first one to sink the bucket wins! But, we decided to keep it interesting. We were only allowed to use our 22-caliber rifle. This rifle shot the smallest bullet of the bunch, so it would be much harder to actually sink the bucket. My friends started firing away. None of them even came close. In fact, all of their shots fell about five or ten yards short of the target. It was kinda cool to see the water splash up from the shots hitting the water (like in the movies). But the bucket stayed afloat. I took note of their technique and stepped up for my turn to fire. I decided to try something different. It worked. On the first shot, I nailed the bucket. On the second, the hole I made was right at the water line. The third shot send the bucket to the bottom of the pond. My friends were incredulous (they couldn’t believe what they just saw). They asked how I pulled it off when all of their shots fell short. My answer? I just aimed higher.
Our verse today tells us to do the same thing when it comes to our spiritual life. The apostle Paul put it like this, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” In other words, quit setting your sights so low. Look to Jesus. Look to God the Father. Listen to the heavenly voice of the Holy Spirit. Let them set your sights on loftier things than the world has to offer. Let them set your sights, your dreams, your ambitions, on eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
So, today, and every day, shoot for heaven.
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