Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who Do You Seek?

Jn.18:4 – Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

Jn.18:7 – Then asked He them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

Jn.20:15 – Jesus saith unto her, Woman why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?

That question is one of greatest importance in the life of a believer. Who do you seek, if you seek anyone at all? What is our passion and how much does it take to distract us from Him? Well, how can we know if we are seeking Him? How can we be sure we are seeking Jesus and not the desires of our own lives? And how can we be sure we are not just seeking doctrine and theology, but that those things are vehicles through which we are seeking and finding His presence?

Can we experience the presence of God today? And if we can, how can we? I do not speak of emotionalism that relies on a manipulated atmosphere, but I do suggest that even though God’s presence is assuredly with us at all times, there are times where God’s presence is manifested in unusual ways. If we desire to know the presence of God and the power of His resurrection, as well as the fellowship of his sufferings, we must seek to draw close to Him. It will require more than daytimer prayer; it will mean fervent and laborious prayer with tears, an open Bible, and a brokenness that crushes and circumcises our very hearts. In short, as we seek Him we must begin the process of death.

I have watched a documentary called “Grizzly Man” which is the controversial account of a man named Timothy Tidwell. He was consumed with Grizzly bears in Alaska, and he spent thirteen seasons watching and filming their activities. He was roundly criticized for being too close to those huge grizzly bears, but he so desired to know them that he was willing to endure the danger. One day the thing that many had feared became a reality, and one of the bears that so consumed Tidwell, consumed him.

We can only pray that we will get so close to Christ that we will be consumed as well.

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