What Are You Pursuing?
Pastor Randal Alquist
Jeremiah 29:11-13 MSG I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

Over the years, I have enjoyed the privilege of having several conversations with survivors. Cancer, heart attacks, car and plane accidents, close calls and near misses, each different, but on the other side, connected by a common thread. They were given a fresh perspective.

When we are shaken from the race of life just long enough to see how and where we have given ourselves over to our pursuits, more often than not, we know that we are living out of balance. We all do this; we become preoccupied with the pursuit of more. We try to secure more time, money, opportunity, stuff, and status. The tricky thing about more is that there is never a line that we cross that says okay, this is enough. What is enough? It is a moving target. It is both subjective and consuming. We can find ourselves distracted and overwhelmed, not able to prioritize the things that are really important to both ourselves and the Father. The last place I want to find myself at the end of my life is regretting how I spent the time that I had been given.
Yet time and time again, we hear things like:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself and not been so fearful.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so much and spent more time with my loved ones.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings and take chances.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends and had deeper relationships.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier and not been so full of worry.

It’s not that pursuing more is bad, but when we pursue the things that ultimately mean little, we can be left empty and full of regret. God tells us that when we get serious about pursuing Him and want it more than anything else, we won’t be disappointed.

What are you pursuing? Is it time for a fresh perspective? Are you passionately pursuing the Father and seeking to live a life of fullness, peace, purpose, power, and love, or are you running after empty promises? Are you full of joy or worry, hope or fear, peace or panic?

It is in fearless affection poured out before our Father that we find all that we need to live a life of unconditional joy and deep fulfillment. Pursue Him as He pursues you and buckle up for a life of unimaginable adventure and no regret!

Prayer: Father, help me to stay focused on You. Forgive me for the time I have spent in pursuit of things that have become a distraction from You. I long to know the joy and passion of surrender and freedom from fear and worry. You are my strength and my refuge; it is in my desire for more of you that all things will be added unto me. You are my provider, my comforter, and my salvation. My heart is to draw near Jesus, near to you, and to rest in the embrace of your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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