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A Pursuit that is Not Trivial at All

Trivial Pursuit is a board game where players answer questions in different categories to earn wedges. The categories vary between geography, sports, movies, and a few others. Our pursuit of the truths and mysteries of God is much different than being trivial. Those pursuits are life-changing and real and knowing the answers to the questions of life will radically change how we perceive things. The scripture below calls us to pursue those things that are not found from a worldly source, to make them trivial. God not only wants to help us in our daily life, but He wants to change the way we think, and thus change us completely.

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The church at Rome was experiencing great persecution and they needed to be thinking about that persecution from a Godly way of reasoning. The only way to tap into His reasoning about life is to tap into His Word, where pure and holy answers come from. The first lesson Paul shares from this way of thinking is as follows in Romans 12: 3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Paul's warning is real and He says to think about who we are in a very honest way. We measure ourselves by the faith God has given us. You might think our faith only comes from us, but our faith comes from God according to Paul. How is that "faith" pot stirred and heated up? By reading God's Word and being filled by the Holy Spirit. A warning from Paul about how we perceive ourselves is justified and he speaks to how willing we are to be stretched by God in this faith walk. Are we willing to have God show us a new and deeper truth about God or are we so steeped in our thinking that we won't budge from what we "think" about God and the church? Once again, it is important, to be honest and real about this whole faith thing and let God show us where we are so we don't stay in a false teaching that is derived from what we think instead of what God's Word says.

Pursuits are good if those pursuits are centered on God and His Word and not from a human flawed perspective. God's Word always draws us to relationship and not religion. Paul goes on to help us realize the need to be real and base that reality on God, not our human impressions because we think from a situational truth and God's Word is pure and perfect to deal with all the situations of life. There is nothing trivial about the pursuits of God.

So pursue God with a heart and mind that are willing to be changed to be more in line with God's Word and none of that will be trivial. It will be the source of who we are in Jesus and in that way we become who God has called us to be. People of faith.

The Pilgrimage Continues

David Warren

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