Did you ever do target practice before? Shooting at something with a gun? My Aunt Sherri (2 years older than me) used to have a b-b gun when we were kids, and we’d target-practice all the time. As a teenager at Boy Scout Camp, they had a shooting range with 22 caliber rifle targets. My brother used to get in trouble there, because not only couldn’t he hit the bullseye; he couldn’t hit the target! He’d accidently shoot the clothespins holding the target and the instructor would think he was doing it on purpose. My brother was a lousy shot!
What’s a bullseye? Everybody knows it’s the center of the target – the spot you aim for. As Christians, we have a bullseye too. Our bullseye – our center – what we aim for – is Christ; to be more Christ-like; to have an intimate relationship with Christ – to make Christ the ‘center’ of our life. If we want to be in the center of God’s will, we need to be in the center of His Word.
Did you know the Bible has a ‘literal’ center – a bullseye, if-you-will? The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117; the longest is Psalm 119. The ‘literal’ center of the Bible – Psalm 118. There are 594 chapters before and after Psalm 118. Add 594 + 594 and you get 1188. What is the center verse in the Bible – the ‘bullseye’? Psalm 118:8. What does that verse say? ‘It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.’ We spend so much of our life hitting the clothespins and falling short of the bullseye. It’s time to refocus, re-aim and seek the bullseye – Our Lord, Jesus Christ! Remember, when things get tough, our relationship with God doesn’t get us around trouble, it get’s us through it!