This past Sunday afternoon, in the sweltering heat, I went to a local 3-D archery range with my Dad and a friend. I haven't been to a range in a long time, and this one was really neat. It is located right next to a National Wildlife Refuge and the targets are placed in realistic hunting scenarios throughout the woods. It was a lot of fun, and a good way to stay in the hunting mode during the summer. We even saw some wild turkeys while we were there.
In several ways, the archery range was kind of like an archer's "golf course". You walk from station to station through the course, becoming frustrated with bad shots, and occasionally making that one good shot that keeps you coming back for more. Each person shoots from the same spot at each target, and the yardages are different for every shot. And just like losing a ball in golf, if you make a really bad shot and completely miss the target you might lose an arrow!
I don't practice with my bow as much as I would like, and the trip to the range definitely reminded me of that fact. But you know what, no matter how much I practice I will never hit the mark every single time. The same is true in life. No matter how good we act, how many good deeds we do, or how much we go to church, sin is still present in every one of our lives. We have all missed the target!
The Bible says we are all sinners, and that the wages of sin is death. Because of this we are separated from God and we are all in need of a Savior. That is why God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save us from our sins. He took our punishment and died so that we can have eternal life in Heaven with Him. All we have to do is accept His free gift by acknowledging that we are sinners, asking Christ to forgive us of our sins, and inviting Him into our lives to be our Lord.
I hope there is a time in your life in which you can say you have done this. It is the most important decision you can make. I urge you to make that decision today. Don't hesitate!