If you have ever shot a shotgun, you know that the bullet shell for a shotgun disperses in an attempt to hit something. So you don’t really have to put too much effort in the accuracy and precision of your aim. However, not so with a rifle. When you shoot a rifle, you have to concentrate more on your target because the bullet does not scatter but stays in one piece, therefore causing a greater impact on contact.
In business, ministry, or even in life; we seem have more of a shotgun approach. We seem to spread ourselves out in order to do a variety of things. We have a tendency to wear a plethora of hats. We have so many jobs or tasks that we are trying to accomplish that we really aren’t able to make a great impact or do an excellent job on each one. We aim at a target, and like the shotgun shell, we disperse hoping to hit something.
Instead we should have more of a rifle approach to things. We should concentrate on one task, job, or area of ministry in order that we might make more of a lasting impact. We need to focus more on our accuracy and precision that when we shoot at something we hit it.
If we look at the example of Jesus, He had compassion for the multitude but He always pursued the one. He intentionally met the Samaritan woman at the well. (See John 4:1-7) He had to go to Zacchaeus’ house. (See Luke 19:1-5) He had to go across the sea in order to set free a demon possessed man. (See Mark 5:1-2) Jesus even said this in Luke:
“So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:3-7 ESV)
Jesus was so focussed on pursuing the one that He would leave the 99 to go after it. He was more concerned about seeking and saving the one that He left the comfortability and safeness of the pen to get it. He valued the one so much that He honed in on capturing it.
So what approach do you have? Do you disperse when shooting hoping to hit something or do you aim with accuracy and precision in order to make a lasting impact? Would you leave the 99 in order to pursue the one? Are you a shotgun or are you a rifle?