Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Shooting straight

In Psalm 127, our children are referred to as arrows.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! – Psalm 127:4-5
If the arrows are in my quiver, then that makes me an archer. This is a huge responsibility because I must make sure I release these arrows at the right target and make sure the arrows are properly prepared so that they will fly straight. I must also make sure they are sharpened so that when they hit their target, they penetrate the target with effectiveness.

This analogy of arrows in the quiver applies to all followers of Christ because we are all called to have spiritual children. We are all called to disciple others and help them grow up in their faith and then send them out to hit the mark for the kingdom of God. (Matthew 28:19-20)

As the archer, do you have a quiver full of arrows? In other words, are you discipling others? Have you thoroughly prepared your arrows for flight? Do you have arrows that will fly straight and hit the target? Have you sharpened them with the Word of God? Are they balanced with Spirit and Truth? If their fletching (feathers) has been damaged, have you applied correction, compassion and love in order to repair them?

Remember, blessed is the man who has a full quiver. We must be sure our quiver is full of disciples – spiritual children. We must take our role as the archer seriously because we are called by God Himself. Finally, we must remember that arrows weren’t designed to remain in the quiver indefinitely. Eventually the arrows are sent out. They are purposefully shot at a target for the glory of God and for the furthering of His kingdom.

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