God, allow me to see what you have for me in this passage as I seek after you. Amen.
Read John 1
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
Jesus’ question seems normal, even mandatory. It is almost irresponsible of Jesus not to ask. What question would you ask if two people just started following you one day? This is what happened to Jesus. As Jesus was walking one day, John the Baptist saw him and declared for all to hear that the Lamb of God was in their midst, strolling by them. At that moment, two people begin to follow Jesus. When Jesus notices these two people, poses the question to them, “What are you seeking?”
The question posed to the disciples are the first words Jesus speaks in the Gospel of John and tt is that same question that pierces our hearts today. What are you seeking? Are you looking for peace? Security? Joy? Power? Love? Money? Acceptance? Maybe your answer to the question has changed in the last couple of days as the world has been rattled by the COVID-19 virus. It could be that in light of everything taking place in our world right now, your true answer to the question has bubbled up to the surface this week and caught you off guard. What we seek shapes us in a deep way. We work towards obtaining whatever it is we seek, whether that be love, money, power, joy, etc. The answer to the question exposes our hearts and what we are truly after. As we start this 21 day journey together, knowing what we are seeking is a great place to start. That is where Jesus started. Therefore, it is not surprising that Jesus asks us the same question that he posed to those two disciples, what are you seeking? Is it Jesus or something else?
Questions to Think Through
-What are you seeking? Is it Jesus or something else?
-Is there something in your life that distracts you from seeking after Jesus? What steps can you take to uproot that from your life?
-Is there anything from this story that surprises you?
God, help me to seek after you with all that I am and that anything that distracts me from you would be put in its proper place. Focus our minds and attention on you today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.