Ideals. An ideal to me is like the bullseye on the target. When you live your life in the realm of idealism you are aiming square for the bullseye of the target of life. Much like in target shooting, you are not going to hit the bullseye every single shot you take. Sometimes you hit dead center, right on the mark, and other times you just miss the mark and by just a hair. Now when you are aiming for ideals, you will miss as if you were shooting with your eyes closed, over your shoulder, at a moving target that isn’t even there, now that’s missing the target.
Jesus sets up a pretty nice target in His sermon on the mount found in Matthew 5-7. It’s a big target full of ideals. Heavenly stuff. In Matthew 6 He teaches his disciple how to pray. Our Father…and so on. Now this line, Your (the Father’s) will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. What makes heaven heaven, the will of the Father is being done. The ideal is being lived out in tangible ways every moment.
Could you imagine if we began to pray this prayer with authority, with mission, with purpose, with desire, with sincerity, with a pure heart…Let Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven? And then, with as much fervor lived within those ideals? Not as a yoke of bondage but as a response to the grace we live under, knowing that our miss isn’t condemnation but an opportunity to realign our sights. And as the Father leads us by His Spirit into His perfect will, lined out for us through the Word, Jesus, we are made more and more into His likeness.
Romans 12:1-2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Malachi 3:16-17 “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”