Apr. 13, 2017

Keep Looking For Him

How often do people halt their pursuit of something valuable because they encounter an obstacle? Humans press in pursuit of a hot new relationship, an elusive elevation in their career and many other fleeting fancies of life. Many people change clothing styles, switch car models and jump from apartment to condo to townhome more often than the average person. There is something about that former residence, job or newest toy that no longer satisfies. The excitement, pleasure and satisfaction that was once associated with that thing (whatever it was) is no longer there. So the person seeks the next object of their affections to create that palpitating rush again.

As we mature, we understand that in much of this life, longevity outweighs the temporary tingle that comes with the introduction of something new. "New" can be exciting because it is different. But going the distance can help develop strength and deep appreciation that can't be created short-term.

The Bible shares some snapshots of people who followed Jesus for awhile but later quit looking for Him. It is imperative that we Keep Looking For Him. Even those who have a close, affectionate relationship with Him would benefit greatly from always yearning for Him.

Psalm 42:1-2 As the hart pants after the waterbrooks, so pants my soul after Thee, O God.      My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

A spiritually healthy communion with Jesus requires that we acknowledge His value and the worth of His sacrifice on our behalf. Thinking of what He endured the last week of His earthly life should produce such outstanding gratitude and unfailing love within each of us.

What causes people to quit walking with Him? In some Biblical illustrations they didn't like what He said and refused to receive it as pure truth. Just because I may not like what is said or I may not understand it, doesn't mean it isn't true.

John 6:66 From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.

In that sixth chapter, John records many of the truths that Jesus shared about Himself. He declared in the 35th verse "I am the bread of life..." What Jesus said was true but only some believed and received it. Others stopped looking for Him!

All that there is to know about a person is not revealed the first week that you meet them. We will never exhaust all there is to know and love about the Godhead. These short-term followers forsook the relationship because their theology was challenged. Jesus introduced information about Himself and His Father that they didn't know and refused to receive.

Please read the entire chapter of John 6. Accept the whole Word of God for your life. Some of that Word will be for correction and discipline. Some of it will be sweet and comforting. All of it is good for us.

II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Keep Looking For Him. Don't allow your heart or your interest in Him to become stale or cold. Keep the relationship strong by spending time with Him in prayer, meditation and worship. Sing to Him and with Him. Spend time with people who love Him. Introduce Him to others. Value Him and demonstrate your appreciation.

Jeremiah 29:13-14a And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:...

I pray you all enjoy a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! Thanks for reading.