Seeking is a word full of action and determination. It is not casual in any sense. If you are seeking after something, then you are consumed by the hunt and the object of the hunt. Seeking is passionate, determined, unrelenting pursuit.
Back in the early 1990's I went to a conference at Willow Creek Community Church. They had changed the definition of "seeker" to a much more casual approach. They defined seeker as someone who was coming to their church to investigate the claims of Christ. They were undecided about Christ, therefore the service had to be sensitive to these undecided people so they could conduct their investigation in an environment of professional music, drama, polished talks and comfortable theater seating.
When it comes to being a seeker, I prefer the passionate, unrelenting hunt. In this definition, there is no consideration or investigation. In fact, a true seeker has already decided that Jesus is everything to them...worth far more than their own life... and is absolutely set on finding all there is to know of Him, and about Him. I want to take back the word "seeker" from those who have redefined it to be a casual thing. The scriptures clearly describe the true heart of a true seeker:
Psa_27:8 My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.
Psa_119:2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
Psa_119:10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
Pro_18:15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
Jer_29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Are you a true seeker? Are you unrelenting in your search of God, the face of God, the ways of God, the will of God, the Word of God, the promises of God, the discipline of God, the holiness of God and the glory of God? Are you so disrupted in your spirit in this pursuit that worldly things just don't matter to you any more? And, more importantly, are you finding what you are searching for?
Another term we've come to know in a very specific way is the "Bucket List." In other words, what things do you want to do and what experiences do you want to have... what places do you want to visit before you ... you know ... kick the bucket? Some people take their bucket list to the level of seeker. Others view it more casually. Some people desire to visit every baseball stadium in America and find the finances and ways to make it happen. What causes you to rearrange your finances and schedule?
If you are in Christ, seeking Him should be first.
Is Jesus truly first?
Are you a passionate, unrelenting, hunter of the things of God?
Are you a seeker?
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.