We have observed “THE ONE THING” that we should pursue as followers of Jesus, but we can’t leave this subject without recognizing that there is only one pursuit with God. As soon as man was separated from God by sin, God begins to pursue man in order to restore that relationship. He does not wait for man to return to Him because God knew that sin will hinder man in any and every attempt. In fact, the very sound of God approaching man in the Garden of Eden caused Adam and Eve to “hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God” (Genesis 3:8). Hiding is the nature of sinful man. We want to hide both ourselves and our sin, while God desires to expose our sin, and draw out confession and repentance so that He can forgive and reconcile.
What should awaken our hearts to the nature and disposition of God is that even when we are blinded by our own sin, God keeps pursuing the ONE THING – to restore a relationship with man. Before sin was introduced, God enjoyed His “very good” creation, especially in man made after His “image and likeness” (1:26). No other part of creation could enjoy “fellowship” with God as man could. Now God pursues us through His Son so that we might be reconciled on the basis of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. “This is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).
How thankful we must be that God has never given up this ONE THING! He is still calling out to you and me, “Where are you” (Genesis 3:9) if there is any distance between us and Himself. Through the presence of the Holy Spirit in us, God is bringing conviction to our hearts of where we are spiritually hiding or at a distance. Are you hiding from God because of some sin or failure, or because you have not kept Jesus as your ONE THING? Stop hiding and ask Him to restore your relationship back to the freshness of what God has always intended you to have with Him.
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