The depths of Jesus and the revelation of his love for us, coupled with our pursuit of Him, are divinely connected as only by effectively appropriating both of them brings about an ongoing revelation of His glory, with an incessant hunger and thirst that cannot be quenched.
As a result, the dynamic of pursuing God, even though we have already experienced redemption, is the result of a glorious understanding that there is no end to His love, glory, beauty, holiness, power, mercy, grace and so on.
The wells of heaven's glory can only be tapped by way of a constant pursuit of the King's presence and purposes. Amazingly, Jesus makes himself readily available to those who are willing to enter a holy realm where hunger and thirst for Him become their native air.
Hear the words of A.W. Tozer, "I want the presence of God Himself, or I don't want anything at all to do with religion ... I want all that God has or I don't want any." Tozer's cry was for God Himself! He realized that the ultimate treasure that can be found and eternally explored by a human is the Lord and his amazing glory.
Therefore, the ongoing pursuit of God resulting in the glory of heaven is only made available to those who are "poor in spirit" (Matt. 5:3b). This posture revealed by Jesus is one where we acknowledge and never lose sight of the fact that we are in desperate need of the Lord, and only more of Him will ever satisfy our holy passions that yearn for eternal treasures.
In the light of eternity, the trophies of Calvary are the hearts of the followers of Jesus continually seeking and pursuing deeper places in Him. This is where we come to meekness and the understanding of total dependency upon the Lord. It is then and only then that we find entrance into the glory of the throne room of the King, which never grows common or dim.
This glorious throne room is where we acknowledge and accept the fact that we bring nothing in and of ourselves, and Jesus then becomes our ultimate source for every realm of life. The apostle Paul explained it this way in Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
Hear the words of A.W. Tozer once more, "O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace." May we hear and understand that this is our inherited posture that equips us to effectively steward a hunger and thirst for Jesus that cannot and will be never be quenched. May our hearts cry as God's people be "There has got to be more!"
Join me this week on my Maintain the Flame podcast, where I discuss the glorious truths regarding stewarding our hunger and thirst for more of God in our lives.
Keith Collins is the founder of Generation Impact Ministries and Impact Global Fellowship. He is actively involved in itinerant ministry, teaching and writing. In recent years, Keith served as the president of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry and as the director of FIRE School of Ministry, which were both born out of the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida. His recent book, Samuel's Arising: Waking Up to God's Prophetic Call, is now available on Amazon. and his podcast, titled Maintain the Flame, can be heard on iTunes and at cpnshows.com. You can contact Keith via his websites at keith-collins.org or impactgf.org.
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