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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 14, 2012 - The Pursuit

By Alex Bryant

When my wife and I started dating, it didn’t work out at first. I liked Angie all the way back to high school when I saw that she was a beautiful and godly woman. But we only dated once and kind of went our separate ways.

I went to college in Missouri, and Angie was actually engaged to be married to someone else. He was cool. I liked him. But, thankfully (at least my kids would agree that this is something to give thanks for), they broke off their engagement in the spring of 1992, and my interest in her was rekindled. When I returned home from college that summer, the chase was on!

Angie and I spent pretty much every waking moment together when we were not at work that summer. We were inseparable. The more time we spent together, the more fond I grew of her and eventually fell head over heels for her. By the end of that summer, I was smitten! I liked everything about her! She loved the Lord with all her heart. She was smart and charming, and we could talk and flirt for hours. Her smile melted my heart. Her sense of humor was refreshing; she really “got me” and thought I was funny.

But she made me work for her love, too. I asked her over and over to be “my lady,” but she made me work for her hand. I loved it!! I loved the pursuit, knowing that the prize, once I attained her love, would be worth all the time and effort. My pursuit lasted about seven months and it was so much fun!

I wonder if this is how God feels about pursuing our hearts.

Jesus says in John 6:44, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (NIV). He is basically saying that in order for us to enter a relationship with Him, He has to pursue us. The type of relationship He is talking about is one that offers eternal life.

His Word also says in 2 Peter 3:9, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” He loves us, each of us. And, like a man chases a woman and makes her his bride, God is willing to chase us in order to prove His love to us and for us.

My question is this … The Lord is waiting to win your heart. How long will you make Him wait?

Don’t play hard to get! He is long-suffering and patient, but He won’t pursue you forever. I encourage you to give Him your heart.

Oh, and He can’t be fooled. I knew when I had Angie’s whole heart. How much more do you think God knows you! You can’t fool Him by giving Him a part of your heart and then try to sneak around Him. All or nothing is what He asks for.

— Alex Bryant serves as college and young adults pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Fla.

 

 

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