You Are What You Seek

We are what we seek.

Gravel 008Consider the words of Jesus, Seek, and you shall find. (Luke 11:9-10) We tend to hear Jesus’ words as a promise, but perhaps his words are also a warning: seek and ye shall find, whatever it may be that ye seek.

Be ye careful.

There is the word from the gospel of Luke about places of honor. (Luke 14:7ff) Now honor is something we often seek, isn’t it? We want the places of honor, we want other people to approve of us, and we want to look as though we did not care. The gospel might be paraphrased: Don’t seek self aggrandizement at all. Let others worry about that. Seek instead the benefit of those who have nothing to offer in return. How else can we be sure we are not cleverly seeking our own reward?

Jeremiah gives us many a bracing word from the Lord, particularly this passage: Thus says the Lord, What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? (Jeremiah 2:5)

If we seek worthless things, we find them; worse, we become them.

Finally, there is the passage from Hebrews, For some have entertained angels unaware, we hear. (Hebrews 13:2) Perhaps the writer is telling us that the blessing we seek is not far off, but here, beside us, near us, all along.

Sometimes rather than seeking blessings, we should simply open our eyes to see them, recognizing the angels already around us, seeing the blessings we already have.

One Reply to “You Are What You Seek”

  1. Great job brother man! Balanced and easy to understand. Keep the faith in rightly dividing the word of truth!….RWQ

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