Choosing to engage

I guess we could choose to do all kinds of things on a Sunday morning: do we choose to meet with the rest of church and, hopefully, to engage with God? That might sound strange, but the two activities don’t always follow each other.

The apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to ‘pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness’ (1 Timothy 6:11). After warning him that seeking and prioritising the riches of the world is a ‘trap’ (verse 9) and that ‘the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil’ (verse 10), Paul urges: ‘Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.’

The challenge is simple yet profound: we have the freedom to choose to dabble, be occasional, or casual about God, but that isn’t how God intended our relationship with Him to be! The real deal is found in seeking and loving him ‘with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind’ (Luke 10:27). Pursuing and taking hold of the things of God and following Christ wholeheartedly really does boil down to our personal choice!