Pursuit. It’s a word we’re familiar with. It’s a word that we’ve used in various stages of our lives. But, is it a word by which we are characterized? I think it should be and below I hope to help you see that.
I remember my college days. They were all about pursuit. Pursuit of a degree. Pursuit of a job/career. Pursuit of a soul-mate. I was pursuing a lot.
One thing I can honestly say, is that I was also pursuing God at that time in my life. And what was cool is that there were a lot of my close friends who were really pursuing Him too.
Many of us felt that God was calling us to ministry and we were al navigating those waters. We would read scripture together, pray together, sing worship songs and hymns together. All the while, something was happening that we didn’t recognize at the time but can clearly see when looking back: God was pursuing us too.
Now, there was an individual element to that time of pursuit in my life but I believe, in looking back, that God allowed those times of pursuit with others in my life to propel my spiritual growth further and faster than any other time in my life. I think this had to do with the fact that we were pursuing Him together.
After college, I met Allison and we began a pursuit of God together too and it was very helpful for our relationship but also our relationship with the Lord.
Here’s the point:
We were never meant to live the Christian life alone. God wants us to pursue our Lord Jesus Christ mostly in the context of community with others.
A biblical passage that helps us see a glimpse into this truth is found in Paul’s admonition to the Galatian church when he wrote, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)
We were meant to connect to Christ in the context of community. I pray you will do more than just come to a Sunday school class once a week. I pray you will find a class or group to really engage with to really pursue gospel-centered community with.
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