We are called to be Disciples of Christ. We are charged with the delivery of His Gospel to every man woman and child. We are designed to Love and to follow the Master. In all of this and even before we have been bestowed with the Grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, we remain one thing… Seekers.
Note from Kip.
My thoughts this morning were a bit clouded by slumber as I slept very hard last night. Shaking that state from my mind has been more difficult than normal for me. As ‘I sought’ to attain consciousness, I stumbled upon this.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call to him while he is near.
Isaiah 55:6 (CSB)
As I pondered on this brief passage I felt lead to investigate it more, so I did a quick word study on it.
I wasn’t all that surprised when the words I referenced seem to come back to their obvious meaning in context. But then I settled in on this word, seek. While I had my resources out I checked it’s source as well.
I. to resort to, seek, seek with care, enquire, require
Again, a not so surprising definition, but in it, I realized we are but seekers in this life. Regardless of if we are saved by the grace of Jesus or we are not. We all are seekers.
Seeking what we can’t see
All of us before trusting in the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins were seekers for something we were not immediately aware of. We couldn’t see that which we felt a requirement to search for.
Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 (CSB)
We were created for a singular purpose. To love and be loved. The creator’s act of breathing life into us was an act of love, He sought to establish a relationship with this creation. A creation that was independent in thought and capable of making its own decisions of love or hate. He put in each of us with that breath of life, a desire to share in that desire to love and be loved. What we can’t know initially is that this desire seeks that which we can’t see, to love the one who loved us first, who gave us life.
That desire is profound in every human that exists and has existed regardless of our acknowledgment of it.
Without the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to influence us to the revelation of this love, we seek to fulfill that desire in an array of means. Many that are destructive and self-serving.
But for those who have a Devine appointment with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who respond to the Spirits prompting to their hearts, they enter into a relationship with the creator. As we surrender our lives to Him, he responds to adorn us with His grace and then fill us with His Spirit, so that He can remain with us always.
Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (CSB)
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (CSB)
Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.
Romans 8:10-11 (CSB)
Seeking Life After Life
Our seeking just begins at the point of redemption. That which we sought before has been accomplished and in place of that yearning desire are new desires we seek to fulfill.
The first and foremost is to follow the Creator.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)
With the desire to be more and more like the Savior we also have other desires that accompany this spiritual prime directive.
Feeding on the Word of God is an insatiable desire we gain by immersion in the Word.
He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4 (CSB)
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.”
John 4:13-14 (CSB)
As we consume the Word of God, it fills us, but as it fills us and quenches that thirst we seek to quench we desire more and more of it.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (CSB)
We seek the face of God through our consistent prayer to Him. We seek God’s face, favor, and direction through prayer.
Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)
Love is the highest goal! But at the same time, we see additional prompting to seek Spiritual Gifts as well.
“For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.”
Matthew 6:14-15 (CSB)
Not an option. We are to seek to forgive others just as Christ forgives us.
This sums up the five seeking points we’ve talked about here but the important thing is to understand that we are to seek many things as we seek to be more like the one who gave us life then imparted His Grace to us so that we may have life everlasting.
Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Colossians 3:12-14 (CSB)
Every person born on this earth is a seeker. Even when we are standing before God in Heaven, we will remain seekers, because we will seek to glorify God with all the ability He imparts to us.
Seekers all of us!