Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Taylor Sexton

What are you seeking? 

I have loved the game of hide and seek my entire life. To this day, I still enjoy being the ‘seeker’ the most. I love the anticipation of looking for the other players and the wonderful surprise of finding a well-hidden friend. 

If we think deeply about our own lives we will find that we are constantly seeking something or someone. Maybe today you find yourself seeking a hug from a loved one, a break from homeschooling the kids, or some fresh air. Maybe today you find yourself seeking healing, companionship, or forgiveness. Maybe today you find yourself seeking peace, security, or affirmation. I encourage you before you read on to take a few seconds to think about all the things you might be seeking today…

Often times when we think about and celebrate Easter we focus on Jesus’ last words on the cross, ‘It is finished’ (John 19:30). Today though, I want to focus on Jesus’ first words out of the tomb, ‘… whom do you seek’ (John 20:15) It is also interesting to note that Jesus’ first words recorded in the Gospel of John are similar the his first words out of the tomb. ‘What do you seek?’ (John 1:38) If Jesus asked you that question today, ‘What do you seek?’ how would you answer?

When I reflect back on my own life, I see that there were many times that I was seeking the right things in the wrong the places. Or, I was seeking and finding the things I was looking for, but from sources that would eventually run dry. In John chapter 4 Jesus shares these words with a Samaritan woman at a well, “…Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

In the season of Easter we celebrate that the ‘something’ we seek is actually someone, and that someone is Jesus Christ. Today, Jesus continues to offer us the living water he offered the Samaritan women on that day. Jesus offers us what we are seeking. So what are you seeking today? Control the things you can and take care of yourself. Bring the things you cannot control to Jesus in prayer and know that in him you will find the sustainable source of life that you seek.