Wednesday Word: In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit!
As a child growing up, this was a popular phrase used in police chase scenes that usually involved a sports car or muscle car with a “well-intentioned” driver, a bumbling law enforcement officer and a whole lot of cars getting smashed! These scenes may be fun to watch, but are certainly not reality.
But, as I think of this term from a different perspective, what are we really in hot pursuit of?
To prove that our opinion or solution is the right one?! or...
To make all believe the way we believe...or...
The next thing that will make us happy??
I saw a quote that made me laugh today, “I’m not arguing, I’m just trying to tell you all the reasons I’m right!” I feel we are culturally falling into the trap of pursuing our “rightness” for our own gain. This type of pursuit is birthed in the flesh and most always ends in selfish interests being pursued.
We may not always think of actively “pursuing Jesus'' because we know that through the Holy Spirit, He is with us always. But, that is exactly what the term “seeking” is directing us to do! Throughout the Bible, over and over again, the Word of God encourages us to seek Him. Not to just sit back and see how things go, but to earnestly seek Christ.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
These verses indicate that seeking Jesus--the pursuit of Him--is an active process and one that involves a constant personal choice. What are you in pursuit of at the moment? Being right? Secular checklists? Or are you seeking Jesus with all your heart?
Be in hot pursuit of Jesus!