Every Person Does This One Thing

September 3, 2021

…so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow–in heaven and on earth and under the earth…

Philippians 2:10

Written by Ben Hendren from the West Franklin Campus

Tag—You’re It!

Do you remember playing the game of tag as a child? Perhaps you’ve played recently with a child or grandchild. Whenever you are “it,” you must chase the other players and tag them. The person you tag becomes “it” and must now tag someone else. This simple child’s game is similar to the human experience… Every person does this one thing.

My life sometimes feels like a constant game of tag where God is always “it.” He constantly pursues me and finds me wherever I am. Sometimes, I am standing in the light of His love. Other times, I am hiding and hoping He does not find me. Every person does this one thing, too! Yet He is not waiting for us to move closer to Him, but instead meets us where we are.

 

Not Because of Us…

God pursues us. What an amazing concept! Romans tells us we are all sinners, and because of sin, we deserve death. Yet God pursues us because Jesus chose to die for us and, in doing so, paid our debt in full. Philippians 2:7-8 tells us He “emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on across.” We cannot earn our salvation; He freely gives it to us. The Creator of the universe pursues a personal relationship with us after sacrificing His Son for us.

Unlike tag, a relationship with God is no game. For those of you who have a relationship with God, ask God to open your eyes to those around you who don’t know Him and to give you opportunities to show His love to them. For those of you who do not know God, know that the powerful Creator of the universe loves you and that you cannot earn salvation; He freely gives it to you. God is actively pursuing you, and He will remain steadfast in His pursuit.

 

But Because of Jesus

Staying with the game theme, this is no trivial pursuit! God pursues us. When we get tired of running and hiding—as every person does—He will still be after us. Don’t get caught in the mindset that God needs you, but rather live in the grace that your sins are fully atoned for and that God wants a relationship with you.

 

Now What?

Take a moment to consider the current posture of your heart. Are your resting in Christ’s pursuit of your soul? Or do you still find yourself running? Ask the Lord to continue to reveal the areas of your life where you are tempted to run or hide, rather than simply living in the grace He has freely given to you. Pray for those in your life who do not know this grace.

 

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