Why should I pursue Him? I know that Christ died for me and one day I will go to heaven. Why spend time in pursuit of Him when I know that I already have the promise of heaven? I pursue Him because He has called me and given me a divine purpose. I pursue Him because there is more. I pursue Him because He has captured my heart. I am loved by a God whose love is so great for me that He sent his Son to die for me before I ever knew Him. I am loved by a God who loved me even in my sin, and made a way for me to become His righteousness in Christ. I am loved by a God who calls me His friend.
Read Psalm 139. It is a beautiful picture of God’s heart towards us. When I read this passage I cannot help but feel the overwhelming love of God towards me.
Psalm 139 1-11 The Passion Translation
1 Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.
2 You perceive every movement of my heart and soul,
and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.
3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.
You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m about to speak
before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.
With your hand of love upon my life,
you impart a blessing to me.
6 This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible!
Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.
7 Where could I go from your Spirit?
Where could I run and hide from your face?
8 If I go up to heaven, you’re there!
If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too!
9 If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there!
If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting!
10 Wherever I go, your hand will guide me;
your strength will empower me.
11 It’s impossible to disappear from you
or to ask the darkness to hide me,
for your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night.
There is nowhere I can go to escape His love for me. I can try to run from His love, but where I run He is there there waiting for me. There is no sin, lie, or circumstance that can separate me from His love. Romans 8: 38-39 NLT And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When my kids were little they loved to play hide and seek with me. I would always hide so it was not too difficult for them to find me. If it was taking too long I would make a little noise so I could be found more easily. Why? Because I wanted them to find me. I wanted to see the delight on their faces when they found me in my new hiding place. It gave me joy to know that they loved me so much they wanted to look for me. When it was their turn to hide I enjoyed searching them out and having them run into my arms when I would find them. Our Heavenly Father says that if we seek Him we will find Him. ( Matthew 7:7-8) Just as I found joy when my children were looking for me, our Father finds joy in our pursuit of Him. He does not need us to pursue Him, but He loves us and wants us to seek Him. He is not hiding so that we cannot find Him. He is calling us to a life lived in pursuit of Him. He always meets us where we are and at our point of hunger for Him. He does not hide so He cannot be found. He hides so that we can continuously find more of Him. His goodness is so great that we could spend our entire lives searching and never reach the complete depths of His goodness and love for us.
I pursue a loving God who calls me His own. ( Isaiah 43:1) I pursue a God who has given me a purpose for being ( Ephesians 2:10). Just as the man in Matthew 13 found a great treasure and sold all he had to buy the field just so he could have the treasure, I choose to give everything I have for the treasure that is God. It is a treasure greater than anything I could ever imagine. Why do I pursue Him? I pursue Him because He is pursuing me.