God is in pursuit of you!
The Glory of God shines best when you are in right relationship with Him! Not moral conformity to win His approval and acceptance. He’s already accepted you while you were yet still in sin, (see Ephesians 2). Rather, a progressing relationship with Him that develops from actual interaction and experience. When we experience God for who he really is; the loving God who’s in pursuit of us, we begin to experience of how much he really cares.
If we wrap our minds around the fact that God is in pursuit of us it changes the wrong ideas that we’ve had of an aloof God who is waiting for us to approach Him. The concept of an aloof God brings us to the idea that we must conform to a morality or holiness before approaching him or we will be punished or killed. However, this is not the picture of God that Jesus taught.
In a Shirley Temple movie, Shirley’s father, whom she loved very much, went away to war, leaving Shirley in an all girl’s school. Shirley was well cared for until the news came that her father was a casualty of war. Shirley didn’t believe it. Despite all the new-found hardship and persecution, Shirley began to pursue her father in the hospital where all the wounded soldiers were. Shirley’s relentless pursuit ultimately paid off as she found her father just when things were at their worst.
This reminds me of how relentless God is in his pursuit of us. Jesus gave illustrations to this affect. Here is one to demonstrate:
“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 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 which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:4-7).
Consider also when Jesus said, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10).
Now, we know that Jesus did exactly what He saw His father (God) doing, “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner,’” (John 5:19).
Jesus saw the Father pursuing us, and in like manner, also pursued us. God has been pursing us, driven by His great love ever since.
The most important pursuit we can invest into to find completeness and purpose is our relationship with God. To experience Him for who he really is, and not for who we’ve believed Him to be.
If you turn around, take a 180 perspective, you will find that Jesus is in pursuit of you, driven by a greater love for you than you can imagine.
Praying for you all!
In Christ, Steve Goodenough