Maybe it’s our society, or maybe it’s simply being human, but it seems like we all have the drive to pursue something. Some people pursue riches, others pursue fame, while others pursue sexual conquests. We tend to pursue things we find pleasurable or enjoy. Though, many things are pleasurable, few are satisfying. The Lord tells us to pursue love. 1 Corinthians 14: 1 says, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” (ESV) The Greek word used in this scripture is ‘agape’ which means Godly love, so it is safe to say that this scripture is also saying, “Pursue God…” If it’s human instinct to pursue something, then our number one goal needs to be placing God in front of us always. In our society, it’s easy to put other things as more of a priority. These other elements may not look bad, but if put in the position of God, they can really pull us down. Let’s take a look at why God still must be our main focus over everything else.
No matter how much money we have, it will not buy our way into heaven. When reflecting on life, we typically don’t mull over how much money we’ve earned. Instead, we contemplate our character, our friendships, what we’ve accomplished and if we’re becoming the person we desire. The gospels speak about how it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven. Yes, money is a necessity in our society and it’s typically easier to live with more money than it is with less money, but money does tie us down to commitments, things, pleasures and responsibilities that can easily take focus away from Christ.
An effective reputation is important. But, if we’re pursuing a relationship with Christ, our reputation will be positive. It may not be cool, favored, popular, or in vogue, but it’ll present the love and truth of Christ, and that’s of upmost importance. If you aren’t leaning on Christ, then you’re leaning on your own understanding, or the understating of others as to what it is to be effective. Those standards are changing and presumed. God’s standards are good, mighty, true and firm. You can make a million decisions in attempt to control your reputation, but one wrong decision can send it crashing down.
Seeking God is smart.
Family and Friends
Certainly family and friends are incredibly important, and really, the only thing that should be above them is the Lord. In many cases, your family is the reason why you have a relationship with Jesus, and if they aren’t, then they’re the people you want most to be with you in heaven. So, making God first, no matter their relationship with the Lord, is honoring to those you deeply love.
The spectrum of what brings us pleasure is wide. Anything from food, to sex, to entertainment, to an “A,” to clothes, to drugs can bring us pleasure. But, pleasure is fleeting. YOLO seems so relevant in the moment, but once that moment has passed, there is nothing to show for that bit of pleasure. God did create things that would bring us pleasure, and in many cases He finds joy in our enjoyment of those things. But, there is so much more to life than a moment of pleasure. Much of what life is about regards responsibility and character development. Jumping from one pleasure to the next doesn’t develop either of these attributes.
Health and Beauty
The body is the temple of the Spirit, so it’s incredibly important to care for our bodies. But, taking care of the body for the sake of the Lord looks very different than caring for the body because we’re driven to look and feel a certain way for our own satisfaction. We should not neglect the body, but we should not place it on a pedestal either.
Pursuing something takes effort, so no matter what you’re after, it will take work. Even if God is your main goal, following Him will not come easily, nothing will. But, seeking God is smart. Many will be ashamed when what they trusted falls apart. Those who trust in Jesus will not be put to shame.
This article was inspired by a sermon given by one of our writer's, Pastor Scott Hilborn.