There are times when I wonder if I sound like a broken record. I consistently have to bring myself back to the fact that God is passionately pursuing me because it’s so easy for me to forget this truth. I tend to want to wander off on my own and do my own thing, once again running away from him. I can end up believing the lie that he’s given up on me. I can imagine him putting his foot down, arms crossed, waiting for me to return, unwilling to take one more step toward me.
But that’s simply not true.
Over and over again in the Bible, we see God’s pursuit of us. He goes after the one over and over and over again. I don’t say this so that we’ll run from him knowing he’ll come to get us. Instead, I’m merely marveling in the fact that he continues to do this when my utter humanity kicks in, when fear drives my behaviors, or I believe shame’s lies.
He’s done all the work, I just have to trust him. I have to resist the urge to run and, if I do run, I can choose to stop, knowing that the second I turn around he’ll be right there with open arms, welcoming me back home.
In the show, Arrested Development, a story about a hilariously dysfunctional family and the efforts of one son Michael (played by Jason Bateman) to try and keep them all together, Michael’s son, George Michael (played by Michael Cera) begins dating a girl named Ann, much to Michael’s chagrin. Throughout the show, Michael forgets who Ann is though he’s met her numerous times, resulting in him asking the simple question: “her?” This gag then became a recurring joke throughout the show.
Oftentimes, I think the church takes this position about other people, asking “her?” or “him?” about those God saves. As a person who consistently has to battle self-righteousness and pride, I will be the first one to raise my hand and say that I’ve done this before. Yet, in the midst of my foolishness, God still passionately pursues me, just like he is pursuing you.
Jesus illustrates his relentless pursuit of…
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