The first seeker I want to look at is the oblivious seeker. This is not an insult, they are just unaware of what they are truly looking for. They might say that they are looking for security, self-worth, success, or just a good life in general. What they wouldn’t say right from the start is that they are looking for Jesus.
It’s not that they have anything against him. They just don’t see how he fits in the equation of their everyday life. These are the people who simply say they don’t have time for church although they may be deeply spiritual people. It’s amazing to me how these people when confronted with the living God find themselves deeply interested in him. It’s like they found what they didn’t even know they were looking for.
This seeker and all of the ones I am going to discuss are fairly familiar to anyone who has read the New Testament, the Gospels in particular. This first seemingly oblivious seeker might have been Matthew.
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples.
Matthew wasn’t seeking Jesus. He was seeking a way to make something good out of a bad situation. He was a tax collector. Despised by his own people because he was making a profit on their burden by the Roman government. I guess in some ways he was a type of entrepreneur. Starting his own personal business. Sure it ended up hurting others but he was looking to make a success of his own life. I’m sure he wasn’t happy with the life he had but it was all he had…until.
Jesus comes on the scene and introduces himself and Matthew finally finds what he didn’t know he was looking for. He was a completely unlikely candidate to be a follower of Chist and yet once he came face to face with God himself, he could not deny that this changes everything.
LifePoint is a seeker church. We are a safe place for those who do not even know what they are looking for. LifePoint is a safe place for them to ask their questions, struggle with various answers and find the One they didn’t even know they needed or wanted. We all have friends like this. Some of us are this person. Just know that you and they are welcome at LifePoint to seek.
There is another interesting occurance from the above passage. When someone who is very unlikley to change finds themselves being transformed by God all of the other unlikelies come out from all over to see whats up. Just an observation.