“In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.”

– 2 Chronicles 34:3 NIV

A sincere, active pursuit of God is the act of abiding in Christ. Someone who strives to live by and adhere to the word of God is someone who allows Jesus’ words to abide in them. As David declared, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11 NIV Along life’s journey, I have come across 2 statements that have shaped my view of my faith walk with God. The first: ‘Always allow your reach to exceed your grasp.’ – author unknown. Most recently: ‘A thousand mile journey begins with one step.’ – chinese proverb

How Josiah’s life is depicted in the introduction of his reign as king in the Old Testament book of 2 Chronicles 34, illustrates what the posture of a sincere seeker looks like and the outcome of one who sincerely seeks to abide in Christ and allow His words to abide in them. It was noted that Josiah made a deliberate choice to pursue God, or seek after Him. When you read the account of Josiah, you will discover that Josiah was 16 years of age when he decided to apply the wisdom of Christ’s teaching to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. Josiah’s life recorded in scripture is a continual reminder to me of what it means to abide in Christ. Abiding is an active pursuit of God with a sincere motivation to follow after Him because it was what I was created to do.

Faith in Christ allows me to obtain the intimate relationship with God, through belief and confession, but in order to access the benefits of the relationship and walk in the divine purpose, authority and anointing God has prepared for me and provided for those who desire something more than what this world can offer, I must engage in an active pursuit of God. Everything God promises cannot be obtained from living in this world. There are greater things God desires to supply and provide for me, but in order to obtain them I must desire for the reach that exceeds what I can grasp in this world. That journey begins with one step of faith as Josiah did at age 16.

May God bless you and help you to take the necessary steps in your journey of faith, developing a sincere, deliberate disposition to pursue Him, so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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