by Paula Harrington
You are running, heart pounding, and sweat streaming, faster than you have ever run before. While the moon casts shadows on the ground beneath you and the cool breeze rustles the leaves on the trees, you try to escape the weight of the world, including the endless stresses at home, work, and the demanding lifestyle that you lead.
Suddenly, you find yourself in the middle of the garden- face to face with Jesus.
As you stand looking into his eyes, you hear the world closing in on you:
“Honey, we need to talk.”
“Your check bounced.”
“Do you have those papers I need?”
“The file you’ve been working on was due yesterday!”
“I’m sorry, but the diagnosis is not good.”
He looks at you, leans closer, and then quietly asks, “Whom are you seeking?” It is at that moment when you realize that your entire life hangs on what you are about to answer.
Jesus knew whom the troops and officers of the chief priests were seeking in John 18:4, and he knows whom we are seeking today. He knows if our job, our favorite sports team, or even our own family comes before him. He knows, yet he stands and asks, hoping that one day we will come to the realization that he is the one we should be seeking.
So many times, we seek our own desires above everything else. We carelessly spend time and money building our pocketbooks, reputations and homes, all without seeking him first.
We seek him at the wedding then leave him out of the marriage. We seek his help during the labor, but not during the raising. We seek him during the hard times and neglect him during the joyous ones.
The world seeks itself, which explains the pain and the brokenness, but Christians are called to seek Christ first. Jesus tells us, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV). He also tells us that in seeking him first we will receive all that we need so that we can spend our lives devoted to him.
I think that it’s appropriate that in the next verse he reminds us not to worry. Jesus tells us, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). Jesus knows that we tend to worry first and seek him second. Yet, here he reminds us that he is willing to take care of all our needs if only we will trust him.
Isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus knows us? He knows whom we are seeking. He is just waiting for us to realize that seeking him will lead us to him and that’s where we need to be.
Seek Jesus and his kingdom today.
by Paula Harrington