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CHRIST PURSUIT: Talk 3
Transcript of CHRIST PURSUIT: Talk 3
Surrendering Our Empty Pursuits
~ Surrendering does not mean we will cease to care or that we will resign and stop desiring for anything.
Rather, when we put God first, our desire for all other things becomes simply means for loving and serving Him and others.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
What does God ask of us?
first and foremost in one thing:
our longings only with
His infinite love
our intimate relationship with Him
above all things
because of love
and nothing else.
A. The Pursuit of
~ We want to succeed in what we do: work, business, service, relationships, or in whatever goals we set.
We may want success for the following reasons:
To gain authority? To gain affluence?
To gain acceptance? To gain affirmation?
B. The Pursuit of
~ Turning to things that will give us pleasure in order to fill an emptiness inside of us, or to help us forget our hurts.
Our hearts were designed to be satisfied only by God.
C. The Pursuit of
~ ensuring our material security/emotional security by counting on them to fulfill our greatest desire or to bring us to our destination
It may prevent us from sharing with or helping others when we know it will threaten our comfort level of security.
D. The Pursuit of
~ Is our service leading us to seek God more deeply in prayer, in the sacraments, in the everyday things, or do they make us too busy to be with even God Himself?
For CFC/SFC, our focus is on our service - the work
do for God. But it does not necessarily translate to deeper intimacy with God.