Worship that is deficient in either spirit or truth is something less than true worship. But even so, God must still be worshiped. Intellectual truth and emotional desire can carry us only so far. At some point, a commitment must be made, and it must be kept diligently.
Diligently Seeking God
We’re made in the image of a God who is perfect love, and we flourish only when we love Him rightly. If we fail to love Him rightly, we may still know some sort of love in this world. But that love will be our undoing. “Love is the fire of life; it either consumes or purifies.”
What does it mean to pursue the love of Christ? More than our pursuing Him, it means allowing ourselves to be pursued by Him. It’s the choice to accept His benevolent will, ceasing to run away from the great love that He has desired to give us for so long.
The God who calls us to repentance is calling us simply to let go of the “useless things” that have been holding us back. The things we’re being asked to leave out of our lives are merely our liabilities, things that in the long run can never do anything but hurt us.
If we are to make any worthwhile progress, we must deal with our daily decisions straightforwardly. If they seem difficult this morning, they will be more so this afternoon — and by this evening, they may have become practically impossible.
When it comes to God, there is no safe territory between love and hatred. Halfheartedness is simply one form of hatred, and it is the most repulsive as far as God Himself is concerned. For this reason, Jesus wishes to disturb us. “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
If we seek God truly, we will not wander aimlessly in the realm of spirituality, but we will pursue a path that goes toward the doing of definite good things. The discipleship He seeks from us is not merely one that we enjoy, but one that produces results.
It would take a hard heart not to be moved by Jesus’ words: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23). This seems much too good to be true. Only God could make it true.
We are invited to “take hold of the life that is truly life.” There is no good reason why our God can’t be the God whom David knew: “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
God waits for us to confess our weakness and come home to Him. The story contained in the Scriptures is the story of how God made this homecoming possible. It is the story of an infinite God in whose perfection we may find our sustenance and support.