Seeking and Finding
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8
There's a lot about the Word I don't understand. I'm not ashamed to admit that; our finite minds and limited imaginations can't fully comprehend the fullness of the glory of God. But some day, we are promised we will know it all (1 Corinthians 13 is great for this!). In the end, though, I am certain of one thing: we get what we seek. When God comes in to our time once more and the final rebellion is swept away, a great judgement will occur: we will be judged by the Lamb's book of Life (the righteousness of Christ), or we will be judged by our deeds against the Law of God. In the end we find what we seek: we will have Jesus forever, or we will be alone with our own thoughts forever. I am convinced that Heaven would be torture for those who felt they were forced to be there, so Hell is a great act of love and mercy for God: to release His beloved creation to eternity apart from Him. In the end, we get exactly what we seek.
What are you seeking? If you're seeking yourself (even if you're seeking to find yourself in Christ, it's missing the point), you're going to get exactly what you seek. We were not made to do that. Jesus said the Greatest command was to love the Lord with all our heart mind soul and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:28-34). In other words: seek God, and seek the welfare of our neighbors above ourselves. In the end, you'll get what you seek. I choose Christ, who do you choose?
Luke 17:20-33 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.” And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”