Years ago the Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal talked about what has been referred to as a “God-shaped vacuum” in the heart of every person. Those weren’t the exact words he used, it’s just how it has been described.
In referring to how people responds to this vacuum, Pascal said… “This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”
He’s saying that we all have a void, an emptiness _ an infinite abyss that can be satisfied only through a personal relationship with God _ a relationship that we seek with all our heart _ a relationship with God the Son.
Now, seeking God is about more than just standing on a mountain-top overwhelmed with emotion as you gaze into heavenly skies. To be clear, these mountain-top experiences are wonderful and transformational. I encourage you to go to the mountain top as often as you can. But that’s not all there is to seeking God. Seeking the fullness of God in your life means that you come out of the prayer room, and out of the sanctuary, and into the streets where the people are. Seeking the fullness of God means that you start serving others in the name of Jesus Christ.
David was known as a man after God’s own heart. Could the same be said for you? Seeking the heart of God means that you determine to build on your life on his priorities — so that what matters most to him becomes what matters most to you. What matters most to him? He wants you to love him and love others _ He wants you to serve him by serving others _ He wants you to walk with him on the path that leads to holiness, eager to do all his will.
In doing this, you’re saying: God, doing that which matters most to you matters most to me. On this I will build my life. In response, God will say: Here is a man, here is a woman, after my own heart.
The same could be said for a group of people that gather week in and week out to discover and then carry out what matters most to God. So, I ask, just what kind of church are you not only attending but more importantly participating in to bring glory to God?
(adapted from a message by Steve May)