Today’s devotional: God’s loving pursuit of sinners

When we talk about the process of conversion to Christianity, we often talk about our “spiritual journeys” or “spiritual seeking”—phrases that make it sound like we’re the ones doing the work of finding our way to God. But the Bible teaches that God, far from waiting passively for us to discover Him on our own, actively pursues sinners for the purpose of bringing them into His fold.

Citing CS Lewis’ famous conversion account, Jill Carattini writes about this divine pursuit in the Slice of Infinity devotional:

Lewis reminds us of the love of God that relentlessly pursues even the reluctant prodigal who would turn and run in the opposite direction in order to avoid God’s gracious embrace. The God revealed in Lewis’s account is a God who pursues sinners. Indeed, even the reluctant convert is wooed, courted, and embraced by God’s love.

The apostle Paul often talked about the love of God for sinners. In what is perhaps the apex of his letter to the Romans, Paul writes: “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous person; though perhaps for the good someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates God’s own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of the Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:1-11).

Read the full devotional at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

Looking at your own journey to God, do you see evidence that it was God who was pursuing you, rather than the other way around?

One Response to “Today’s devotional: God’s loving pursuit of sinners”

  • enrique says:

    amen, wen i came to know christ ,i was full of drugs and a perverted life but somehow christians always were around my life, they would tell me that God loved me and that der was a plan for me. then wen i finally cried out to Him,i was delivered. but it was God who was after me. and i’m so thankfull for the salvation i now have