The Lord has been stirring me about pursuit. Something just about the word, pursue, is pulling at my heart.
In 1997 each box of Red Rose Tea came with a free miniature teapot. Each little teapot was in the shape of a village building: Barber Shop, Theatre, Fire Department, Town Hall… I liked the whimsy of them and decided it would be fun to bring them all home. I am not a hobbyist or collector, so it was an unusual pursuit for me. It gave me such joy, opening a new box of tea and seeing what treasure lay inside. Once I had most of the main street I really wanted to finish the Roseville collection. Try as I might I wasn’t able to get the Church teapot. I’d get duplicates of other teapots and still no Church. I was not deterred. Every grocery list had a box of tea on it, I even asked for boxes of tea as presents. Finally after a long pursuit, the Church arrived! I pursued the gifts. I was focused on obtaining the goal of having them all.
And so it should be with my relationship with the Lord. My bridegroom is pursuing me and I am free to pursue Him. After all that is our vocation, to be a lover of God and people.
Many of you are pursuing God wholeheartedly. But there are times when I recognize that my passion needs rekindling. I want Jesus to occupy my thoughts. I want my heart to speak His name when I wake up in the morning and when I go to bed at night.
Let’s be inspired by David’s passion in Psalm 63:1-8
1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. 4 So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. 6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, 7 For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. 8 My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.
I keep a note on my phone of something I heard Andy Fulton say, “In throwing out performance sometimes we accidentally also throw out pursuit.”
We don’t have to do stuff to please God. We are not forced to spend ourselves on our relationship with Him. Grace covers us and mercy overtakes us. Hallelujah! I’m so thankful for this.
Nevertheless, He is calling out to us to pursue Him. That is where we will find fulfillment in this life, in loving as He loves us. We do not want to lose His presence.
Sometimes we need to invite Him to refocus our attention and invade our leisure time. We need to value Him and live in pursuit!
As we begin a new week Father, I pray for each one of us, that we would pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness (I Timothy 6:11). We welcome you Jesus to compel us. Lead us to a new place. Amen!