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Pursuing God

I have just finished reading ‘The Pursuit of God’ by AW Tozer, and to say it rocked my world would be an understatement!

It’s one of those old books which aren’t always easy to understand, put there was just something about it that I could put it down.

In a world where people are constantly on the pursuit for something I honestly believe we forget to pursue God. I think of church leaders for example; we pursue the next big thing, we pursue multi site, church growth, leadership, creativity, church planting, the best show in town, small groups, social justice, youth ministry, kids ministry, direct mail, big events and so many others things. In fact whatever you want to pursue there’s a conference or a network you can attend to help you in your pursuit.

However, how many of us are really pursuing God? How many of us lie in bed at night wondering how we can get closer to God or increase our intimacy of God? How many of us wake up in the morning realizing that before we can achieve we must search? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself.

The church seems to be getting bigger, our effects seem to be successful and our models seem to be working, but at what cost?

If our number one pursuit isn’t a personal yearning and longing for the one we call Yahweh then all our effcets may bring ‘success’ here on earth, but we may find they just rang as loud noisy empty cymbols in heaven.

Lord, help me to be a man who before I do anything else learns how to pursue you. Let you word, your character, your statutes and your truth be my number one aim. Not fame, not recognition, not success or anything else this world pushes us to pursue, but let my life’s pursuit be you! As the deer yearns after the water when it’s thirsty, let my soul sing a song of never ending pursuit of you. Amen.


Are You Listening?

Reading a Bible can have many effects on differing people.

For one the effect of boredom, another the effect of remembering a story they heard as a child in Sunday School. Others may feel the effect of affirming their theology or the guilt of their lifestyle.

However, the longer I am on this journey of faith the more the Bible has become important. That’s an obvious statement for most Christians because they see the Bible as almost a Playbook or a map to helping them with their lives. Yet the Bible has become more than a map or guide to life for me. It’s become the place that I have started to listen!

When I was a baby believer I would read the Bible then put it down and get on with my life, and to be honest I struggled to find it relevant for my life. Now things are different, now I listen. As I read I have become aware that the bible is the truth of God and it always points to the voice of God. In fact Jesus has a name that the Apostle John called The Word and the truth of God tells us that The Word is alive and active. This must mean that for a word to be alive it is still speaking.

So now when I open my Bible I read a little and listen a lot. I realize The Word wants to be alive and active in my life.

So next time you open the good ole book don’t just read it, listen to it, you’ll hear something and that something will change your life forever!

What’s Your Story?

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long. – Fanny Crosby

The words of this great old hymn have been sung throughout the world in church buildings, church services, in the homes and cars of individual Christians, during times of blessing and times are hardship. Yet these words are so much more than the lyrics to a song. These are the words of a life story!

Each of us have a story. Some have their story in the public eye, some keep their story in private, some have had movies made about their story while others have written books about their story. No matter who we are though, there is a story behind our lives.

One day someone is going to ask you to tell your story. It could be a new friend, a significant other. It may be an employer or someone you manage. It may happen soon, it may not happen for many years, but one thing is guaranteed, one day someone will want to know your story!

For Fanny Crosby there was only one theme behind her story, that was the assurance, grace, peace and hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her story wasn’t about song writing, it wasn’t about all she could achieve. It wasn’t about becoming popular or famous, it was about one thing, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The way you tell your story reveals what has touched your heart and changed your life. Fanny Crosby had the perfect story to tell. A heart that had been touched by the gospel and a life that had been changed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Is your story similar to Mrs Crosby’s or do you have a different story to tell?

One day, the almighty creator, God the father will ask you for your story; unless your story tells of a life that has been born of the spirit of God and washed by the blood of Jesus Christ, the rest will have all been in vain!

Is it time to change your story?