Monday, April 1, 2024

Who Do You Seek?

Who Do You Seek?
by David Brenneman 

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Hallelu, Hallelujah
Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and it shall be opened unto you
Hallelu, Hallelujah
When two or three are gathered in My Name
(Hallelujah) There am I in their midst
(Hallelujah) And, whatsoever ye ask I will do
(Hallelujah) Hallelu, Hallelujah
-David Huff, Karen Lafferty 

"And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” John 1:18.

"Therefore He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” John 18:4.

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you." Matthew 6:33.

Besides the possibility of a beverage...what or who do you seek in your early morning hours?

Was sitting here wondering what Jesus was to have me write...and that song just started playing in my mind.

Was reading in Titus this morning as well...and Paul was giving instructions on some things to him. What to do, who to seek out and where.

Who do you seek in the morning? Do you think about just what it is that's so important about your today that you're still breathing?

Nobody who's in Christ, nobody who isn't in Christ, is here by happenstance. Everyone who's still here is here for a specific reason in God's plan. Both the personal plan and His plans for the ages...but, my Dear Reader, you're never going to really know unless you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. 

What's got your attention? Are you already so far ahead in your thoughts that mentally your already about some task or maybe you're mentally already on the job? Are you already mentally driving your vehicle, already thinking about a bus ride or something like that?

Are you at all in the here and now? 
Quite often the lessons to the Disciples were to be in the here and now.  

For those familiar with the Star Wars movie "The Empire Strikes Back", Luke gets chastised by Yoda for the very thing. That his mind was never on where he was or what he was doing. That to the future he was always looking.

People make plans all the time and to some extent that's not a bad thing. Planning for some things is essential and critical. My personal take on personal plans outside of that takes a different tack. I am reluctant to make certain kinds of plans because of a Scripture passage. Let your yes be yes, your no be no. Anything else is not of God. 

My day today was already in the works before I got here. Jesus was already in my today before I ever set foot into it. Why would anyone want to set foot into uncharted waters when the Creator of all things already knows every atom of details concerning it?

Seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you wasn't a mere suggestion. Scriptures put to music or song is a way for us to more readily recall the truths of God's word. The Psalms are a book of songs. 

A well known to many in the church that I grew up in is 1 John 4:7-8.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. Beloved let us love one another." 1 John 4:7-8.

Do you seek what it is that the Spirit says is important for you?  

It's not success as the world says success is. It's not prosperity as the world says prosperity is. It's not health as the world says health is. 
It's not even obedience as the world defines obedience.  

The endgame of a life lived in obedience to God's Word is a life transformation into the character of Christ Jesus. We are going to be distracted by every single thing possible in every single shape and size available in our world to keep us from that goal. 

We're going to face some tough times because we choose to live for Jesus. 

We're going to face people who do not understand us. We all have our own definitions of commonly used words. What you call friendship isn't what others do. What you call a relationship isn't what others think a relationship is. We live in a sin cursed fallen world. We move and enter into a whole new culture. 
It may be the same language but not the same deep down. 

Just said to ask, seek and knock in our prayers. He said in a very prime example that some dealings we have with demons will only be rectified by extensive prayers. 

Sometimes it's going to stretch us. 
Sometimes it's going to go easy for a while. 

But we're all going to face obstacles and until the Rapture of the Church or God calls us home we have a purpose in growing in Christ Jesus. Life isn't about us it is Christ in us transforming us one situation at a time. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation. 

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