Which statement is truer: We pursue God, OR God pursues man? Throughout the Bible, God calls mankind to pursue righteousness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness, godliness, peace, and other similar traits. To be more specific, He's telling this to those who have already put their faith in Christ, and He does that so we might be able to do these things through His strength rather than our own. As 1 Peter 2:3 says, "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." In that verse, you can clearly see that it's God who is calling out to us, and not us calling out to God. When in darkness, a person can see no light, but when God provides that light in a person's life, that's a sign of God calling out to them. This comes down to the definition of salvation itself, for being saved is what God did for us, having sacrificed His one true son, Jesus, to compensate for all our sins. Therefore, experiencing salvation isn't what we can do for God, it's what He does (and did) for us.
This may all sound great, but can it apply to our lives here and now? Yes, it can, because of the method God has chosen to call out to other men. We, as Christians, are that method God uses to pursue the unsaved. In life and in the Bible, you don't see God reaching out to unsaved people through animals, stars, or angels, although at times He does reveal Himself through creation (Romans 1:20). God has called us to be His ambassadors to witness for Him. As Paul says in Galatians 2:20, "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." In other words, we need not try to reach out through our own strength, for even the unsaved can do that (try and bring glory to their own causes), but we need to reach out with God's strength working through us. Jesus Himself didn't come to us to help the ministry of the high priests of the law. Instead, He came as a humble man, the son of a carpenter, reaching out to the prostitutes, tax collectors, and other people known at the time as the "scum of the earth", taking in not high priests, but mere fishermen to lead the expansion of His kingdom. Even then, Christ didn't lift Himself up as the political head of the nation, as many expected the Messiah would do. He instead humbled Himself even more, being crucified on the cross to physically die for our sins. Many of us Christians try to connect solely with other believers to make ourselves feel better, but Christ calls every one of us into a life of ministry to non-believers. At the same time, having fellowship and interaction with other believers helps us in our personal walk with Jesus, but sometimes we need to check our priorities in where our time is spent. And finally, as the pastor of the church I attend recently said, "After set on fire, people need to see us BURN!!!"
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