“Why do people say, “At last we are free from God, we don’t need Him anymore?” -Jeremiah 2:31
God’s really been checking me on my motives lately. My motives for serving, going into ministry, preaching, making money, networking, the list goes on and on.
Jeremiah 2:31 hit me hard while I was on vacation. One of the things I’ve come to realize is that I’ve been guilty of pursuing the “abundant life” God’s promised us, instead of pursuing the God who provides abundant life.
The result? In our pursuit of the abundant life, we end up pursuing our own provision instead of God’s. This pursuit ultimately leads to the belief that we no longer need God, but that we can, in ourselves, provide our own life of abundance. This belief will lead to lack of direction, confusion, discontentment, not to mention: No peace, no joy, frustration, anger, bitterness, envy, the list goes on and on.
It’s so easy to come to a point in our walk with God where we pursue God for what He can do for us, instead of for who He is and what He has done for us.
But if we’ll be honest with ourselves or travel that path long enough, we’ll recognize that we’re nothing without God, nothing without our pursuit of Him, nothing without our desire to simply serve Him. We’ll never come to a place where we don’t need God.
God keeps bringing me back to a place where I didn’t care if I didn’t care how big of a ministry I served in was, when I didn’t care how big of a network I have, how much money I made, or what title I had, but a place where I trusted Him for all of that and I was so happy just because I knew Him and served Him in anyway I could.
A place of total dependency on Him. There is no better place to live. Eventually we’ll all recognize that we need God. Our pursuit of anything but Him, will leave us empty and in want.
Pursue HIM with EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT. Only at that moment, will you experience the abundant life He’s provided.