“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)
Being in baseball we all have had that experience when people have approached us with a knowledge of our family that is odd and unsettling. They know our names, our kids’ names, our anniversary date, where we live in the off-season and countless other facts that makes them think they know us, when we have never seen them before or only said hello to them at an event or the ballpark. Because of these experiences I have, at times, put up walls around my family and myself as a sign of protection, not letting people get any closer, not trusting them because of their lack of knowing me when they are convinced they do.
One morning at a church we had just begun to attend, the Pastor started the sermon and I sat back, opened my Bible, took out my journal and prepared to receive God’s Word for me. As we looked at Psalm 63:1-11 we began hearing about Intimacy with God…a detailed knowledge and understanding of God’s heart and activity that comes from pursuing Him as our greatest treasure. The Gospel is not only the way to heaven but the way to enjoy God. In seeking Him as our greatest treasure, we must ‘Seek Him earnestly.’ (Psalm 63:1)
Then I became a little freaked out as the Pastor began to speak about how he loved a Major League Baseball team and knew one of the players. He spewed information about this player: age, date of birth, where he was born, where and when he moved to another state, where he graduated high school, when he was drafted by which team, his lifetime stats, where he spent the off-season, how many square feet his house had, etc. My youngest son turned to me and said with much concern, ‘He doesn’t know what dad does, right??’ I had to trust that the Pastor was going somewhere with this! At least I hoped and prayed he would or we would be looking for a new church!
What followed was a profound moment for me. As he finished with his flow of information, he paused and said that the player had never talked to him, nor would he know him if he walked in the room. At this I felt a sense of ‘wow’ - I wished the fans could figure this out! Then he asked us if this is how we know Christ? Do we know Him? We may know facts about Him, but do we KNOW Him???
I had to ask myself a hard question: was I being ‘that’ fan with Christ? Do I know a lot of stats about God, can I spout off scripture, have I read his Word and memorized some scripture? Have I taken the time to know Him intimately? Have I earnestly sought Him, thirsting for Him, longing for Him? I can admit that I have not on a consistent basis, not the way He longs for me to seek Him and KNOW Him.
So is Christ a little freaked out when I talk the Christian talk, and walk the Christian walk without earnestly seeking a relationship with Him? I don’t think He is, but knowing how it feels to have fans thinking they know us when they really don’t, I have a large amount of empathy for what he must endure by our lack of seeking a relationship.
The relationship with Christ is more than knowing scripture, listening to sermons, showing up for church, and filling our heads with knowledge about Him. It is a relationship with Him. Knowing Him intimately is a necessity. I had to make this relationship building a priority and decided to Seek God as if He is MINE! I want to Make Him my greatest priority.
Prayer: You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you’, Lord, I ask you to give me that passion for you that you so earnestly desire. I desire to seek you as mine, making you my greatest priority, nurturing that deep relationship with you.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 63:1-11