As you have learned, I am a bit of a nerd. So, what sounds nerd-ier than a word study?
Seriously, there is a lot to learn from the origins of words. God can reveal something to you that you wouldn’t have seen before.
One day I was praying, and the Lord led me to Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
I thought, Ok God… I’m here, I’m praying. I know You, you know me. Where are all the things?
Then I pondered, am I doing this right? What does He mean “seek”? Am I seeking or am I wanting?
The Hebrew word for “seek” used in Matthew means “to deliberately strive and desire something as an act of the will.” Here the context implies putting your whole life at the disposal of God’s rule and will so that nothing takes greater priority. This meaning carries over the Old Testament idea that seeking God is an activity of the whole being, not simply an intellectual pursuit
Seeking is a very strong word. It isn’t just “looking around” or “checking it out”. It is fervent hunting. Every parent knows what this word means. It is the intensity of looking for a lost child. Nothing else matters until that child is found. We are consumed with looking.
When your life is consumed with looking for God, God will find you. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
I took a good look at myself. Was I just looking around for God or was I fervently hunting? Was deliberately striving to be closer to Him or was I fine with how far apart we were? Honestly, was I putting my whole life at His disposal or did I have bigger priorities?
That was a huge wake up call to me. This is a relationship. I need to put in the work too. For me, striving closer meant getting to know Him. Which is why I am so passionate about getting people to read Scripture. There is no better way to learn about who He is and what He’s done than reading the God’s Word. Remember: we become more like Jesus by spending time with Him. There is only so much we are going to get by listening to sermons and reading Christian books. Listen, I have my favorite sermon apps on my phone and I love to read. We need to remember that these are ordinary people speaking and writing. Same goes for me on this blog. I’m just an average person. You need to take what you hear and go back to the Bible and be able to discern the truth. People can mix things up and make mistakes. God doesn’t make mistakes.Are you being consumed with Him? Are you seeking Him with everything that you are? Or just fine with just saying, “Yea, I’m a Christian.” And only knowing the basic stories and a little bit about the characters of the Bible? To seek Him, you need to know Jesus: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 To know Jesus and to become more like Him: we need to spend time with Him in His Word and in prayer.