Pursue Life

Do you desire to find peace? Are you looking to know what it is like to be content? Are you willing to leave behind your past and step into an unknown future filled with good? Do you seek a life of pure joy?

I believe we all would love a life of pure joy. Honestly, we see people pursuing it every day. They seek it in their jobs. They seek it in relationships. They seek in new toys. Unfortunately, they are looking for it in all the wrong places.

To find the pure joy we all seek, we must turn from seeking it in a worldly fashion. We must stop chasing the American dream. This world is full of illusions and false promises. Yet, there is One who makes promises in truth and His promises are fulfilled.

If we truly want to love life or have a life worth loving, we need to forsake this worlds desires. That doesn’t mean we don’t work. It doesn’t mean we don’t have relationships. It doesn’t mean we turn our back on the world in a physical sense. It does mean we stop allowing the world and its desires be our driving force. Rather we allow God to be our driving force.

When we allow God to be our driving force, we find the intangibles we can’t find in the world. We find eternal life in the here and now and in the future. We discover that He does really keep His promises and leave behind the disappointment we find in this world.

Does it mean it’s all unicorns and rainbows? No. Jesus promised that we would have hard times in this life. Haven’t we all seen and felt that promise come true? After all, we live in a world that has been corrupted by Satan. The pain and suffering we experience here and now is just a foretaste of what living apart from God for eternity will be.

Yet, we can also experience a foretaste of what spending eternity with God will be in the here and now. We can experience the fulfillment of His promises. Jesus has promised us life, if we will follow Him. When He speaks of life, it is eternal life. In fact, He typically used the Greek word for eternal life, even though it is simply translated as life in our English Bibles. So, go seek the eternal life Jesus promised. Take Him at His word. You won’t be disappointed.

I pray we all seek eternal life. I pray we take God up on His promises. I pray each one of us will share the life Jesus promises with others. Seek God. Seek eternal life. Experience God’s promises. Ask Jesus to fill you. Follow Jesus.

Psalm 34:12-14

Whoever of you loves life

and desires to see many good days,

keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from telling lies.

Turn from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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