The Pursuit

Have you ever wanted something really, really badly… but it just didn’t work out?

Maybe a car… a job… a house… a relationship?

We expend an enormous amount of energy in the pursuit of these things… only to find, in the end, that the pursuit leaves  us wanting… again? And we vow to never again get so worked up… so over-excited…

But we do.
Again and again… and again (like Forrest Gump says, “Stupid is as stupid does…”, lol)

And here’s why I think it happens: God has designed us for passionate living.  It’s not abnormal that we would get excited about pursuing dreams… a dream job, a dream house, or even a dream relationship.  We were created to be go-getters… adventurers… romanticists… achievers…

But the problem comes when our pursuing our Creator is even MINUTELY less than our pursuing of His creation.  We set ourselves up for FAILURE when we pursue things or people to satisfy us.  God has given us His creation to enjoy… but at best, they are meant to supplement… never to satisfy.  Only HE can fulfill that purpose in our lives.

We pursue jobs and cars and houses to fulfill our longing for significance and status…
We pursue relationships or sex to quench our thirst for companionship and love…

But these things, in themselves… when pursued with little or no thought of God… are only broken wells that are unable to hold water (Jeremiah 2:13).

Jesus alone is the Bread of Life, and our ultimate hunger should be for Him.
He alone is the Living Water, who can ultimately quench our thirsty souls…

Only He can satisfy.

It’s time we fell hard… for HimIt’s time we passionately pursued the one who gave everything to win us.  It’s not that we don’t pursue those other things… it’s just that we pursue Him with more vigor, more excitement… HE is to be the treasure of our lives.

Not stuff.
Not people.

HIM.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:4-46)

 

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