Pulpit Reflections

Pulpit Reflections
There was a time as a young boy when I dreamed, like many boys, of playing in the major leagues. I was passionate about baseball. The time came, though, when I doubted that baseball could deliver enough good in order to be worthy of all that passion and energy. I still enjoy baseball, but I decided to reserve my passion for other pursuits.

I want to suggest to you that knowing God is a pursuit worthy of your passion. Knowing God expands your mind, improves your soul and sharpens your perspective on life and living because God is so much greater than we. Most importantly, knowing God is a worthy pursuit because He can be known. When Moses asked God the name he should use to identify Him to others, God answered, "I am who I am" (Exodus 3:14). All through the ages, men have imagined God to be many things. God is not defined by our imaginings, though. He is who He is. He has a unique, personal, identifiable identity. We don't have to wonder what God is like or follow the empty pursuit of seeking a God we have only imagined. We can know Him for who He really is.

Not only can God be known, He wants us to know Him. In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." In Hebrews 11:6, we're told that the essence of faith is to believe that God exists and that he "rewards those who diligently seek Him." From God's perspective, religion is not so much measured by the good things you do by your own initiative, but by the passion you have for knowing Him personally and fully. God's promise is that He will make sure you find Him when you seek Him passionately. And when you find Him, you will find meaning, purpose, joy, and peace that can't be found any other way.

A passionate pursuit of God can begin with a simple prayer, in your own words, telling God you want to know Him and asking Him to help you. Reading the Bible helps, too, because God has carefully revealed Himself in the words of the Bible. It's also good to spend time with others who are seeking God: to be in an environment where you can ask questions and seek answers among those who will encourage you, pray with you, and share with you their own experiences with God. That's what church was meant to be.

If you don't already have a church family like this, I want to invite you to seek God with us at Grace Baptist Church. On Sunday, June 24th, we are having a special outdoor worship service in Prentis Park beginning at 10:45AM. We'll follow the service with an afternoon of good food and fun activities for all. We would be delighted for you to be our guest on this special day or at any other time.

For more information, contact: Barbara Larson, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at 668-8235.

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