In his famous book the “Pursuit of God” pastor and author, A. W. Tozer writes,
“Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of numerous activities which keep us busy and distracted and which occupy our time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. Religious pursuits and activities can never replace the personal abiding relationship that God desires for His people.”
Pastor Tozer continued to address the problems in the Laodecean Age of the Church, when he said,
“I want to deliberately encourage a mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought this generation to its present low estate or condition. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of Holy Desire! Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute (fervent desire) must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His People!”
The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our personal worship stand in the way of a vibrant, dynamic personal relationship with God. Hebrews 11:6, tells us that God rewards those who take the time to diligently seek Him! Jesus taught that a believer’s relationship with Him is very important and is an investment that has eternal value. (Read Luke 10:38-42) Where He concludes His lesson by saying, “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part (one needful thing) that shall not be taken away from her.” Mary chose to spend time communicating with Jesus!
Prayer is our primary means of contacting God and opening up our lives to His purposes for us. The more time you spend with the Father alone in quiet solitude the better chance you will hear His voice guiding and directing you amidst all the busyness, clamor, and noise this world brings into our paths.
We must also put our own eyes in daily contact with the Scriptures! It is during these times of personal reading, study, and meditation that we receive the encouragement, instruction, and strength to meet each day’s challenges. By saturating our lives with God’s Word on a daily basis we will receive the supernatural strength and peace that only His living and powerful words can give us! We can’t depend on others for our nourishment. Personal growth in intimacy with our Heavenly Father can only come when you let the Holy Spirit make the scriptures come alive for you personally on a regular daily basis. It is not good enough to rely on what you did last month, last year or five years ago. Our Heavenly Father is looking for hearts that are devoted to Him daily. God expects an attitude of diligence, zeal, devotion, and dedication. We are not expected to be perfect, but we certainly are expected to show passion, desire, and effort as we seek God with all of our Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind!
Brethren, the apostle Paul was very concerned about his relationship with God and in I Corinthians 9:27 he mentioned the danger of being a castaway or unapproved by God if he didn’t diligently pursue a dynamic abiding relationship with the Father and Son as mentioned in John 15:1-17. He knew this relationship was the key to success in the Christian life! Our Great and Awesome Creator God is looking for men and women with hearts that follow hard to know Him in a personal daily relationship. King David was such a man who was described in the Scriptures in this manner, “I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart which shall fulfill all my will.” That should be every Christian’s goal! To have our Heavenly Father say about us, “Well done my good and faithful servant, you are a man or woman after my own heart.” You desire that one thing that shall not be taken away from you. Your focus is to seek after my presence above all else, with everything you’ve got.
Brethren, take a few minutes to evaluate your walk with God. Do you have a real heart after God? Do you have a resolute mindset and consuming desire to fulfill all the will of God in your life? Do you schedule time for the Word and Prayer daily! Many people claim to be Christians, but there are very few Godly people. There is a huge difference between the two. King David was a Godly man. He was not perfect and had a problem with sin. But he confessed his sin with great sorrow and repented of his behavior and God gave him the strength to overcome it. His heart was fixed to do the will of God in all things (Psalm 57:7) David knew that his secret meetings with God in quiet solitude were the key to his growth and maturity in Faith, Holy Living, and Godly Character.
Make a commitment today to spend more time in God’s Word and hide it in your heart! Memorize and meditate upon the things of the Lord. Make it a priority to dwell on the principles of thought found in Philippians 4:7-8. Paul tell us in these verses that if you want the peace of God, which the world can’t understand, then you must think and dwell on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, or good report, virtuous, and worthy of praise! A regular diet of scripture will do wonders for your life!
Remember God has called you to a life of spiritual growth and that your spiritual growth will be directly dependent on your consistent intake of the Word of God as your spiritual food and your application of it in your daily walk with Christ! This is the road to spiritual growth – and unity, peace, and joy in our lives!
Psalm 63: 1-2; 8:
1)O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2) to see thy power and thy Glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3) My soul follows hard after thee: thy right hand upholds me.