If we truly believe that We Are The Church then we must pursue Christ at all times, no matter the cost.
To Pursue God is to Worship God
There is no act of worship that draws us closer to Christ than our pursuit of Him. We cannot do anything to make us worthy of God’s Grace. We cannot even take credit for the act of coming to Christ because the desire to pursue Christ was placed inside of us by God. God created us to pursue him.
Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Although we are saved the moment we “confess with our mouths and believe with our hearts”, that is just the beginning of our pursuit of being like Christ. Each of us has a desire to pursue. Something inside of us that fills empty. A void that we are constantly seeking to fill. Many of us find things that temporarily fill that void and some are lucky enough to find the permanent filling.
The Work He Began In You
The good work He began in us is our desire to pursue Him and therefore to worship Him and we are promised that He will continue to complete that work until the day of Jesus Christ. Here is the thing though, as Christians finding Christ is not a one time thing. It is an act that we must always be in. We should live our lives in daily pursuit of the Grace of God. We know that because of sin in our lives we can never be worthy of or “catch” Christ.
Filling The Void
We hear folks say that when we fill the void with things that are temporary it is only a matter of time before it needs to be filled again. Pursuing Christ can leave us with the same feeling if we convince ourselves that finding Christ is a once and done activity.
When we stop pursuing God on a daily basis then other things will creep into that place or pursuit. Remember we are created to pursue and that is what we will do. If we are not pursuing Christ then we are pursuing something else. The pursuit of God in our lives is our greatest form of worship. As it has been said, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If we want to show God how much we love Him then we should strive to do it by living our lives imitating Him.
How can we pursue God.
- We must know God to pursue Him – This means we must do two things:
- We must pray and open ourselves up to God’s communication
- We must read God’s word. This is the history we have to tell us who God was, is, and will always be.
- Open Our Eyes:
- Pursuing God requires us to not be idle. You cannot follow anyone or anything by standing still. This means we must open our eyes and look for opportunities to serve God by serving others.
- Following requires action. Jesus called his disciples to come and follow Him. This was a physical call. It was not a call to watch him and then stand where they were and mimic Him. They were to physically follow Him.
- Pursuing God Must Be a Single Minded Approach
“When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habit of seeking God-and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the and lies our great woe. If we omit the and we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing.”A.W. Tozer
God – and…
Tozer mentions the “God-and” which I feel trips many of us up in our daily lives. Below are just a few of the “God-ands” that we fall victim to:
God and success
God and happiness
God and love
God and wealth
God and anything else is not truly seeking God. If we simply seek God and only God then everything else that we are meant to be will be. We have to trust that God is in control and everything will be okay.
It isn’t about you
To pursue God is to worship God. Pursuing Him is about Him not about us
“If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.”Meister Eckhart
This can be tricky. We do not pursue God because of the benefits of God, we pursue God because He created us and we want to honor Him with our lives no matter what the benefits may be. If we are going to pursue God then you may want to tighten your belt and hold on tight because we are not promised an easy road. All we have to do is look at the life of Jesus to see just how bumpy the ride is going to get.
I will add to Meister Eckhart’s quote and say this: If there is anything in your life that you would not lay down in the pursuit of Christ then you are not fully pursuing Christ.
What Does It Take
Pursuing Christ takes full sacrifice:
I cannot say it any clearer than Luke did.
Then Jesus said to all of them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose or forfeit his very self?
As they were walking along the road, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow You wherever You go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” Then He said to another man, “Follow Me.” The man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You, however, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first let me bid farewell to my family.” Then Jesus declared, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
It was very clear to the disciples and should be the same to anyone who decides to pursue Christ – Pursuing Christ requires complete submission. There can be no part of your life that you are not willing to sacrifice for the pursuit of God.
If we truly believe that We Are The Church then we must be in pursuit of Christ at all times, no matter the cost.