What Seek Ye?

And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour (Jn.1:36-39).

Our hearts seem to be unraveled at times, and our minds seem to lack any real concrete understanding as to where we are going, what we are seeking and why we seek it. The best intentions fail us and our motivations blind us all too often. What we often think we seek is often not what we truly seek. Even as we seek Christ we might on occasion find that in reality we seek something from Him or of Him, or perhaps some part of Him we desire rather than Him in His entirety.
As we know, we do not always seek Him but instead we often seek our own. So we see we must first make the choice to seek after Him, get behind Him and follow. It is then He turns to us and says, "What seek ye?" We are then perhaps slightly baffled by the question. If we follow Him, isn't it He that we seek? Why then would He pose such a question?
He would ask, however, not so that He might understand what we seek, for He knows already what is "in man" (Jn.2:24-25). He asks instead so that we might look within ourselves and discover for ourselves the what, who and why that we follow Him.
There are those who say to seek the peace of God, or seek God and you will find peace. In either case, peace is the focus of the quest and simply sees Jesus as a means. And what if our aim is the "joy of the Lord?" To know the Lord is to know His joy. Once we embrace Him we need not seek any further.
But "What seek ye?" Heaven? Salvation? Joy, peace, acceptance? We do possess a need for these and it is a need that only Christ can fill. Yet these are not the goals of our quest, they are simply the benefits. If then, we truly seek, we will seek the Person of our Lord. Not that we might know heaven, salvation, joy, peace and acceptance--but that we might know Him. That we might come to know Him and to be known by Him.
Some might contend that we have no choice but to seek what He gives us ahead of seeking Him, because by nature we are self-centered creatures. And while that is true of our flesh nature, it is not true of the standard Christ has set for us.
As we answer Christ's question, "What seek ye?" we come face to face with our raw humanity. We see our imperfections and impure motivations. Not that we might wallow in a pool of self pity, but that we may learn how to seek Him in truth--and not pretense, hoping to receive the benefits of knowing Him.
God seeks to have a relationship with you and me, not so He can get something for Himself. Therein we find our standard of love we will ever endeavor to reach. Therein we see our need for Him to develop that kind of love within us, for we within our selfish natures will never know how to love like God loves without Him doing it through us. But as He develops His love in us, we will one day begin to mature and say to Him, "I love you. Not because of what you do for me, but simply because of who you are."

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