What Are We Seeking From Jesus?

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2010

Mark 3:20 (Amplified)  20 Then He went to a house [probably Peter’s], but a throng came together again, so that Jesus and His disciples could not even take food.

Once supernatural miracles began to flow through Jesus, wherever He went a large group gathered and in fact, followed Him.  (When He would cross the Sea of Galilee, they would often be waiting for Him on the other side.)  But they were following Him for the wrong reasons.  First, few came to Jesus because they were seeking to know God and His Way.  Most came because they wanted something from Jesus. They were not interested in knowing Him or His Way; they just wanted Him to solve their earthly problems (the ones which plagued them during their physical lives, such as money worries, illness or disability).  Still others looked to Him to save them from the unrighteous government (authorities) under which they lived and become their earthly King for their generation. 

Of course, Jesus was capable of solving and doing all these, but Jesus came to be and do so much more.  Jesus came to reveal the Kingdom of God as God’s ambassador, re-presenting the Father for all to see.  Jesus was His Light to the world.  Jesus came to be the sacrifice required to reconcile all who would come to God forever.  Jesus was (and is) concerned with the current well-being of all because He loved them (and loves us).  But His purpose was to enable them (and us) to be restored to fellowship with the Father forever.

The question to ask ourselves is, why are we following Jesus?  Is it just to get the answers to our earthly worries, or do we really want to know Him? All earthly illnesses eventually will end in physical death.  All earthly needs will be no more.  God remains and is.

He desires relationship with us.  Do we seek relationship with Him or just His power doing what we want when we want?  True, He is invisible and it can be hard at the beginning of our seeking to picture having relationship with an invisible entity who no one can prove is even there.  However, the Spirit of God in our midst is as real as the physical presence of Jesus was when He walked on earth.  Through the Holy Spirit, God promises to speak to us and to guide and direct us in the way we should go, if we will only listen, seek to be able to hear, believe, trust and follow.  How incredible would it be to have every moment of every day guided and led by the God of the universe!  Not only is this possible, but promised – again, only to those who seek.

Jesus did not explain Himself to everyone.  But He did to those who sought.  Those who sought to understand Jesus found God’s Truth and with it freedom and purpose for their earthly lives.  They were freed from being under the bondage of human definitions of purpose and success because their focus was no longer on just their earthly existence.  They were freed from the bondage of seeing life from the limited, deceptive perspective of from here to physical death as they embraced seeing their lives from God’s eternal perspective where this is merely the time of our ambassadorship for Him in a foreign land until he calls us home.

God frees us from the fear of earthly existence to be citizens of His kingdom on earth now, where we walk in His incomprehensible peace because we trust Him to fulfill His promises.  For instance, He promises to protect and provide “enough” for us until He calls us home, and to use all things for good in light of eternity.  This means no matter how dark the moment of our earthly lives, God can use us if we let Him to be the lamp which carries His Light into the dark places where He can reveal Himself through us to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to see Him.

The joy we experience in life to a great extent will be dictated by our attitude toward relationship with God.  If all we want is for Him to answer our prayers our way instead of according to His superior, supreme, eternal perspective, then we will be like the seeds from the parable of the sower told by Jesus, which fall on stony ground, or in the thorns.  If on the other hand we seek His perspective and embrace His Way, He will grow us and use us to produce an abundant harvest for the everlasting, all-good Kingdom of God.

 

Mark 3:3-10, 13-20

3 Give attention to this! Behold, a sower went out to sow.  4 And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  5 Other seed [of the same kind] fell on ground full of rocks, where it had not much soil; and at once it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil; 6 And when the sun came up, it was scorched, and because it had not taken root, it withered away.  7 Other seed [of the same kind] fell among thorn plants, and the thistles grew and pressed together and utterly choked and suffocated it, and it yielded no grain.  8 And other seed [of the same kind] fell into good (well- adapted) soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing, and yielded up to thirty times as much, and sixty times as much, and even a hundred times as much as had been sown.  9 And He said, He who has ears to hear, let him be hearing [and let him consider, and comprehend].  10 And as soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, with the Twelve [apostles], began to ask Him about the parables. 13 And He said to them, Do you not discern and understand this parable?  How then is it possible for you to discern and understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the Word. 15 The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them.  16 And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; 17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, the immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. 18 And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; 19 Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. 20 And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit – some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation.

 

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

One thought on “What Are We Seeking From Jesus?”

  1. Though I am often one to follow Him like the crowds did for Him to do for me what I want or need, I am also one who is learning and desiring to just be with Him, in His presence. Lord help me to be one who hears you, does, and operates in the Light of Eternity.
    Lord thank you for the exortation of this servant of yours to seek you in a deeper way today than I did yesterday.

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