2 Tim. 2:22 tells me to pursue faith. My concern here is answering the question: what does it mean to pursue faith?
Faith by definition means, the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1) So for me to pursue faith, means that I would pursue hope, belief, trust, and conviction in what is not seen, namely, God. I must hope in what I cannot see, believe and cling to this God even though it is my heart, not my eyes that knows His nearness, I must trust in what He tells me though He is invisible, and I must have firm convictions that this God exists and that I can come to Him anytime. Without these things of faith, I cannot please God (Heb. 11:6). When I do have these things of faith, God is pleased (Heb. 11:6, John 6:29). It is by this faith that I am saved (Rom. 4:5, 10:9), thus pursuing faith is the pursuit of salvation through Jesus.
It is good to notice that I cannot see faith with my eyes, mine or anyone else’s. But I sure can feel it, and I sure can see the effects of faith all over the place in the life of those who have it. How? The fruit of faith shows itself in action! In the words of Martin Luther, “The kind of faith that saves is faith alone, but faith is never alone.” I must pursue this gift of God (Rom. 12:3) for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Because when I fight for faith (2 Tim. 4:7), faith shows itself in my words, deeds, etc. When people see those outworkings of faith, God will be glorified (Matt. 5:16).
Does your faith lead you to action? If not, is it true faith?