An Endless Pursuit?
Saturday, March 15, 2009
An endless pursuit? An endless pursuit of what?
Well, before I answer this question, what is it that you are pursuing? Anything at all? Whether you are chasing after some dream, some goal, some desire, or just some kind of satisfaction, the truth is we are all in some kind of pursuit that is endless.
Some clever people will attempt to come up with a scenario that is not ultimately endless. For example, one common dream is the dream of having a successful life. Well, suppose you do land the dream job that pays great, always has something new to learn or a new situation to tackle and you are exactly the person needed for whatever career you dream of, do you really think your career will be 100% successful? Do you really think you will never fail at your job ever? Perhaps you do escape errors or misfortune often enough, but does that mean you will stop desiring further success? You see, in some light or in some perspective, the pursuit of success is unending.
There is only one pursuit that ultimately has an end, but it is not the kind of pursuit we always think of as a pursuit. This is the pursuit of life. We all pursue something more to life. However, no matter how much we pursue more in life, death will ultimately end our pursuit.
Gosh Timothy, thanks for the reminder of mortality, but what exactly are you getting at?
Well, as I have mentioned in my writings before, I have been going through a devotional book which aims at inspiring a Christian towards a renewed heart. This devotional book, combined with a current issue I face in life, has brought me to the point of wondering how much renewing my heart needs. Well, the answer to this question is typically a shock to those of us who already know Jesus to be our Savior, and that answer is that my heart needs daily renewal.
Just think for a moment. Man or woman is sinful by our very nature. Scripture teaches us in the book of Romans that “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” This is why we need the salvation of a Perfect Savior, and for those who believe in the Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ, we also believe that Christ’s sinless life is what makes him able to serve as our Perfect Savior. We also therefore believe that faith in and life through this Perfect Savior will save us when we are judged by God when he brings time to an end.
Now, we also know that even though we can have faith in our Perfect Savior, Jesus Christ, we are still human and can still sin. Well, then, in this very truth we find the reason why we need daily renewal. If we sin as we go through our day, we need our faith in our Perfect Savior to renew our heart towards living a life worthy of his Salvation. If it is at all possible, suppose we go a whole day without sinning, do we still need our hearts renewed on such a day? Yes, Indeed!
This life is very taxing and draining on our hearts and our spirits. We know this from how painful a small thing like a paper cut is or in how tiring a long work day can be. We learn at an early age how tough it is to be obedient to the instructions of a parent for a full day. Life, at any age, is tiring. So if by chance we do live one whole day without sin, what are the odds of living another day in a row without sin? To be worthy of heaven, we must live a sinless LIFE and never slip up once. Why take a chance on living every day of our life sinless on our own when we can look to Christ daily for hope and strength to live perfect just as he did. Imagine the renewal we would feel if each day we truly desired to model Christ!
There is one passage from the Bible that I feel makes this need for renewal very obvious and clear. It is that passage we hear or read all the time from Philippians 3. I’m going to cite it, but read it with this idea regarding our need for daily renewal.
“12Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 [NASB]
That’s the Apostle Paul saying that even he, the writer of at least ½ of the books in the New Testament, must strive forward for the cause of Christ and living worthy of the Salvation Christ freely gives.
Living a life worthy of the gift of Salvation we find in Jesus is not easy at all, and those who claim that it is, are either greatly blessed with God’s continual protection or living in ignorance of just how unworthy their life is. As we live our lives, let us live in the endless pursuit of having a heart right before God and a life worthy of the wonderful Salvation of Jesus Christ!
If you cannot make this pursuit yours, ask yourself, what will the things I do pursue amount to if and/or when Jesus returns and your pursuits are judged by his highest standard?
Written by Timothy Hegerich
Edited by Carol Jones
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!