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.
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.