In law enforcement terminology there’s this thing called “Hot Pursuit”. It means going chasing after someone with everything they have. God is always in Hot Pursuit of us, but what about us? When it comes to the relationship God offers, are we in Hot Pursuit? Cold Pursuit? Or Lukewarm Pursuit?
Now those progressives out there that want us to throw away the Old Testament because there’s too much judgment and rules, well just take a look at this: Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (The Message)
“Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!”
While we can be masters of deception and hide what is really in our heart, eventually, it comes out. What you say is the result of what is in your heart. Now sometimes when a person reveals their heart towards us, those words are ugly and wound. The result is, we don’t want to be friends with them. We turn our back on them. But when it comes to God, well, it is quite a bit different.
The heart is like a warehouse that stores things. It can be good, evil, or both at the same time. There comes a time when we need to see what is really in our heart. I will confess to you there are times when I have a crisis of faith, experience brokenness, grief, disappointments—well to put it plainly and to the point—sometimes my heart is messy. And in those messy times I need to know where I can go, where I can turn, where I know my feelings won’t be ignored, or made to feel small, or like a failure.
We all need somewhere to turn when life gets tough and things don’t turn out like we want. We need a place that will bind up our wounds and heal them, even if we believe that the wounds are too deep. And it needs to be a place we can count on to always be there for us. I have looked for that place and would like to tell you that I found it, but I would be lying. I didn’t find that place; The Place Found Me. The Place I’m talking about is the heart of God.
I have had a Job experience—with all my pain and disappointment, I still want God. I do not always know how to get out of those places, but I know God does, and He will show me and help me and heal me. And if God still wants my heart in the shape that it was and sometimes still gets in, then I know I need to get in hot pursuit of God’s heart. Here is how I see giving our heart to God.
Step 1: Give God Your Whole Heart!
You can’t give God bits and pieces of your heart a little at the time. You can’t give God the majority of your heart. Give Him your whole heart. You have to take the risk that it’s really true: That He Loves You With His Whole Heart All The Time. He’s given you his whole heart in the Son who died on the Cross for me and you.
And giving Him your whole heart isn’t a one-time decision. It’s not even a once a week or once a day decision you make. It Has To Be A Conscious And Intentional Moment By Moment Decision For The Rest Of Your Life. If you don’t give Him your whole heart, You Will NEVER Know That He Can Be Trusted To Love You.
Step 2: Trust God With All That’s In Your Heart!
Whatever abilities, passions, dreams, goals and gifts you have, hand them over to God. God can take the simplest ability, the smallest gift, and do great things in your life. Your relationships—give them over to God. Trust God to help you find and build those relationships HE wants you to have. Your time—make God the only priority in your life all the time. Don’t give God a token Sunday.
Every waking and breathing moment, give it to God and live it in Him and allow Him to work through you. And when you find your heart is filled with darkness, when in those moments when everything is messy, trust God with your pain, your doubts, your fears, your discouragement. God does not want only the good things in your heart. He will take the tough stuff, too. Trust that God will deliver you. Trust that God will transform you. Trust That When You Just Don’t See How, God Can See How.
Step 3: Serve God With All Your Strength!
Sometimes you will feel strong in Him. Serve Him will all that abundant strength. Whenever you think that your contribution to God isn’t much, serve Him with all of that, too. When you think someone could do it better than you, go ahead and serve God with all you are.
But sometimes, you may find yourself like I have found myself from time to time—not so strong, feeling broken and hurt. Whatever strength you have, be it ever so little, serve God. Serving God isn’t all about being a 5 star athlete.
It’s about taking just one day at a time and whatever is in you that day, the good, the bad, and the ugly; giving it to God.
God Loves You And Even When Your Heart Is Messy Or Broken, He Will Restore Your Heart And Restore You To The Only Relationship That Matters The Most—The Relationship With Him!
Does God have ALL of your heart? I’m not asking are you perfect. Breaking News Story: YOU’RE NOT PERFECT! NEVER HAVE BEEN! What I am asking is this: When Was The Last Time You Surrendered All Of Your Heart—The Good, Bad And Ugly—To The Only One Who Has Given You His Whole Heart?
So, love God with all your heart. Love others the way God loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him–who longs to call you His Son, His Daughter!