You know those days when you talk to God all day long. It’s like a constant conversation with Him. Or you have something big going on and you seek His advice constantly?
Those are some of my favorite days….seeking God.
Something God revealed to me several years ago through a really close friend is that our journey with God doesn’t stop when we ask Him into our hearts.
I thought for a long time when I said the prayer to ask Jesus into my life I was finished. I could to go church and follow the rules and that was what my life should be.
What I discovered though, was that at the moment I asked Him into my life, my walk with God was just beginning.
I now belonged to Him and He wanted to take me and teach me, He wanted to mold me and He wanted to have a relationship with me. And if I let Him, my life would be so rich and full.
“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.” – A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
Most of the time when we find something the search is over. We usually don’t keep pursuing it. That’s what I was trying to do with God. But God doesn’t want us to find Him then leave. He wants us to join Him on a life long journey of discovery. Chasing after who He is, longing to learn more about Him and the more we learn the more deeply we will fall in love with Him. God wants us to keep pursuing Him.
It’s like in a dating relationship. You don’t want this amazing boy to come up to you and say “hey let’s date” then stop right there. You want him to keep pursuing you, to spend time with you. God wants us to do the same thing in this relationship we are building with Him.
What does pursue really mean?
Synonyms: follow, chase, hunt, trail, track, shadow, practice
Definition: to follow in order to overtake, capture; to follow close upon; go with; attend; to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish; to practice (an occupation); to continue, go on with (one’s course, a journey)
What does it look like to pursue God?
Colossians 2:6-7 – And now just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him. Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done.
1. We MUST continue to live in obedience to Him. This isn’t a one time thing. It’s a continual lifestyle choosing to obey God.
Obedience shouldn’t be something we have to do, but something we want to do. The more we spend time with Christ, pursuing Him, the more we understand who He is. We will find out that He wants the best for us. That His will is perfect and we will want to obey Him, not because we have to, but because we desire to.
God commanded us to follow all these rules, so that we would live reverently before God, our God, as he gives us this good life, keeping us alive for a long time to come. (Deuteronomy 6:24)
2. Let your roots grow down into Him – so you will grow in faith
When we are rooted in Him we are not easily shaken. When we are tempted we will not easily fall.
Think of the flowers we planted at the school for Big Event. If the roots are weak and barely holding on when wind or rain comes they will blow away. If a flower has its roots deep and strong in the earth it will grow to be beautiful, it will resist the wind and the rain that tries to wash it way. The verse said we will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.
How do we root ourselves in Him? By spending time with Him, pursing Him
Jesus said, (John 15) I am the true vine…remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
3. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving
By spending time with Christ, we will be so filled with love, joy and peace that we won’t be able to contain it all, we will overflow.
Jesus said, (John 10:10) I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)
When we overflow others will see a difference in our lives. They will see the excitement and joy we possess. They will see Christ living through us. That is the best witness we can have for a world that is looking for something different.
“Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.” – Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
People should be able to see a difference in us who call ourselves followers of Christ. Yet so many Christians are miserable and complain all the time, including myself. Sometimes I wonder why my life feels so boring and empty and nothing seems to work our right, then I have to ask myself, “Have I been seeking God recently?”
God’s word doesn’t say if you ask me into your heart your life with be magically changed. Looking at the verses in Colossians we see that salvation saves us, but we have to seek Christ each day allowing Him to work in our hearts being open to what He has to say to experience the life he is talking about in John 10:10.
When we do this God promises…
Seek first the kingdom of God and he will give you everything you need – Matthew 6:33
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out – Romans 12:2
Trust in me with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near…. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace, into a whole and complete life – Isaiah 55:6,12
“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we MUST hunger for them” – George Eliot
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6
Our journey doesn’t end when we accept Christ, it is just beginning!
“The greatest human tragedy is to give up the search.” – John Elderedge
**This is a devotion I put together and presented last spring for my sorority.