The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.” Matthew 28:5
Everyday people are searching for something. Often it is something that they have misplaced and are trying to figure out where it was put. Others are searching for something that they had in the past, an experience or a feeling, and desire to have it again.
While they may search for that experience in the past, it is often gone forever, or it has moved on to something new and different. Many fear that it is completely lost with no hope left.
After Jesus had died, He rose again a few days later. Some women chose to go to the tomb and see the tomb of Jesus. When they got there an angel told them to not be afraid, though they were looking for Jesus and He was not there.
In the beginning of the life of a believer, he often has experiences with God that are outstanding. Jesus appears to be especially real and alive to him when he first believes. Later in life some bad circumstance occur and he may feel that Jesus is missing. Often he will go back to the old ways of being with Jesus, rather than seeing that Jesus has moved on forward with new things.
God is not one to just stand still and stay in the same spot forever. He is always on the move, working to build His kingdom that will last forever.
Jesus had died and did the job of purchasing salvation for all who believe. Now it was time to move forward and build the kingdom.
One needs to be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit to know and understand where God is moving and move forward with Him.
As a believer you have met Jesus in your past. You may be wondering where He is today in your life. The initial joy of following Him has gone away and you are searching for Him again.
Do not go back to the tomb, but move forward in where God is working today. Jesus is no longer dead, but alive and working hard. Seek to be led by His Holy Spirit in the place that He is today.
Allow yourself to grow and mature as you work with God on building His kingdom. Where are you looking for Jesus today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God in your life every day; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit as to where God is working in your life; that you will keep your eyes open to what God is doing; and that you will be doing the work God has for you to do.
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To An Unknown God. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship–and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23
Although most won’t call it worship, the world does worship a lot of things. They worship money, position, talent, things, power, fame and more.
All of these things are placed at an extreme high priority in their lives. Time, money and abilities are all focused upon these areas, worshipping them.
As Paul was going through Athens, he noticed that they had objects of worship for every god imaginable, including an unknown god. Paul says he will proclaim information about that unknown god.
Believers often stick with other believers and really don’t see where the world really is or what the world is doing. It is often expected for unbelievers to walk into the church and present themselves to the church seeking information about God. However, very few people will go to a church seeking information on their own.
Jesus told the believers to go into all of the world and preach the gospel. As a believer is going out, he must go to meet the people where they are and in a way that they are already thinking and believing. One can seek opportunities to use what the world is seeking or desiring to open doors to present the gospel message.
The idols that the world are seeking and worshipping are false and dead. As believers take the idols that the world is worshipping and use them to point out the need for Jesus, people’s eyes will be opened to the truth. Both Paul and Jesus met people right where they were at in their thinking and actions.
God is willing to open doors for you to be His witness every day. The world is starving for the truth and seeking it. You have the answer that they are seeking in all of the false idols of this world.
Go out and use the wisdom of God to meet them where they are. Show the world what they are really seeking is found in Jesus and not in the false, dead idols they are already worshipping.
Not everyone will listen to you, but there will be some who will hear the truth and change. Seek to find those.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word in your life; that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world; that you will boldly proclaim God’s truth; and that God will draw many to Christ through you.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:10
Going on a long distance, cross-country trip can be slow and exhausting at times. It appears as if one will never make it to the desired destination. The road appears to just go on forever, with no end in sight.
As one gets closer to his destination, however, signs begin to appear for that destination. There is hope that the journey will be successful. Joy and excitement begins to arise in the heart that what is being sought out will be found. The pain of driving forever starts to pay off and is made worth the long journey.
Some wise men had been following a star for some time, knowing it had something of great value with where it would be. As they were traveling along, they saw the star stop over a certain place. These men were overfilled with joy and excitement to find what they were looking for.
Every person on the earth is searching for something. Often it is life or the meaning and purpose to life that is being sought out. This is often searched for in temporary things such as money, fame and position. The excitement of finding these things is only short-lived.
Believers are like the wise men who were searching for Jesus, only they did not know who they were searching for. When a person begins to see Jesus, there is an overwhelming joy that wells up within him. Seeing signs of Jesus or seeing Him brings extreme joy, because it is eternal joy that reveals life and release from the past and the dead.
This joy can be had when one is going to church to worship God with others. It can be had when one is witnessing and a life is saved. Joy is found when Jesus is discovered in any and every situation.
You can also have this joy and excitement. Seek God each and every day. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes to see where He is and what He is doing around you.
God is always at work, if you are willing to seek Him. It can be a long, tiring journey at times, but the overwhelming joy you will have in the end will make the journey and sacrifice worth it.
Do not quit seeking God, but keep traveling towards and with Him until you step into eternity.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of knowing God; that God will give you strength for the journey; and that you will see signs of Jesus all around you.