As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, pursuit is to find or employ measures to obtain or accomplish. There is a resolve in the word pursuit. It is the determined quest for a desired outcome …
As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, pursuit is to find or employ measures to obtain or accomplish. There is a resolve in the word pursuit. It is the determined quest for a desired outcome or item that is important to us.
We in Wyoming are especially aware of what pursuit is. Pursuit is what we do when we hunt and fish. Many of us drop everything else in our lives to employ measures to obtain our quarry whether that be fish or mammal. We get passionate about these pursuits.
Maybe these aren’t your passions. Maybe it is something else altogether. Maybe your pursuit is a job promotion or a bigger and more beautiful home. Perhaps you are pursuing status or position. The fact is that we all pursue what is important to us. We find or employ measures to obtain or accomplish what is essential to us.
In such quests, we chase after goals or things that we believe will fulfill us. We pursue things that we just know will complete life and achieve our deepest desires.
Yet, in the end, we find such items fall short of contentment. Our pursuits simply can’t fill the void we long to fill with earthly pursuits. There is only one quest that will satisfy that deep desire within us. The fulfillment we seek, the void needing to be filled, is a deep and lasting relationship with our God.
Psalm 42:2-1 says, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?”
As vital as water is to that deer, so is a relationship with the creator of the universe for us, his created. Genesis 1:27 tells us that we were created in the image of God. Now that doesn’t mean he looks like us or we look like him, it means we were created to be in relationship with him. Thus, the importance of pursuing this relationship.
If you are feeling unfulfilled or longing, the answer isn’t a job, a house or the latest tech. The answer is found in Christ.
Our relationship with God was broken by the sin of the first humans. The good news is that not only should we be pursuing God, but he has also pursued us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
He sent his one and only son to die on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins and restore our relationship with him. He made it possible for us to obtain the fulfillment of our true pursuit. He gave us the opportunity to be in a relationship with him.
(Jon Allen is the associate pastor at Grace Point in Powell.)