by Wade Crews on August 02, 2019
August 15, 2019
One of the first things you learn in any kind of sport or work that involves hitting a target is to keep your eye on that target. In other words, your aim has to be precise.
You must have steady hands. You must see your target. You should even visualize hitting the target or making the putt. You must practice. But more importantly, you must keep your eye on the ball or the goal. No one can stand at the free throw line, stare at the crowd and expect to make a bucket.
It is the same in our spiritual efforts. I have made a simple acronym from the word A.I.M.. As we set our sights on a goal in Kingdom Work, we should always strive to be Authentic, Intentional, and Missional. To drive the point home, the opposite of A.I.M. is M.I.A.. We don’t want to be Missing In Action or to be found lacking when it is time to produce. Nor do we want to ashamed of the gospel.
Here are three attributes of someone who is aiming to live unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Authentic means to be real and transparent. Plastic programmed production value should never be more important than sincere, significant, and relational discipleship. We must be authentic throughout someone’s entire life journey. The prodigals will come home if we are authentic and consistent. The key to being authentic is when they come home we (the church) are the same as when they left. After all “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) We are who we are without apology.
A motto of “Chick-fil-A” management is “No team ever drifted to success.” Our strategy should never be to have no strategy. We should not depend on backing into success. Our efforts should be intentional, not accidental. One of the worst things we can ever be is an organization that does things because it can instead of because we should. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful.” Later in Chapter 14 verse 40, he adds, “but all things should be done decently and in order.” We serve the Lord and He is not a God of chaos and randomness. He is a God of order and structure and intentionality. We are not here by accident, consequently, we should not serve the Lord and shepherd His flock that way either.
If we are to be Christ-like, then we are to be missional. “Feed and lead,” as I like to say. Besides The Great Commission, we have been called to be salt and light and quite frankly are required to be on mission for God. There is no real way we can be missional if we are not first authentic and intentional. You cannot accidently be authentic and intentional. No one ever ran up to me and said, “I accidentally led someone to the Lord”. A passage in Colossians describes a missional lifestyle beautifully. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)
The last beatitudes in the sermon on the mount are about being persecuted and insulted for the life we live for Christ. Missional is about not being ashamed of the Gospel and standing firm while presenting the other cheek. When others see the joy we have in Christ and want to know why, then we are truly “missional.”
So, how is your aim today?