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Faith Chat: The life purpose of the Christian

Many of us enjoy pastimes that utilize "aim." Horseshoes, golf, shooting pool, basketball, tennis, shuffleboard, darts, competition shooting, hockey, croquet, bowling; many recreational pastimes that pit both the strategy and coordination of participants in competition. The best aim is rewarded with the most points - a ringer, a 3-point shot, a strike, an eagle and a bulls-eye are all premium scoring awards because they demand the most precise aim.

The life of a Christian also ought to be directed toward a specific intention. In 2 Corinthians 5:9 it says, "Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him." The goal of being pleasing to God with our lives deserves the same kind of focus and attention that an athlete might use at the free-throw line to win the game.

But instead of physical ability or coordination, the purpose of the Christian involves decisions and character, and instead of a moment of focus required for recreation, the Christian life requires continual focus and intention, whether present or absent, whether we're on the free throw line or not, whether we're at work or at home, whether we're with friends or family, whether it's morning and we're energized or it's evening and we're tired. The aim of the believer is to act, think and speak in such a way as to be pleasing to Christ.

Lt. Gen. Robert H. Forman has been credited for saying, "The man who aims at nothing will surely hit it." If Christians fashion themselves after Christ on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, but make no effort to model Christ on Monday at work, on Friday with friends, and on Saturday with family. Their life lacks the focus required to fulfill the mandate of the aim of a Christian - rigorous attention to serving their Savior with their thoughts, speech and actions.