Some of the best movie action scenes involve police chases. Tires squeal, horns honk, people dive out of the way. When police are chasing after a lawbreaker, they are in “hot pursuit.” They put all their time and resources into apprehending the person being pursued.
We are supposed to be in hot pursuit of God in that same way. We should be running after Him just as a policeman chases a suspect. “Catching God” should be our chief occupation. It should be our greatest aim and our lives’ ambition.
Why should we hotly pursue God? What is the point? Why does it matter?
First and foremost, we are created to be lovers and worshipers of God. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with our all (Dt. 6:5, Mt. 22:37). We can scarcely love God in that manner unless we seek Him doggedly.
Consider also Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” We don’t find God by pursuing Him half-heartedly or lukewarmly. It takes everything.
This verse may seem a little offensive or maybe even a little unfair to some people. Why must we seek God whole-heartedly to find Him? Shouldn’t it be easy?
God requires our whole-hearted pursuit because He is jealous for us. We are to have no other god(s) but Him and none beside Him. That is the message of the first four commandments of the Ten Commandments.
Second, when we hotly pursue God, we lose the unimportant things that weigh us down. It becomes so easy to succumb to distraction in everyday life. We tend to get lost in the mundane things and lose sight of the most important things.
Hotly pursuing God ensures that we are seeking His kingdom first. Jesus instructs us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.”
Too often we are chasing after “all these things” instead of seeking God’s kingdom first. This gross misplacement of priorities results in failure on both accounts. Even if we gain some of “these things,” we don’t truly enjoy them because we have obtained them outside of God’s design and we can’t enjoy them with Him.
When we heed His words and seek Him first, He adds everything we need without the striving and stress that we suffer when we try to obtain “these things” without Him.
Today will you give Him top priority? Will you pursue Him with your wholeheart? If you will, something amazing is sure to happen!