the chase

March 7, 2015

christ on cross

We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholdeth me.”

We practice humility by realizing that there is no cause in us to celebrate our goodness, we wouldn’t even seek God unless He gave us the impulse to do so. But once we are pursued by God then it is our responsibility to seek Him and grow into a relationship with Him.

Like any relation with any person the more time you spend with someone the more you get to know them, and God is indeed a person worth knowing. Some people think it is hard to know God, but it is just a relation that needs nurturing by our own effort in response to His tug on our heart, then the Holy Spirit blesses and reveals the truth of God to us. The truth that we desperately need Jesus.

The Christian in reality should never feel alone, because there are three people immensely interested in maintaining a commitment that is eternal; and then there is the Body of Christ, that is God’s unique effort to helps us mature and grow in relations with other members. That can drive you absolutely nuts, but as the Bible says “iron sharpens iron” that person that annoys you is being used by God to show you your flaws and continue His work in your life.

So when you are praying, remember the people that drive you nuts, they have been brought into your life by God to sharpen you; and guess what if you try to flee from them, you will only encounter a different version of them somewhere else, because God isn’t done with you yet.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

I would ask you to pray especially for Kim, as she battles cancer, I thought about her today as I sat at a red light and saw a bumper sticker on the car in front me that simply said; “cancer sucks”. So Kim we are like so many others lifting you up in prayer.

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