Single-minded pursuit works …
Many sights I have seen in my long years of walking the earth. Many sights.
But, few have impressed me more than the sight of someone going after what he wants.
Once I was in a Coffee House outreach in Luxembourg City. One of the regulars was a young man in a wheel chair. He drove to the meeting place and we helped him out of his car and back into his car after the evening had finished.
The young man never said much or showed too much enthusiasm. I suppose degenerative arthritis will do that to you, especially if you’re young. (I think that was what it was).
One night he was ready to go home, so I was pushing his chair out of the coffee house when an attractive young lady came in.
Suddenly, the wheelchair took on a life of its own! It moved without me pushing it and came to a halt, right in front of the young lady. I was reminded of a guided missile zoning-in on an airplane.
Sufficient motivation can infuse muscles with unseen power, it seems.
Many other sights have impressed me. A hunting dog pursuing his prey, for instance. Or little boys running to the kitchen when mama yells, “Cookies are ready!”
Yes, yes, verily, these things have sprung to my attention in my wanderings. And I have concluded that the man or woman, boy or girl—or even a hound dog– who really wants something, goes after it.
Hard! He goes after it hard.
And I saw in the book of Proverbs, that the man desperate to know God’s way will find it. “… turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:2-6, NIV)
Jesus said it best, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” (Matt. 5:6, NKJV)
“So,” you say, “that’s what I want. All for Jesus. All for the Father and His wisdom. How do I get that?”
How Do You Get the Cookies?
The short, quick answer is faith in the Lord Jesus and what He did on the Cross for us. But, to have the fullness of the life God provides for us, we need to embrace all the ramifications of this “running-to-Jesus” way of living.
Real fullness comes as we run wildly and leap, feet first, off the cliff to plunge into the depths of the Lord and His life for us.
Here are some hints about how to run to Him.
Find a regular time each day to seek after Him in His Word and in prayer. No, God is not lost, but often we are, buried in the deadness of our trials and our weak earthly resources, facing a life that often seems too big.
David says, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” (Ps. 63:1, NKJV)
David sought the Lord early. Watch out, when he says, “early morning,” he’s not talking about 7:30. He probably woke half the people in the palace from a sound sleep playing his 1000 B.C. guitar before the first rays of the sun peeked over the horizon.
“I’m ready, God, so ready,
ready from head to toe,
Ready to sing, ready to raise a tune:
“Wake up, soul!
Wake up, harp! wake up, lute!
Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”
Psalm 57:8 The Message (MSG)
Do you have to get up before the chickens to seek God if you really want more of Him? I hope not. I would have a hard time with that.
It’s about consistently having a time. It is an attitude of heart. You go after what you want. If you have all you want of God you are a poor person.
And don’t play little emotional games to fool yourself. One morning a well-dressed young man came RUNNING up to Him, and blurted out a spiritual question (Mark 10:17).
Things looked good. Young, rich, powerful. Spiritually aware. Good potential church member. Jesus saw his heart, though, and He knew the young man loved something much more than he loved God.
He loved His money.
If we want to play religious games, Jesus’ presence gets uncomfortable. He knows us. The sad thing about the young ruler is that he turned away. If he had stayed with Jesus for a while, even if he wasn’t at the point that he needed to be, Jesus’ presence could have changed him into the kind of man that loves God supremely.
Make a beeline for Jesus and give your all to Him.
Yes, verily. I have seen many things and I know something. I don’t want to be a person who lives a half-hearted life, occasionally putting a little religious salve on my hungry heart.
I want more of Jesus—so I’ll give Him more of me.
“Foster an environment in your life that hungers and yearns for the presence of God.” Bryan Jarrett
“The only way we can create and maintain a hunger for God is to protect our soul by choosing what we fill it with…
“So the truth is, to the degree you’re filled with the things of life determines your response to His call.