Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
Am I as committed to living life as a Jesus follower as I should be? If Jesus truly is the way and the truth and the life then am I placing enough priority on living my life in God honoring way by following what Jesus did and what God’s word says?
As I think over the last couple of weeks, I see many instances where God continually provided opportunities for me to grow and shape my faith. Some I handled well and others not so well. But what is important to note is that God hasn’t given up despite my failures and my questioning – He keeps pursuing me.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.
He never stops pursuing me – “All the days of my life.” Even those times when it is so obvious that He wants me to go right and I turn left. He still is there to keep reminding me that I should have gone right and that I need to do a serious u-turn soon.
Actually that brings out another important point that we are all aware of but don’t necessarily always follow. We have a part in the pursuit has well. A relationship with God is not all about what can God do for me but it is a two way street.
Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.
It is absolutely essential that we pursue God and that we make that pursuit the highest priority in our lives. Think of all that God has done for you, then consider how much He wants to be in relationship with you, then remember who He is – the Almighty, Awesome, Indescribable, Creator of the Universe. We are created to bring honor, glory and our worship to the One who sent His Son to die in our place.
Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find life, godliness, and honor.
The LORD despises the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.
So then what is this pursuit of God supposed to look like? How can I, a human being, truly pursue God in a way that might begin to bring honor and glory to Him?
In the New Testament of God’s Word, Paul wrote a letter to a young pastor and friend named Timothy. As Paul concludes the letter he included some final instructions that I find help us answer a little more the answers to these questions.
1 Timothy 6:11
But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.
Paul, in a second letter to Timothy, continues to stress this point of living a godly life. He obviously thought this was key to living for God.
2 Timothy 2:21-22
If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
In both of his letters, he encourages Timothy to do the following:
1. RUN AWAY FROM – rapidly get as far away as you can from – anything evil or that stimulates lust
2. Pursue – Run toward as fast as possible – a godly life and anything that makes you do what is right
3. Pursue faith, Love, peace, perserverance, and gentleness (Gal 5:22-23)
In his second letter though, he adds another key piece to living a godly life and continually pursuing God. That being the need to “enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”
Community is key in staying on track and enjoying this life spent pursuing God. But a key there is to be with those “call on the Lord with pure hearts.” Those who share your commitment and desire to constantly be growing closer to God. People who, when distracted by things of this earth as we all are, continually come back to a deep commitment to pursuing God and living their life as a reflection of Him.
Pursuing God with our life means work on our part. We need to actively work against our natural tendency toward sin and constantly bring our focus back to Him so our reflection can be as clear as possible to a world that needs to see Him.No tags for this post.