The last days will be marked by people seeking the Lord. If you are not seeking the Lord you will be the odd one out.
The appeal of Jesus is that he speaks to the core of who you are and changes us from inside out. He does not come to you with a to-do list but he comes with the Holy Spirit who does stuff in you.
In the Holy Spirit, he speaks to the eternal longings in the man, connecting us back to the life of God. So seeking the Lord brings with it the highest reward. Jesus said if we seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, all other things will follow (Matthew 6:33).
Jesus does not come with a to-do list, but he came with grace and truth (John 14:6). Grace to move us, truth to make us.
In Christ we come into the orbit of the love of God. We stop struggling to earn God’s approval. There is no space for competing for his love, we are his through Jesus Christ.
So we do not seek the Lord so that he can love us but so that we can know and embrace him as our identity, and live from that base, departing from iniquity in identification with his name, in identification with his holiness. The bible says let those who name the name of the Lord (in identification) depart from iniquity (2Timothy 2:19).
But the identification should be active.
Departing from iniquity comes after we have identified with the Lord, embracing him as our identity. Otherwise nothing can really work and our righteousness will be mere filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), our best efforts will fall short.
So we seek the Lord to not only come into the understanding of who he is but also who we are because in his light we see light (Psalm 36:9). In him we embrace our light, out divine functionalities come alive, our destinies too. They were dead in the first Adam. But we come alive in Jesus.
We also seek to the Lord to live the life of the kings now.
Our spiritual (God-) life is primarily internal before it is external. And Jesus, though he was internally spiritual, in and by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was able to express his divinity in practical terms.
That is what we are helped to do also as children of God as we seek the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit.
It was clear in the life of Jesus that he comes to God regularly in prayer and that was part of the model he set for the disciples, so that when he left, the apostles would learn to prioritise prayer so as to be kings on the earth.
They will later give their mission statement thus: we will give ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). Before that they gave their vision statement. They said: we would rather obey God than men (Acts 5:29). Not only will they seek God privately but they will seek to please him publicly as they live a life of obedience. They had the vision of pleasing God, obeying him, and the mission statement, what to do to make the vision happen, was praying and the word, through which they ran with the vision of pleasing God. Through the priority of prayer and the word they will be primed to please the Lord.
Seeking the Lord is a deliberate effort, it is about certain steps to counter the pull of the flesh which always wants to capture our attention. The devil who is the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4) did not set things up to make it easy for you to seek God. The economic pressures are designed to take your eyes off God, the sexual pressure too.
When we seek the Lord we go against the grain of the prevailing culture. We stop sin in its tracks and turn our hearts to the things of God. We turn our back on our own ways and embrace the ways of Good.
That was what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus experienced the greatest pressure in his life to move away from the will of God and in prayer he went against the grain of his own will, to breakthrough into the will of God (Luke 22:42-45).
He was about to go to the cross and he, being pulled by his weakened flesh away from that ultimate sacrifice, prayed to God: let this cup pass over me, but not my will but yours.
Though in his pain he still sought the will of God. (What about you?) He chose what was best not what was convenient. He sought to do the will of God and not his own will.
That is the challenge.
How much do we need to do the will of God? There should not be an alternative to the will of God in our mind.
The bible says that the Pharisees rejected the will of God for them because they did not submit to the ministry of John (Luke 7:28-30), which was something God was doing at that time. So part of the will of God for us is submission. This is an attitude of alignment with God.
We are to receive things from one another and we should deal with each other with humility (1Peter 5:5). When humility shapes our life, God is drawn to us. We cannot seek God without that sense of humility. To the limit that you realise how much you need God that is the limit by which you will seek him.
We can seek the power of God. The 120 waited for 10 days after the ascension of Jesus to be endowed with power from on high (Acts 2:1-4). Jesus, who sought God’s glory also got to walk in his power. Those who seek God are primed to walk in his power. With the power we break the satanic hold in the life of the people.
We seek God for his light. We seek him for direction. David wrote: you are my God, therefore for your name sake lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3). Light stands for divine guidance. Jesus brings light and when we seek the presence of Jesus, we seek the light that he brings, we seek to experience him in his grace, experience him by his truth.
Pilate asked: what is truth? But he was not a seeker of truth. The bible says that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the honour of kings to search it out (Proverbs 25:2). Jesus is truth and to understand him starts with a seeking heart.
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