This is my favorite of all the seekers. The Savior is always trying to help with a persons most pressing problem. The Saviour is not satisfied with the status quo, false security, passionate activism and definitely not ignorance. Nothing can distract the Savior from the task at hand.
The interesting thing to me is that Jesus never called this seeker to follow him because he was this seeker.
There is a story about a man named Zacchaeus. He was oblivious just like Matthew was. He had the same profession and was just trying to make a life for himself and his family. But Zacchaeus started hearing stories about this man named Jesus and these stories made him start looking deep within himself. Just hearing about Jesus began to change him but he had no idea why. He had to find out what was going on inside of him.
One day Zacchaeus hears that Jesus is going to be passing through his home town and decides that here is his chance. He climbs a tree to get a good look but something remarkable happens. Jesus stops and looks right at Zacchaeus and says. “Zacchaeus, I’ve been looking for you.”
Yeah, I know those weren’t his exact words but think of the amazement that Zacchaeus must have felt when the one he had been seeking from afar came to find him right where he was. Later in this very encounter, Jesus had this to say.
“the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
LIfePoint is a seeker church. Not just because we are trying to help seekers find what they are really looking for but because we serve a seeking God. He is not satisfied to wait for them to come to him but is persistent to come to all of us where we are and beckon us to follow him. It is in this encounter that we finally find what we didn’t know we were looking for.
I am grateful that Jesus was seeking me when I was oblivious and just trying to make something of my life. I am grateful that he continued seeking me when I became cynical from all the churches I had witnessed that seemed so hateful and self-righteous. I am grateful that he is still seeking me while I am seeking justice in world around me that seems so unjust and yet still dangerously close to becoming an insider set in his ways.
I am thankful that I serve a seeking God and lead a seeking church for sought after people.