We had an incredible night at Ignite Merseyside in January.
Luke spoke a great word on Sunday night about Pursuing Jesus above all else. To pursue = to follow in order to capture. To follow close upon. To continue on a journey towards.The good news is that pursuing Jesus doesn't make us weird or strange, but it does change us. And the change starts from the inside out.
To pursue God means to long for the things of God. 2 Timothy 2v22 sums it up perfectly by saying,
"Run away from anything that stimulates youthful lusts, but instead PURSUE right living, faithfulness, love and peace."
PUBLIC pursuit is the easy part- going to church, going to Ignite etc but it's in our PERSONAL pursuit where we'll really find God. But the personal pursuit takes discipline, it takes surrender, it takes sacrifice- it's hard and inconvenient! But the amazing thing is that if we can succeed in the personal pursuit, then it's there that we will find such treasure, such reward and ultimately where we will find Jesus Christ himself- the best prize of all.
My prayer for each of us is that we will lay ALL else aside, that we will count it ALL as garbage, so that we can pursue Jesus with all that we have and all that we are. (Philippians 3v7-9) I pray that the Holy Spirit will strengthen each of our hearts, minds, spirits, souls and bodies and that he will give us ALL that we need to personally pursue him, and that when we seek him with ALL our hearts, that he will be found and revealed. (Jeremiah 29v13) And that our lives and hearts will be forever changed by him.
You're all amazing!