If we could pursue any vocation where money, position, gender, education, or age wasn’t an issue, what would we do? How many things would fade from our mental “must do” list as we imagine the possibilities?
For many of us, external demands have carved our fate, plotted our course, and launched us into a whirlwind. Our dreams that once bubbled with zest have gone flat. Motivation turns to caffeinated drinks and merciless alarm clocks.
What do we want? Do we dare consider the thought? It’s a big question that merits much reflection. Getting out of bed every morning is sustained or disrupted by what we seek—or don’t seek.
A few weeks ago, I blogged “How to Face Change Without Freaking Out!” We read John 1:35-39 and learned how the disciples responded to change. Beautifully crafted in this passage was a question that deserved its own blog post. Jesus asked, “What do you seek?”
And Jesus turned and saw them following,
and said to them, “What do you seek?”
John 1:38 New American Standard Bible
Jesus was talking to his recruits. These men, once mentored by John the Baptist, would become Jesus’ friends and faithful followers. Why did He ask such a question? Were the disciples confused, or conflicted? Did they have personal expectations that Jesus wanted to address? Maybe, this was a rhetorical question?
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary offers a suggestion:
This question is one of the most important questions that a follower of Christ must answer. […] Christ was seeking to have them define their goals as new disciples. Were they looking for a revolutionary? Were they looking for an easy life? Christ, then, was not the choice. Jesus began to set forth the kind of commitment to Him that discipleship demands.
Perhaps, Jesus wanted them to search their hearts and realize how external needs paled in comparison to their spiritual needs.
I often ask myself, What do I seek? Left to my own imperfect heart, I respond with external needs – even well-intended ministry needs. But the Holy Spirit points me to Jesus and helps me rephrase my question, Whom do I seek?
When we seek Jesus, we receive more than clarity of purpose or divine assignment. Like the disciples, we meet God. He plants us firmly in His truth and soaks us in His love. He empowers us to move forward with our impossible faith offerings, and we watch God use it for His kingdom purposes. We glorify Jesus when we live beyond our own abilities and walk as Spirit-led children of God.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 NASB
If you are restless and you want to find your place in the Body of Christ, live the greatest adventure of your life by seeking Him first.
Challenge: Find and Live Your God Assignment
Is there a desire in your heart you’ve ignored? Perhaps you want to begin a ministry with Jesus, but you think you’re not qualified. Seek the Lord, and ask Him to reveal His heart in the matter. If you feel led, share your prayer requests or ministry thoughts in the comments below.
Have a blessed weekend.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). . LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.