PURSUING HIM: THE ONLY WAY TO STAYING ALIVE
In the Christian Faith, there is a reasoning that pervades our walk with God. It’s this mindset that once we have found God, it is okay to settle. We relax as though we do not need to do anything else. Yes, it is true God has called us to live a life of rest, to labour and enter into His rest for us where we find everything we need to walk in His eternal life as seen in Hebrews 4:11.
“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:11 ESV
However, the text says to labour, to strive, to keep our focus on the purpose of our existence regardless of what is happening around us. It implies that it is so much easier to let go and be carried away with the practices and culture of the world than it is to strive to enter the rest promised us.
Thank God for His Holy Spirit that strengthens us with might in our inner man to do the impossible.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
Colossians 3:1 NIV calls us to set our hearts on things above if truly we have received eternal life. Salvation is just the beginning, we should continue with that same faith to work out the life of God in us with the help of the Holy Spirit.
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Philippians 3:12 ESV
Therefore the fullness of this glorious eternal life for us is to stay in a place of desperation for God even when we have been saved. To have such deep hunger for Him that we pursue Him recklessly, above ambitions and worldly desires. To strive to keep our eyes and heart on Christ everyday despite the calling of the world to our flesh. Regardless of how much we think we know Him, to follow the example of Paul and press on to the upward call in Christ. Let us press on and press in. There is more life in Christ. His depths are inexhaustible. Let us dive deeper that we may come into the riches of this eternal life.
“Seek me and live” Amos 5:4b is a call for us to keep seeking God. The moment we stop seeking, the moment we stop pursuing, the moment we act as though we have already attained, we start to die slowly but surely. The most certain way to stay alive and live this life given us at the new birth is to stay desperate for the only one who truly satisfies us.