Monday, July 6, 2015

What are You Chasing?

I have teamed up with Daughter of Delight to write a devotional once each week. It will appear first on Daughter of Delight and Instagram, but I will also post them here. 

Do you remember playing tag when you were a kid?

I hated being "it". I was a slower runner, so I ended up being the one who chased the others. At the time, it was embarrassing and frustrating. But now, as an adult, I can fully appreciate the concept of chasing after something. 

When you chase, you are focused on one thing. You aren't distracted by how you look, or if people will think you look silly running. You don't think about what you'll have for lunch or what your friends will think of your new haircut. You only think about capturing your opponent. You're committed to accomplishing your goal.

Is this how we chase God? Focused, unrelenting, and pressing on toward a relationship with Jesus, or are we distracted? If someone looked at your life, what would they say you were chasing? A career? A relationship? A great body? Wealth? Jesus?

You can only chase after one thing. You can't chase after two, for they will take you in different directions. Luke 16:13 says, "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other..." This verse is referring to wealth, but it applies to any idol that takes our focus away from God. 

It is important to intentionally chase after God because what we chase ends up changing us. If you're running after a righteous life with your Savior, you'll become wise, discerning, humble, and committed. If you chase after things of this world, you'll become more like it, and less like Christ.

The word Christian means, "Christ follower." We should not only follow Christ, but run after Him with all we've got. He deserves it. So today, take a minute to look at your life and ask, “What am I chasing?”