Passionate Pursuit

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruiful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for is you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:2-11

I want to challenge all Christians out there, especially you ladies, to think about this passage.

When we find a hobby or sport that we love, we don’t just say that we’ll just always “do the best we can at it”.  No, you know what we do.  We start studying about it.  We practice.  We keep practicing.  We play or do it every chance that we get.  Many true athletes of any given sport have been “accused” of “living and breathing it”.  When we are that consumed by something we love, we want to be the best at it.

Why, then, do we, as Christians, not as passionately pursue Christ.

Nothing!  Nothing is more important than eternity ~ ours and everyone elses.

Why, when this whole-hearted pursuit of God is the most important thing in life, do we not take it as seriously as we take temporal pursuits, like sports.

Peter gives us the key to success in this passage.

When we can get a grasp on this one thought:  “Everything that I do will either grieve God’s heart or please God’s heart” things will change.

But just as you can’t accurately and effectively play and win in sports if you don’t “read the rule book”, you can’t accurately and effectively portray Christ to a world that desperately needs Him unless you “read the Book”.

The Bible isn’t just a book of rules and regulations, though.  When we read a rule book, say on baseball, we don’t argue with the rules, we don’t ignore the rules, we don’t “rebel” against the rules.  We simply use them as absolutes that we use in the practice of the sport.

So why, when all of eternity is based on your pursuit of God, do we not use the Bible the same way.

Just saying!

I’m challenging you all to step up to the plate.  Start taking this pursuit seriously.

Remember that your “name tag to the world” says, “Jesus Christ as portrayed by…….(your name)”

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