So… why exactly are you pursuing God?

Jesus had no problem drawing large crowds of people, as long as He was feeding them or healing them or meeting some other need in their lives.

But when He taught about the high price of considering everything and everyone a distant second compared to following after Him, the crowds thinned rather quickly.

So… why exactly are you pursuing God?

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In his book Jesus the King (formerly titled King’s Cross) Timothy Keller writes:

You’re glorifying something when you find it beautiful for what it is in itself. Its beauty compels you to adore it, to have your imagination captured by it.

To glorify others means to unconditionally serve them, not because we’re getting anything out of it, just because of our love and appreciation for who they truly are.

This is what we see modeled in the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Spirit. They exist to delight in and revolve around and serve one another.

So… why exactly are you pursuing God?

I’m not suggesting that it is wrong to ask God’s favor or assistance. Scripture tells us to draw close to the throne of grace so that we might receive mercy and grace as we need it. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

But if seeking God for His help becomes the primary and dominant reason for pursuing Him, something is terribly wrong. God is beauty and majesty and glory and splendor and all the wonderful qualities that capture the deepest longings of our heart.

To truly glorify God is to pursue Him simply for who He is!

So… why exactly are you pursuing God?

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2013. All rights reserved.

 

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