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Have you ever stopped to think about what it means when someone says they’re pursuing God? “Pursuit” is a powerful word. It’s so much more than simply “following” God. People who are pursuing God aren’t lagging behind, showing up late, or half-heartedly chasing after him. They’re all in.
Fervently, passionately, unwaveringly in.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says that to “pursue” means “to follow and try to catch or capture (someone or something) for usually a long distance or time.”
When we truly pursue God, we’re out to “catch” his incomprehensible attributes of love, grace, and mercy.
How to pursue God
So how do we do it? What does this wondrous pursuit actually look like? Where do we start? What do we do—or not do? In Ephesians 5:1–4, Paul writes clear instructions for people who are pursuing God:
Therefore become imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, just as also Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God for a fragrant smell. But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or greediness, must not even be named among you (as is fitting for saints), and obscenity, and foolish talk, or coarse jesting (which are not proper), but rather thanksgiving. For this you know for certain, that every sexually immoral person, or unclean person, or greedy person (who is an idolater), does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience.
Therefore do not be sharers with them, for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live like children of light (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is well-pleasing to the Lord. And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather even expose them. For it is shameful even to speak about the things being done by them in secret, but all things exposed by the light are made visible, for everything made visible is light. Therefore it says,
Wake up, sleeper,
and rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
Therefore, consider carefully how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of the time because the days are evil.
Paul calls us to imitate God in all that we do—to follow his example and offer ourselves fully to him as he offered his Son, Jesus, fully to us.
We’re told to wake up, rise with Christ from death to life, and see his light shine upon us. It’s the beginning of a marvelous pursuit that lasts a lifetime.
Pursuing God means doing away with selfish desires and detours that might become stumbling blocks. It means fully embracing God’s beauty and allowing his love to change us entirely.
Going “all in” would be another way to put it—jumping headfirst into a life that seeks to not only glorify God, but please him. It’s a life that puts God’s desires before our own and before others, where God is the center around which we choose to revolve— the point on which we build everything else.