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August 25, 2012

What Are You Seeking?



Blessed by another post of a great friend. The question, "What are you seeking?" alone is enough to make me sit and stare at the wall and wonder, "What is it that I truly want in life?"


More bags? Suburban penthouse? Private jet? Perfect husband? A Disney princess' life?

As a psychology graduate with a spice of philosophical interest, "What are you seeking?" opens up a window of someone's soul. Our answer will tell a lot about our desire and wishes in life. It's like a shortcut to see a person's identity, how they position themselves in this world, what their idea of an ideal life is, etc.

Maybe next time when I have a deep conversation with people I'll ask them this question. I think.... I have my answer. What about you?


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Everyone seeks something. Wealth, health, power, partner, friends, job, acceptance, approval, pleasure, talents, love and the list goes on and on. I know that I too am tangled in this endless journey of seeking one thing after another.

I began my early life seeking friends and knowledge at schools & universities. I spent 14 years from kindergarden to high school. I skipped the final year of high school (which supposedly should have been the best year of all) only to pursue further education overseas. A year spent on the university preparation program then continued with a 3-year Bachelor degree were still not adequate for me in pursuing knowledge. With a full-tuition-fee scholarship on hand, I continued on and finished a Master’s degree program within a year time.

Do you think I am done with studying? Apparently not, I decided to undertake a further diploma course in a completely different stream from what I used to learn in the 2 universities I attended. Anyway, guess what else I have sought! Yes, like many of you too, I was looking for a job for many months then thank God, He gave me a decent one after many unsuccessful applications, then I began seeking (or rather earning) money. Deep down I know that entering the workforce means that sooner or later I’ll be entrapped into gathering worldly wealth for the rest of my productive life, seeking a wife, building a family and you know all the rest of the story more or less.

My point is in life we will always be seeking something, whether it is tangible or intangible and whether it is important or trivial and you will probably find that after all, these seeking things are wearisome and unfulfilling. Allow me today to share with you a question that should make us think and rethink over and over and over and over again.

Recently, I read a passage from John 1 and I was struck when I read Jesus’ question to those first followers of him. He asked them a simple yet a very profound question: “What are you seeking?

That question hit me directly on the heart. This is the first recorded sentence that came out of Jesus’ mouth when He began His public appearance after His baptism. I believe that this too is the question that Jesus would be asking his followers today, including me.

What is it that we are seeking? Have we been seeking the things that really matter? This question has been occupying my thoughts for many weeks and now I want to pass it on to you:

WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING?

From the Scripture I learnt that we should seek these two above all others:

1. Seek the LORD

- We are to love God with all heart, soul, strength and mind, therefore seek the LORD first (Luke 10:27)

- Sadly because of the power of sin, no one is righteous and no one seeks God (Romans 3:9-18)

- If we are to seek God, we must come in faith. Hebrews 11:6 teaches us that anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and rewards everyone who earnestly seeks him

- We have died and been raised with Christ and our life is now hidden in him, therefore we are to seek the things that are above ad no longer the earthly things (Colossians 3:1-3)

- Keep on seeking and you will find (Matthew 7:7)

- Seek the LORD’s Kingdom and he will provide. Material things like what we should eat, wear and where you should live are secondary to God's Kingdom & His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)

- Finding the kingdom of God is like finding a very fine pearl of great value. It is worth everything (Matthew 13:45)

- Seek the LORD and He will forgive. Whenever the Scripture records a call for repentance, it is always a call to humble one self and seek the LORD. What an assurance we have that God promised to remember our sins no more and forgive us when we seek Him (2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 55:6-7)

- Seek the LORD and He will restore. God’s promise of forgiveness is always accompanied by His promise to restore. He forgives and He restores.

- Seek the LORD and He will heal. God is the LORD who heals (Exodus 15:27) and throughout the bible we can see how true is that! Abraham prayed and God healed Abimelech and his household. King Hezekiah pleaded with God and God extended his lifetime by fifteen years. Jesus met the blinds, the paralyzed, the mutes, the deafs, the lepers, the demon-possessed and He healed them. Even the dead ones were raised at His word.

2. Seek the lost

- We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Luke 10:27)

- Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10)

- God desires all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9)

- Jesus instructed us to spread the gospel in his final command before his ascension, known as the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

- Having said the above, we know that God is still at work therefore we should be seeking what our LORD seeks, namely the lost. Take a look at John the Baptist’ testimony recorded in John 1. Upon knowing that Jesus is the promised Messiah, he kept pointing people to Him (Jesus) and telling them that He is the Lamb of God!

The New Testament leaves us many other examples of people who met Jesus and spread the good news, e.g. the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met beside the well, the demon-possessed man from the country of Gerasenes that Jesus healed, the apostles, and many more.

My aim in this very short note of mine is to encourage my beloved friends and especially my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to think and continue thinking about what we have been seeking all these days. Probably after pondering about this question, a better question would be to ask: “Who are you seeking?”, for it is the LORD and the lost we should be seeking.

Last but not least I wonder if the reason we often do not care too much about the lost souls around us is because we have not sought the LORD earnestly and personally. We have become too occupied with life that we forget to seek the true and eternal life, which is knowing God and knowing Christ (John 17:3).

If only we seek the LORD with all our heart, our soul, our strength and our mind then no doubt that we will have in our hearts the desire to seek the lost and bring them to the LORD, for it is in His will that all men should come to repentance and be saved.

WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING? Seek first what lasts!

(JOHN 1, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION)
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.


Images courtesy of Anastasia Siantar, the Brown Platform

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