No matter where we’re going at any given moment, it helps to have a destination in mind. To know the answer to the question, “Where am I going?” To have something concrete we can set our eyes and our minds on as we move closer to our end goal.
The problem with the world around us, however, is that we’re bombarded with things we ought to do. We ought to chase fame and money and perfection and everything else. With so many destinations coming at us, it’s no surprise how many of us are left stunned, looking for direction in life.
If we’re only capable of going toward one destination at a time, what should that destination be?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV
Our destination should be Christ. When we run toward Him, we gain not just Him, but everything else we need. He paid the penalty for our sins. He secured for us everlasting life. He provides for us every day. And He’s transforming us to become the people we were created to be.
But how do you run toward Christ? What practical steps can you take to make Him the answer to the question, “Where am I going in life?” You do what what He did.
Here are four ways you can pursue Christ:
1. Pray. When Jesus needed to recharge after days spent speaking to the masses, He sought out His Father. When He was in distress in the Garden of Gethsemane, it was His Father He turned to. Prayer keeps us connected to Christ.
2. Spend time with people. We were created to live in relationship with other people. Jesus surrounded Himself with people throughout His time here, challenging them and encouraging them in their faith. You’ll probably chase whatever the people you spend the most time with are chasing. So spend some time with people who’re chasing God.
3. Serve. Jesus came to earth to serve—He said so Himself. He did so in ways big and small, and ended His ministry with the ultimate service, sacrificing His life for ours. When we serve those around us, we chase God by doing what Jesus did.
4. Fast. Jesus fasted from food in the desert and from time around people when He went away to find silence and solitude. Jesus, the literal son of God, knew even He needed to temporarily remove things from His life to chase after God. What can you occasionally remove to chase God?