God Seekers
Friday, May 13, 2011

 

“He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.  For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.’ In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.’”

 

                One of the things that has long held my attention is the way Jesus responds to statements, thoughts, and inquiries.  To say that He is not on the same wave length with our thoughts is sometimes a gross understatement.  Take His encounter with Nicodemus.  Nicodemus gave Jesus what he thought was a compliment.  Basically he said You are a godly teacher and we know that because You perform fascinating miracles.  And when we read Jesus response to that compliment, we have to draw one of several conclusions: 1) Jesus didn’t hear Nicodemus correctly; or 2) Jesus was a kook; or 3)there is something absolutely profound in what Jesus said, that God wants us to dig into until we come to a reasonable explanation of what He was saying.

 

                To the first option, Jesus was incapable of misunderstanding because He knew what men were thinking before they even opened their mouths.  He knew that Nicodemus was coming and what he was going to say, long before he arrived.  The second option may be acceptable to the non-believer and they can dismiss Jesus one more time in their life.  But to those of us who know that Jesus is the Christ, God dwelling among us in flesh, we certainly cannot go down that road.  That leaves us with a very sticky third option.  Jesus responded profoundly to Nicodemus and we are not to rest until we discover what He wants us to discover.

 

                Jesus does not say here that we will not go to heaven if we are not born again (He does later but that is not His point here.).  What He tells Nicodemus is that no one can see (understand) the Kingdom of God, unless they are born again.  That is a very different statement.  And that is what we need to understand as we bear witness in the world.  For you see, when we hold to our faith; when we behave as Christians should behave; when we are offended by the things that offend God; when our hearts are broken when God’s name is dragged through the mud, those who are not born again find that hilarious, demeaning to their values (?), and fundamentally objectionable.  Whether it be moral issues, world views, or attitudes toward God – they simply cannot see (understand) our perspective, because they are not born again.  As I have said so many times in these letters, “The Kingdom of God is where what God wants done gets done.”  And what God wants done is that we be a people who love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. And that we love one another as Christ loved us.  He wants us to be God seekers (seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness) first and foremost in the world.  And if self-indulgence, self-satisfaction, self-enlightenment, self-aggrandizement, or lusts for the world are high on people’s agenda, matters of the Kingdom will make no sense at all.  They simply cannot see (understand) because they are still living for themselves.

 

                That explains a lot as we watch the evening news.  When politicians protest God in the workplace, in our prisons, in our schools, but exalt the god of Islam or in the words of one of our leaders “whatever God they choose to worship,” (as if there was more than one God), when any of this happens, Jesus said, they don’t see because they are not born of the Spirit of God.  But that explanation itself draws much criticism.  If we are not born again, how can we be blamed?  And if it is God’s choosing who is born again, and people don’t see, then how could they be condemned by God.  The answer is contained in the preponderance of Scripture.  God promises us that if we are God-seekers, we will find Him.  “Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your hearts.”  “Seek Me and you will find Me, when you seek Me with all your hearts.”  “Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.”  These are just a few of the explicit promises of God.

                 So if the media, politicians, entertainers, etc. have a hard time with our world view, it is simply because they are self-seekers, not God seekers.  For when they become God seekers (and we are all without excuse for being self-seekers [Rm. 1:20]) they will find Him and they will see (understand) the world view of the Kingdom of God.  And in this process, I appeal to pastor’s and church leaders, Christ must be made compelling to the people or they will never seek Him.

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