SeekBro. David Chancellor
6/8/2003 11:00 AM
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
There is a wonderful promise here. We can expect some things from God. This says, "Ask ... seek ... knock ..." What are you seeking? Depending on what you seek, what you find will vary. Jesus doesn't say this means earthly things.
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Jesus didn't want them to worry about the cares of life. Many people are seeking after the satisfaction of the cares of life, and a little more. You can seek to get ahead in life.
When you claim the promise, what are you seeking? Jesus wasn't picturing earthly riches when he said, "Seek and ye shall find." He wasn't talking about $100,000 cars. Jesus had something else in mind. He's talking about seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. If we seek the kingdom, God can provide for the necessities of life.
Back when Solomon was becoming king of Israel, God made him an open-ended offer. God did the same for us when he said what he did in Matthew 7:7-8. Solomon asked for wisdom, and he received riches also. God's promises are open-ended in the sense that they pull us towards God. There should be a seeking after God and his righteousness. If we aren't seeking after God, we probably won't find.
When the disciples were hauled before the council for speaking in the name of Jesus, their prayer was to have the boldness to speak of him more. We shouldn't be seeking for our own way, but for God to have his way in us.
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
Paul talks about how things are with people. He wanted to send Timothy because he knew that Timothy could go and see how things were going. Timothy was seeking after the things of God. Paul wanted to send someone that was seeking the things that are Jesus Christ's.
One of the biggest hindrances to the spread of the gospel is people seeking to have their own way. If we don't seek after the things of God, we will fail. Seeking after Christ must come first. The rest will fall into place behind that. We should desire that Christ be glorified and his name be lifted up. We should want his cause to go forward.
Are you just seeking to have the "I wants" taken care of? If that is your only reason, you may not find. If you ask in the intent that God will be lifted up, then he will help you to find. God wants us to do his work and lift him up. We can enjoy working for God. Seek after God and his righteousness. Are you seeking your own way, or are you seeking after Jesus Christ?
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Jesus told these that they were seeking him because he supplied food. Are you seeking because you think life will be easy and you will get "freebies"? Lots of people will go to something for a free meal. Why are you seeking? These were seeking after the wrong thing. Jesus wanted them to seek after God, not the satisfaction of temporal desires. These were looking for a handout. We should seek after God and that which endures unto everlasting life. There is something higher than the life that we're living here. God can provide us with whatever is necessary to do his work and to glorify his name. If we are only seek after loaves and fishes, we probably won't find. Seek after God. Give him your heart and life. Let God be lifted up in your life.
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
If you're seeking after the honor of men, you're seeking after the wrong thing. Seek that which comes from God only. It's one thing to have the blessing of God on your life. Paul had God's blessing, but not always the honor of men. Paul wasn't seeking the honor of men. He was working to lift up God. He was seeking the honor that comes from God only. We want people to see Gods presence in the way that we live and in all that we do. Seek after God only.
Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.
Paul presents a picture of what people are going to find. Those that seek glory, honor, and immortality by serving God and doing right, will find eternal life, glory, honor and peace. Those that seek their own way will find indignation, wrath, tribulation and anguish. You won't find eternal life by seeking something other than God. You'll find eternal life by seeking after God's righteousness.
What we seek after is important. What is the motivation in what you seek? Seek after God and his righteousness. Don't get wrapped up in earthly things. Seek God's will and his way. Ask him to be a part in all you do. If he can't be part in it, you probably shouldn't be doing it. If we can't ask him to help us in what're we doing or seeking after, we probably should leave it alone. If you seek after God, you will find. We can benefit from the presence of God. If we seek God's will, we will find. The child of God is seeking after God. The one seeking after God will find. Keep God first. Lift him up. Seek God, and you will find. God is ready and waiting for the soul that seeks him.