How hard we have sought after the people, places, and things of this life on earth, oh how infinitely harder we should seek the Lord and His will and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and His lordship and reign and supremacy in our hearts and lives. With such incredible love, passion, zeal, and fervor we humans seek the fulfillment of the lusts of our flesh. We yearn, we long, we hunger, we thirst for the satisfying of self and all we want, dream of, think of, and imagine. But for those who want to live forever with God in heaven, rather than in hell and the lake of fire in eternal torment, we must turn from self and sin, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, and turn to God and His ways and seek Him and His will for us with all our hearts.
This turning, this repentance, is so clearly and challengingly summed up as a commitment to deny self, take up our crosses, and follow after Jesus. To seek Him. With more fire, more gusto, more dedication, more commitment, more devotion than imaginable. Whereby the way we sought what is merely temporary on this earth is nothing compared with the way we learn and yearn to seek – and faithfully follow – Jesus.
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
I have an exceeding love for, devotion to, passion, and fervor for my beloved Jesus. I am totally sold out to Him. I live and breathe to love and worship and glorify God. I wasn’t always this way. For years, I was anything but. But the Lord didn’t leave me as I was. He has led me to a place of being wholly His and not wanting it to be any other way. I can’t get enough of the Lord and His Word and telling the world about Him. I am ever seeking the Lord to “lay hold of” more of Him, more being loved by Him, more loving Him, more serving Him, more knowing Him, more intimacy with Him, more of all He is, becoming more like Him, being more transformed by Him, drawing closer and closer to Him and Him to me, and pouring out His love onto the world around me as I strive to help others to experience and enjoy the same. To be totally His. Now. And forever.
This world will one day be gone. Jesus is forever. God’s children will be with Him forevermore. So let us seek Him day by day, moment by moment, running after Him, chasing after Him, hungering and thirsting for Him, longing for ever more of Him, pursuing Him, seeking Him without ceasing, and adoring, revering, honoring, praising worshiping, and glorifying Him all along the way.
Please read in the verses below how the apostle Paul seeks after Jesus to “lay hold of” that for which Jesus desires to “lay hold of” him. This, friend, is the great prize. The great reward. The greatest prize, and reward, in the universe. Jesus the Christ and intimate forever fellowship with Him! Seek the Lord Jesus Christ, my friend, with every ounce of your heart and strength. This moment. Moment by moment. And forever and ever, AMEN!
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:7-14