Today I’d like to talk to you about living passionately for God. Let’s begin with taking a look at the life of King David.
David was a great King. He was also a mighty warrior, a poet, a musician but most importantly, God says David was a man after His heart (Acts 13:22). In other words, David was always seeking to know God, and was not ashamed to express his love for Him. Interestingly, this wild, crazy, passionate love King David had for the King of Kings is what God desires in each of us.
2 Samuel 6:14(NIV)
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might
David wrote songs to God in a field, defeated a giant with only a sling-shot, and one time, with his kingly clothes off and dressed in a simple linen outfit (to the embarrassment of his wife – 2 Samuel 6:16), he praised, jumped and danced publicly for God! In today’s world, David would probably be considered a radical Christian. Unfortunately, this term is seen more negatively than positively. Think about it, when was the last time you completely went against what was “appropriate” or “accepted” behavior in your culture because of your love for God?
However, being radical does not really mean living an extreme, Christian life on the outside. I believe being radical, more accurately means to be in passionate pursuit of God. Jesus was pretty radical. He rose the dead (John 11:40-44), feed 5000 people (Matthew 14:17-21) and constantly challenged the traditional Hebrew laws (Luke 6:1-11), but it was solely from His love for God, not performance, that set the foundation for His radical/passionate living.
Princesses, I believe it is time to transition from being passive Christians to active Christians in our culture. I am not saying to go strip your clothes off at Wal-Mart, in the name of Jesus. I simply want you to take a look at your heart for a second. As Greg Laurie once said, “if you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
If you seek God, you will find Him. When you find Him, you will know Him, and when you know Him, you trust Him. When you trust Him with your life, you become more like Him. In other words, to love God is to know Him.
It is hard to trust someone to lead you when you do not know who they are…
A Woman After His Heart
To live a life like Jesus, King David, and many others, become a woman after His heart. I challenge you this week to actively pursue and get to know our Father.
- Read your bible. It is full of information about God. 😉
- Discover what He is passionate about and pray into those things. Spoiler-Alert: He is passionate about you. 😘
- Set time aside to be quiet and listen to what He is saying. It’s okay to ask Him to help you hear His voice. 😌
- Thank and praise Him daily. 🙌
- Ask Him to help you love your neighbors and your enemies. It’s amazing how much you will discover about His forgiveness and grace when you do. 💗
In conclusion, do not settle for knowing God based on what people have told you about Him, but know God for yourself. In knowing Him, you will develop a deeper love for Him and trust Him to lead your life. Nobody is like Him.
I may not been walking with Him as long as many others, but my years in pursuit of God have taught me it is well worth the effort to pursue the King of Kings.
p.s. Some believe He is a mean God, angry, and does not care about us. Some believe He is there but passive and not interested in being involved in our lives. Others believe He is loving and would never let bad things happen. So, who is God to you? Tell me about it in the comments below and if you want prayer for anything, let me know, I’d love to pray with you. 😊