Missing the Mark (Cyanide, Part 4)

Missing the Mark

When I was a child, we had a dart board in our basement.  The target was to hit the bull’s-eye, but I could never seem to master it.  The holes in the wall are a testimony to the fact that I missed the mark quite often.

God’s Word gives us some clear direction to keep us from missing the mark.  Romans 12:1-2 tells us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to the Lord, not conforming any longer to the sinful patterns of this world.  We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  First Thessalonians admonishes us to test everything, holding on to the good, and avoiding every kind of evil.

Psalm 101:3 tells us to set no wicked thing before our eyes.  Obeying this scripture could alleviate most of our struggles in missing the mark.

Second Corinthians 6:14-17 warns us about being yoked with unbelievers.  I believe this scripture speaks of more than just yoking together in a marriage.  It can refer to what we read, listen to, watch on TV, and where we visit on the Internet.  What fellowship can we have with darkness?  By listening to and watching things contrary to the Word, is it going to edify our spirits?  NO!  That is why God tells us to come out from them and be separate, touching no unclean thing.

Proverbs 19:27 tells us to stop listening to teaching that contradicts what we know is right.  When we listen to contradictory teachings, it causes us to “miss the mark.”  There are so many things which are contrary to God’s Word.  TV is filled with shows that flaunt lifestyles which God clearly condemns.  When we choose to watch shows that portray homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle, we are missing the mark.  When we watch shows that involve adultery, we are missing the mark.  When we listen to music that promotes things which are contrary to the truths in the Word of God, we are missing the mark.  When we read books that are filled with graphic sex scenes, violence, murder, and many other sinful activities, again, we are missing the mark.

Some of you may think that these items are all a matter of personal choice – that they don’t really affect our walk with the Lord.  Yet, by watching illicit TV shows or listening to music that hails sinful activities, we are saturating our minds with the very sins for which Christ died.  In the Old Testament, the root word for sin was “to miss the mark.”  However, in the New Testament, the Greek word for “sin” means “to miss the mark, and so not share in the prize.”

In order to keep from missing out on the prize, we need to put Philippians 4:8 into practice regarding everything we listen to, read, or watch.  If it is not true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy, then we shouldn’t be partaking of it.

We don’t want to be like the people of whom Jesus said, “They honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8)

Are you missing the mark in your life?

© 2006, Stacy R. Miller

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