I have just finished reading A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, one of the best books I have ever read. I highly recommend every follower of Christ to take time to read it. After you are done read it again and again!
One of the first chapters is titled the blessedness of possessing nothing. A statement which seems to be very contradictory. When we think about it though and are honest with ourselves we truly own nothing even when we think we do. We know that one day everything in this world will pass away. We have taken God out of the center of our lives to often and replaced Him with things or possessions. Tozer writes, “our woes began when God was forced out of the central shrine and ‘things’ were allowed to enter. Within the human heart ‘things’ have taken over. Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer.” We so often let our own ‘pursuits’ replace the only pursuit that matters. We covet things with an intense desire. We want more things to fill us up. When in reality the only thing that can truly full us up is our Heavenly Father. Things have gotten to the point where they are a necessity for our lives. God’s gifts to us were never meant to be a substitute for finding our fulfillment and satisfaction in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We must hold fast to the promises of Jesus in Luke 9:23-25 “23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?“
We must remember we are running a race, we are running a race not in pursuit of this possession or that new car or house. We must first keep our eyes on Christ and run the race in pursuit of God. Remembering what it says in Hebrews 12, “Let us lay aside every weight, and sin that clings so closely, let us run the race that is set before us. Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.“