It’s the thrill of pursuit that keeps us going, the rush of adrenaline surging through our body when we’re close to reaching a personal best or a few seconds away from winning a big game. We surge forward in anticipation of what’s to come because we have hope for a successful season.
What we pursue shows where we invest our heart, mind and soul. If one of our goals this year is to reignite our passion for God through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, one of the first steps is to Pursue Truth. Pursuing Truth gets us into God’s Word and lets us go deeper in understanding who He is and how we can live in tune to Him.
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This four-day reading plan invites readers to dig deeper into what it means to Pursue Truth and remain anchored in God’s Word through seasons of uncertainty. Throughout the plan, you’ll discover how to Pursue Truth, as well as how to Read the Truth, Pray the Truth and Reach for Truth.
It’s our passion that propels us, and if we ground ourselves in God’s Word, we set ourselves up for a solid foundation that will sustain us long into the days, weeks and months ahead.
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Steadfast: Pursue Truth
“Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.” – 1 Timothy 6:11 (NLT)
Pursuit is active engagement, setting one’s sights on a goal or prize, a determination to do what it takes to reach the end result. What we set out to do sticks with us throughout the entire process. We all have the drive to pursue inside us; it’s how we’re wired.
Every athlete is pursuing something: earning a scholarship, winning a championship, or landing a contract. As the stakes rise, the drive behind that pursuit intensifies. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but what if we’re spending too much energy pursuing things that don’t last? What’s important, and where do we find God amid all the straining forward?
Much like we pursue our goals in sports, God does the same with us. He pursues us. He loves us and accepts us as we are. Success is no longer defined by our skills. With Him, we can leave the pressure of performance behind. With Him, we’re already a winner. His sacrifice for us gives us significance. We have a new purpose when we play.
Through the redemption of our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God brought us to Himself and there are no longer any barriers. We are free to live in communion with our Creator and now nothing can separate us from the love of God.
It’s important that we know what we really need in our lives. The Bible is clear about what it is: a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Truth, and in a world where nothing seems to be certain, we can trust that God’s Word is absolute Truth and never changes. When we Read the Truth, we anchor our faith in God’s character to withstand the storms of life’s circumstances. When we Pray the Truth, we come closer to God through personal communication that lets us learn more about who God is. And when we Reach for Truth, we invite others into the journey with us, creating an accountability that sharpens and directs our faith walk.
Through God’s Word, prayer, and accountability, we can pursue the mission He has paved for us, and frame that mission around the certainty of salvation and God’s involvement in our daily lives.