Have you noticed that among the ordinary, sometimes hum-drum mundane moments of life are tucked some extraordinary ones? Cuddles with your little one, your team winning the game, romance, starting an exciting new venture, graduating, something someone speaks into your life at the perfect time. I’m convinced that the most extraordinary adventure of all & significant moments of life are ones being pursued and pursuing the God of the universe. And as far as God goes, He pursues us everyday, every moment! I hope that if you are reading this and do not even believe in a god that you would continue to read about this extraordinary adventure in some of the articles here on my blog (check out The Extraordinary Adventure on the menu). Maybe you haven’t noticed Him before, but He IS there, and He is crazy about you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (ESV, John 3:16).”
“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (NLT, Romans 5:6-8).”
The second part of the pursuit is us pursuing God in response to His pursuit and love.
“I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me (NLT, Proverbs 8:17).”
“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water (NLT, Psalm 63:1).”
As believers and followers of Jesus we are called to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2 Peter 3:18),” to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11), and to “make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8).” In other words, we are called to grow in and pursue greater heart knowledge of the Lord and being molded more after His character. He is so worth chasing after!
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him (ESV, Hebrews 11:6).”
As you journey with me you’ll find lots of posts on my blog about this adventure of pursuing God and being pursued by Him – of what God is teaching me, evidence of Him, stories of His faithfulness and being God in my life and the lives of others, and studies in God’s Word. I hope you’ll read, comment, and grow with me. I have a lot of room to grow and would love to hear about you, so share your own stories, even disagree with me if you need to, but let’s ultimately have a conversation back and forth with each other to encourage one other forward and to increase in our understanding of and strength in the truth.