Seekers All, But What Makes You Different

 

Man is a seeker. Right from birth he starts seeking, seeking for things that satisfy. He starts with food, warmth and love from the parents. As he grows he begins his search for knowledge, answers to his questions and solutions to his problems. Often he settles for temporary solutions but his search never ends. Till death man will be seeking.

 

Many are lost in the process of this life long search because they are confused about priorities. That is why we see a lot of people seek after wealth, riches and physical pleasures which are very short lived and temporal. They have their value system all mixed up and they run after things that cannot really satisfy. Man needs more than just material input for him to experience real satisfaction, because that is how he is made. The Bible tells us that man was created in the image of God, with intellect – the ability to think, emotion – the ability to relate, and will – the ability to choose. This meant that man had the ability to use these faculties to seek God and to discern and do what God expects of him. From the very beginning God wanted man to seek Him and His fellowship more than anything else. This was the very purpose of creating man in His own image – to have constant fellowship and companionship with man.

 

We Can Seek God and What Pleases Him

 

But we read in the Bible that man used this ability to disobey God and fall in sin. If we look at that narrative in the book of Genesis we see that Adam and Eve listened to Satan, the enemy of God, instead of listening to God. They made a wrong choice because they were seeking after their own selfish desires. God said they would ‘die’ or would be separated from God if they eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. Satan lied to them that “they will be like God” if they eat the forbidden fruit. Adam and Eve took a close look at the fruit. The fruit appeared good and tempting. They went for it. As a result the entire human race fell in depravity and lost the close communion Adam and Eve enjoyed with God.

 

Seeking the gratification of bodily desires and personal pleasures above all else can be devastating. Since the fall of the first man the whole of mankind acquired a natural tendency to sin. Thus, we lost that ability to seek God and His fellowship. The Bible says that all of us humans have thus sinned and come short of the standard of God. The result of this is death. All have sinned and all should pay for it by being separated from God eternally. This is the punishment.

 

However, God was not defeated when man went against His plans and sinned. God made a way out. He knew that we lost our ability to seek Him. So, the Bible says, He came seeking us in the person of Jesus. Jesus, who was God Himself, took the form of a man and became like one of us, except for sin. He died on the cross bearing the punishment of our sins upon Himself. He rose again victoriously defeating death and promises to restore us into that fellowship with God. Thus, what Adam lost in the garden of
Eden Jesus regained on the cross of
Calvary. The Bible says that all those who believe in Jesus and His sacrifice for their sins, will become children of God. They will be able to seek God and chose His will in their lives. We can seek God and His will in our lives if God has already sought us and restored us into a personal relationship with Him.

 

Why Seek God’s Kingdom

 

Because Jesus Commands it

 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”, Jesus told His disciples. Seeking God’s kingdom means seeking after the things that please God. Jesus explained to them the significance of seeking God and His will more than anything else. We read this in the Gospel of Matthew 6:25-34. 

 

Because God Knows our Needs and Will Provide

 

Naturally, people seek to fulfill their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. When it seems difficult they begin to worry. Worry leads to anxiety and then it takes different undesired routes. Jesus points to the fact that we should not allow this to happen, because what is prompted by anxiety cannot provide our needs. It cannot change situations or make anything better. Rather, it can only make us sick. Jesus gives the examples of birds and flowers. He draws our attention to the fact that the birds are not driven by anxiety. They don’t toil or hoard like men yet their Creator provides their food. Next, Jesus calls our attention to the wild flowers in the fields. No one tends to these but God clothes them in beauty, that too, in comparison with the wealthiest king in history. Jesus assures us that our Father in heaven knows our needs and He will provide.

 

Because it distinguishes God’s people from those who are not

 

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them”, Jesus told His disciples. Those who know God will not worry and get anxious about their needs. Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties they trust the promise of God, because they know their Father in Heaven is faithful. Only those who do not know God will get worked up about these things. This should distinguish God’s children in this world.

 

How to Seek God’s Kingdom

 

Through Constant Submission

 

We work and earn to provide for our families. But we should never forget that it is still God who supplies our needs. He gives us the health and strength to work. He gives us intelligence to handle situations. He gives us skills to manage resources. He gives us relationships to cherish. But He wants us to use all of these in submission to His will and desire and not to worry about our needs.

“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” (Rom.6:11-13)

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph.4:22-24) 

Through Consistent Prayer

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.4:6-7)

Through Conscious Thanksgiving 

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thess.5:16-18) 

Christians are called to help usher in the Kingdom and reign of God in this world. That is why Jesus taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom come”. That is why we are kept as the salt and light of the earth. This is possible only if we as individuals and as the Church seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness as our first priority.

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