Maintaining “line of sight”

Many, perhaps most, business organizations today operate under some system of objectives and accountability. Very simply, the idea is that every individual, every job, have roles, objectives and accountability for doing things that contribute directly to the overall purpose and objectives of the organization as a whole. Everyone should know what is expected of and from them and be working together instead of against one another.. Sounds simple enough, but in practice it gets to be very complicated.

Far too often, the goals and their means of measurement are assigned from higher up or elsewhere in the organization. The specific things a person is supposed to do, is measured by or held accountable for are either not clearly understood or seem to be outside of the things that they can control. As a result people become frustrated, disillusioned, unmotivated or even angry if not worse. They lose line of sight between their jobs and the overall goals and purpose.

As Christians we can easily encounter the same problem as members of the Body of Christ, the universal church. We can be led astray in so many ways, from getting caught up in the minutia of denominational rituals to not knowing the overall purpose of the being a Christian to not being able to see how what we do individually contributes to this overall purpose. Very simply put, we either don’t know the target (purpose) or we don’t know how what we are called to do directly contributes to that purpose… we don’t have line of sight.

Borrowing from the business world, I use a three-step process to maintain line of sight between the things I (attempt to) do as disciple of Jesus Christ (Christian) and how that contributes to the overall purpose of the Body of Christ (the universal church.)

I’ll give you three questions I’ve used and let you ponder them. If you choose to do so, see how the three fit together so that there is a direct line of sight between what you do and achieving the overall purpose of the church. In a follow-up blog I’ll give my own abbreviated answers to these questions:

1. What is the reason for existence or purpose of the Body of Christ? (the universal church)

2. What is expected of all Christians? (disciples of Jesus Christ)

3. What specifically and uniquely am I called to do in my walk as a Christian?

I found this exercise to be both challenging and eye-opening.


Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

Note: This “line of sight” image in the accompanying picture is of an archer. In archery, it is essential to keep one’s eye on the target, ie: maintain line of sight.

The word “sin” comes from archery. Very simply, it means to “miss the target.” The exercise outlined in this blog is intended to first identify the target, then help us to not miss it.

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7 Responses to Maintaining “line of sight”

  1. granbee says:

    In John 21, Jesus told Peter to “Feed my Sheep”. I believe this is the purpose both of individual Christians and the Body of Christ, the universal church. I am called to be a living Bible in the presence of all of my fellow man that I encounter.

  2. The three questions would each take a blog to answer.

    The target I set for myself is the one which is spelled out in Ephesians 4:13 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man; unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”

    The Amplified renders that last part as “nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection” ~ Christlikeness! I know I will never achieve that target while here on earth, but I am assured that “when He shall appear, we shall be LIKE HIM” 1 John 3:2

    We are ALL expected to BE Christ in the world today – His hands, His feet, His voice etc – as He works in us and through us, but “specifically and uniquely” He has called me to minister to children and in particular to teenagers, both personally (teaching, counselling etc) and in administration work.

  3. 2livewithjoy says:

    The first two questions seem easier to answer than the third question. That is the one we have to own personally on a deep level. My response seems to shift over time as I grow in my relationship with God. Do others find the same thing or have you settled on one area through your whole life?

    I found the comments at the bottom fascinating. I hadn’t heard that before about sin.
    [The word “sin” comes from archery. Very simply, it means to “miss the target.”]

  4. writinggomer says:

    It would take a blog or two to sufficiently answer your three questions!
    The short answers…
    1. To Glorify the Lord God
    2. To worship God, obey Him, to love Him first, and then ALL other people. To spread the message of the Good News and disciple other believers.
    3. I am to work with troubled kids, this my calling. 🙂

  5. ptl2010 says:

    Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith is the only target for Christ’s disciples.

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