All true Christians and believers in the gospel are disciples of Christ who desire God and seek his kingdom above all else. Yet all God’s children need to grow more in this holy desire and practice. They do this by listening to preaching that informs the mind and stirs the heart with God’s Word, meditating on that Word, exercising faith and obedience to the Word in the midst of inner conflicts and outer persecution, cultivating friendships with other godly people in the church, and continually looking to Jesus Christ as he is clothed in the gospel.
Joel Beeke, born in Kalamazoo, MI, is a professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor at Heritage Reformed Congregation. When not engaged in academic rigor he enjoys talking and walking with his wife, family nights, and playing with his grandchildren.