Years ago, there was a popular book called The God Chasers. I remember one of my more theologically conservative friends asking me if God was running from us and that’s why we were chasing him.
Besides just being an unfunny jerk, he missed a very important point the Bible wants us to grasp. Yes, of course God pursues US…”We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). But we’re also called to pursue HIM: “I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)
Years ago my kids and I ran one of those mud run races. The idea is a fun run (I know, oxymoron), but with obstacles to climb or slosh through. People actually pay money to participate…but throughout the race, I saw lots of people skip the obstacles. That was the whole point…that was the only fun part about it!
The Bible often refers to the Christian life as a race. This year some of us have dropped out. Some of us have taken a break. Some of us have been trying to cut corners and avoid obstacles. Maybe some of you haven’t even started yet.
“Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first…” (Revelation 2:5) Remember. Repent. Repeat. In this last sermon series, we’ve discussed at length what Jesus has done and is doing for us. We talked last week about repentance and being called, like Peter, to, “Follow Me.”
Join us Sunday for our final Reset message where we’ll discuss very practically what YOU can do to pursue Jesus and return to your first love.
See you Sunday – and don’t forget to stick around after church for free, delicious Bar-B-Q!