This summer, I returned from a trip to Panama and I told my friend Ben that I am going to pursue Jesus harder than anyone ever has. He told me that was ironic, because he said that Jesus is pursuing me harder than anyone ever has.
Even though we had this conversation months ago, I think about it almost every day. Ben is a missionary with crazy hair who plays guitar with homeless people a lot, and he is one of the wisest people I know. I have been thinking a lot about his statement about Jesus pursuing me, because I think it is infinitely more important than my statement about me pursuing Jesus.
In the Bible, people talk a lot about how we are the bride and Jesus is the bridegroom. I think that is really important, because it means Jesus is our pursuer. When he came to Earth, he did not come to make a way for us to get to him, but he simply came to get us. It seems very clear that God is the one who pursues us, and our response should be to give in to his love, letting it ravish the deepest parts of us with its beauty. Our pursuit of Jesus looks less like us trying to work to get near him, and more like us letting him take control of our lives. It looks like a girl saying yes to a proposal, over and over and over again.
This is really freeing to me, because sometimes I get really tired trying to pursue Jesus by doing good things, and trying to make sure that I have a firm grip on his saving hand. It gives me great joy to know that one of the most important realities of which Christians can be aware is that Jesus is pursuing us, and has us wrapped in an embrace that will not let go.
The truth is, God doesn’t meet us halfway in our relationship with Him. He didn’t save us for our sake. He comes all the way to where we are at, and he saves us for his own sake, because He is passionately in love with us, his bride. The truth is, we are sought after, pursued, and loved, and that is something that will never change.
“As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”- Isaiah 62:5