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Seek And You Will Find  - Scott Richardson

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April 27, 2014

 

Seek and You Will Find


Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11)


Regarding salvation, some seem to have the attitude, “What’s the use in trying? Only a few will be saved” (Matthew 7:13,14; Matthew 22:14; 1Peter 4:18). The reality is that there is room for all. If we expect to find anything, we must seek. If we expect to receive anything, we must ask. If we expect a door to be opened, we must knock.


Seek


To “seek” is the active attempt or desire to achieve or obtain (New Oxford American Dictionary). By the very definition, seeking requires and object. Our object must be heaven. Heaven is the culmination of the right relationship with God. Adam, once had a perfect relationship with God in the garden. Through sin, he lost that relationship. The same can be said of every man—iniquities separate us from our God (Isaiah 59:2). All should seek to gain a greater relationship with God to gain a great eternity (Revelation 21:3-4).


Rather than being separated from God by sin, we should seek to be united with God in His body, His church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:16; 5:23). There should be some “seeking” from within the body, too. There needs to be growth. The church does not need to seek ostentatious buildings or economic or political power.


Believe it or not, the church does not even need to seek more members just for numbers’ sake. After all, there were only twelve apostles. God showed long ago that He did not need vast numbers to accomplish His ends. Remember Gideon’s army (Judges 7:4-8)?


Believe it or not, the church does not need to seek money just for wealth’s sake. How did Jesus start His life here on earth (Luke 2:7)? How did Jesus live His life while here on earth (Luke 9:58)? How did His apostles live while with Him (Matthew 12:1)? What did they not posses (Acts 3:6)?


What, then, does His body need to seek for growth? The answer is simple—not numbers for numbers’ sake, but hearts for hearts’ sake. The church needs people who desire heaven, people who see the shortness of life, people who see the glory of heaven, and people who are willing to spend their lives in preparing for that place.


Seeking is an active thing. Yes, God is active. In accordance with His plan, He has provided His sacrifice and His grace. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). However, man must actively seek to follow His Light and His guidance. He will guide us until our life here is done (Psalm 48:14). We are not good enough to guide ourselves: “I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Our thoughts are not God’s (Isaiah 55:8,9).


Seek God’s counsel—it will will guide us (Psalm 73:24). Seek God’s word—it gives us light (Psalm 119:105,130). Seek God’s teaching—that is how we come to Him (John 6:45). There are some who are so blind, they have ceased to seek the facts of the gospel. The god of this world hinders their seeking and their sight: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2Corinthians 4:3-4). These are the ones whom the devil takes away (Luke 8:12).


And You Will Find


There is no doubt that any who actively seek will find God’s salvation and His plan. This is a positive statement. If we are actively engaged, we can obtain something imperishable: “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1Corinthians 9:25). We will find if we seek with all our heart: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).


The seekers of salvation in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost listened to God’s word and received the word (Acts 2:37-41). The seekers of God’s salvation, as recorded in Acts 8:12-13, listened to Philip and found forgiveness. The Ethiopian who searched God’s word, also listened to Philip and found the joy of salvation (Acts 8:35-39). The seeker, Saul, went in to the city of Damascus, listened to Ananias, and found forgiveness (Acts 9:1-19). A jailer in Philippi sought salvation: “And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’” (Acts 16:29-30). Upon hearing God’s instructions (Acts 16:32), obeyed them and found salvation: “And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household” (Acts 16:33-34).


Some will never find salvation because they never seek it. Some will will never find salvation because they seek with no intention of finding it (John 5:39). Some will never find salvation because they never follow the only guide (Matthew 15:9,14). Will you truly seek? If you seek, you will find.


—S. Scott Richardson Sr.


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