Seeking with all our Heart
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29:13How often do we really seek God out? With all our heart?
“Seek and you will find.” -Matthew 7:7
Or do we tell God where he should go hide so we can find him? And then when he isn’t where He's supposed to be we begin to wander aimlessly, casually calling to see if he will answer, but we don’t really look.
We just continue to do what we have always have done hoping that God will show up where he has in the past.
How many times have we experienced God in a moment of worship, or on a mission trip, or reading a book, or by some routine only to find those things are later ineffective? So we experienced God during a time of worship with a particular song, and now that song becomes the go-to song to find God, but after a while its ability to bring a transcendent experience dries up. But yet we continue to go back to it. In our minds, this is how you experience God. Or it’s this book, this preacher, this type of mission work, this routine or whatever. And what used to work, no longer does. But we don’t try something new. We don’t look harder, we begin to blame the thing. The book isn’t deep enough. The song is too poppy (which is probably true). This preacher isn’t as good as that preacher. Now the thing that was the vehicle ushering us to the presence of God becomes the thing we go to in order to experience God rather than going to God to experience God.
God isn’t in the book or the song or the sermon, he is in you. Paul said, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” In Colossians Paul says the mystery of the faith is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
The questions is, if that is true, what does it mean to seek God with all your heart?
I don’t think it means finding your true self. That’s hogwash. Your true self is found when you find Christ. Your true self isn’t rooted in you, but it is rooted in your heavenly Father who calls you son or daughter.
We find more of God in our lives when we begin to live more of God’s life in our life. The reality is most of us know everything we need to know about being disciples of Jesus. We know. We don’t do. Therein lies the secret. If you want to experience more of God, if you want to seek him with all your heart, if you want to find him, then do what he says.
Jesus says, “If you hold to my teachings (read, if you obey my teachings) then you will really be my disciples, and you will know the truth; and the truth will set you free.” Experiencing more of God does not come through more songs, more worship services attended, more sermons listened to, or more books read. Experiencing God comes from living more of God’s life.
And the only way you will do that is if you, truly with all your heart, want to find Him.
--some excerpts borrowed from Molly