Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Are you a "Knower" or a "Seeker?"

Are you a "knower" or a "seeker?"

I want to be a constant seeker. Of course, my pride leads me to be a knower often.

Let me explain what I'm talking about.

I'm no Bible scholar, but from what I've studied, seeking is the way to go.

Matthew 6:33 says "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you."

Hebrews 11:6 says "Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him."

It doesn't say know all about the kingdom of God. It doesn't say diligently know Him.

It says seek.

God's working on this part of me in my inner Robbie. That part of me that must stop daily and just sit at His feet and glean from Him. The lesson has been reflected in conversations. I've suddenly noticed how so many Christians I talk to love to use the phrase, "I know."

I know that verse.

I know what I should do.

I know He loves me.

I know Jesus.

So I'm learning that knowing is well, in a way, stagnant. It's not enough to know. I think this is more difficult for those of us who've been Christians for a while or for those who were raised in the church. We have all this knowledge in us. Sometimes
that host of Bible stories and verses work against us. Sometimes, we Christians, rely on our past experiences with Jesus to pave the way for future growth.

But what if God has this really new wonderful thing for you or me, but in order to experience it we need to do nothing but seek Him. Not visit old glory days or tried and true Bible verses and lessons. A completely new work.

So now I seek. At least I try.

Instead of just knowing verses, I read verses and seek new meanings, new applications. I listen carefully.

Instead of knowing what I should do, I seek what I should do. Today, tomorrow, this year.

Instead of just knowing He loves me, I seek HOW He loves me. I look around and discover the new ways He wants to love me every day.

Instead of knowing Jesus, I seek Jesus. I'll never understand or know all that is the Creator and Savior of the Universe. Never. But today I can seek Him and learn more.

I hope this encourages you to seek more and know less. Makes living for Jesus more of an adventure, and less of a duty.


Kay Day said...

Very good, Robbie.

Joanna said...

So true - knowledge is stagnant while seeking is active. It is through seeking we gain more knowledge.

smithsk said...

I like Joanna's and your insights. Knowing is static - seeking, dynamic. Need both.

Need More Words said...

I want to be a "seeker." Seeking takes work but the benefits are out of this world.
Keep us on our toes Robbie.

Cheryl Barker said...

Wonderful insight, Robbie -- and neat thought about adventure rather than duty. Reminds me of something I try to keep in mind about my prayer and worship times -- that they would be a delight rather than a duty.

Blessings to you this holiday weekend!

Jan Parrish said...

Great post Robbie. I strive to seek.

I've spent more time of Facebook and Twitter than blogging. Haven't visited blogs in weeks- maybe a month. Anyway, just popping in to say, "Happy Independence Day!"