Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pursue God or be pursued...your choice

Either we will be pursuing God or he will pursue us. It's inevitable. Why?

1.            Because He is love and loves us
2.           We were made to find life (glory) in him
3.           We are not fully experiencing that life (glory)
4.           The more we find him to be our life (glory) the more we experience true life   (glory)
5.            The more we find him to be our life (glory) the more we honor/glorify him by   more fully displaying him to others.

We can say, since God loves me unconditionally, it doesn't matter if I pursue him or not. And this is true as far as God's love being set upon us. Nothing we do or do not do will change the completeness of his love for those who are in Christ. His love is based on Christ's efforts, not ours. 

However to say it doesn't matter indicates we do not truly understand his love. If we truly know his love it will set us on fire for him. How can it not when we were made for life and he is that life. If we are not on fire, it is precisely because our hearts have not been lit up by his love.

And if we are his, he is always seeking to draw us closer to him and the fullness of his love for us. He prescribes means by which this occurs. If we participate in these means we will increasingly be drawn to him. However, rest assured, if we do not, he will pursue us to bring us to that place we desire him above all things. This is what a loving father always does. 

"...For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness." -  Heb 12:6-10

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