Why Are You Seeking Jesus
(Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (John6v23-27)
The taught that millions of Christians around the world are seeking Jesus is something practical and we have not much to debate or ague about it. Yet we will states this without fear or favor that ,like the multitudes in His early days in Israel, many of these multitudes are not seeking the man JESUS himself but the temporal benefits they know they can gain in Seeking after Him.
It is like the question within is always what temporal benefit will I gain in seeking after the holiness of Jesus? In the initial stage, they seek some of his holiness, but along the Line the holiness becomes no longer important or desirable for they have see something the flesh can glory in, though as a Christian. In the initial, it was Holiness and the things but along the Lines it becomes the things and the things. Get this and that one, grab this, control that one, compete with this on and on with a lot of endless foolishness, greed, envies, carnality, strife and lust.
When most of these souls find the luxury, fame or riches of the many Leaders of Christendom contrary to the lifestyle of the holy apostles, they easily become captivated by this wind of deception, and become part of the rat race. So we have endless seekers, but seekers of vain and temporal things, the meat that perish not the eternal one which perish not.
Some can pray and fast in order to preach, or teach well with unction not primarily for the sake of the extension of the kingdom but to gain some recognition, respect, fame and many other foolish and childish things. This is all that they battle as Christians. This is their Land of Canaan, not victorious holy living daily. When you talk about the fulfillment of dreams or the fullness of our inheritance in Christ, this is just what they see. It is very true. If this is absent then nothing is exciting, it is all about making a Ministry not possessing divine life.
There are others who know Jesus as only the prince of peace and sometimes because of a hard sinful husband, wife or children they seek Jesus only for a good and peaceful home in their families. This is beautiful and is part of the heart of the Lord but when that becomes only the interest of the seeker than then it is selfishness. To such souls if this is not fulfill, then they can forsake Christ. This is all they battle in Life as a Christian. If the wife for example is living in sin, then the husband who is the seeker will also join her, because that is the foundation of his peace not the Lord. These things are so common; men hearts are not fixed on the Lord alone. They must substitute him with something fame, riches, wife, husband, etc.
There are a lot of prayer meetings, but if the prayers of the righteous availleth much, we will be true that the prayers are not from the Lips of righteous men because they avail not in bringing the hearts of men towards Eternal things, for they ask and receive not because they ask to consume it upon there lust, in trying to make names and to build a page of History. History making, records, men pleasing and flesh seeking is the mark of modern day Christianity. Even in the very thing which has its order from the Lord, the modern day Christian must make something to build a name, be it giving a message from the Lord, preaching the gospel to sinners, websites, gifts of the spirit, ministry work etc. It is a treble Idolatry and a hindrance to the coming of the True Glory of the Lord in the corporate body of Christ. There are a lot of the authority and glory of Christ we are yet to see, but how can a blind sensual modern Christianity, with its many impure converts be entrusted with such divine authority.
The Soul that must seek the Bread that endures to Life eternal:
1. Must be willing to be separate and willing to be nothing to every man but JESUS. He must recognize that those that compete with men see only men, but those that see God endure to be approved and honor from HIM alone.
2. He must choose to be the Last, for He must learn that God only chooses the things that are despise by prideful sinful flesh, and base thing to bring to naught things that are mighty. Let him forget the desire of making any history, but let HIM with a single eye put his/her affection in the eternal things above.
3. Let him not waist his/her time in vain and unprofitable activities, but Let him Live like a stranger and a true pilgrim seeking a better Country. Let this be HIS pursuit, that is, to enter the Eternal country, he/she is seeing with the spiritual eye.
Men find it difficult to see the difference between seeing something and possessing it, having spiritual knowledge in the head and making that knowledge Life in you. This is the purpose of meat, is to give life, if you do not chew it though you have it in your mouth it will not give you Life. The meat of the words we speak from the Lord must be made alive in us. Let us Stop our hypocrisy and vain confession and seek to eat the meat that endures for eternity. Amen.
JAMES F JARJOU