How's Your Seeking?
When I was younger I loved movies based on Bible stories. They made the Bible come alive for me though there were always some fictional additions, I guess to make it more flamboyant or "movie worthy". One of my favorites was "Solomon and Sheba". In the movie the very beautiful Queen of Sheba successfully executed her plan to seduce king Solomon. Well, this juicy detail was not in the Bible. (Read full account in 1 Kings 10)
The Queen of Sheba (Queen of the South), is however mentioned in complementary terms by none other than Jesus in Matthew 12:42. In this chapter, the Messiah delivered some powerful teachings and healed miraculously as usual. The unbelieving Pharisees and teachers of the law then asked Jesus for a sign of His Messiaship. In response Jesus said, "...A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign!... The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here." Matthew 12:39&42
In other words, the Queen of Sheba was willing to travel from afar, leave her responsibilities for a time, uninvited, to seek out a mere mortal, to sit under his feet and listen to his wisdom (1 Kings 10). Yet the Pharisees refused to listen to one greater that Solomon, wiser than the wise, God Himself who was right there in their midst.
This got me thinking about how we seek God. What are you willing to sacrifice to pursue a life with God and of godliness? How much time do you set aside to spend with God and how much do you strive to be more Christ-like? Fortunately for us, we do not need to travel to find Jesus. He is constantly knocking on your heart's door gently asking that you let Him in (Rev. 3:20).
Once we are saved Jesus dwells within us. By grace it does not take much to connect with and commune with Him. It does not cost anything to seek (pursue) a consistent relationship with God. He promises us in Jeremiah 29:13 we will find Him if we seek Him with our whole heart. Let us seek God diligently, consistently, whole-heartedly, and put Him first above all else. How's your seeking?