The Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary describes the word ‘seeker’ as a person who is attempting to find or obtain something.
However, in literal Christian terms, seeking God means seeking HIS presence.
“When you search for me, you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord.”Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
There was a notable Pharisee who was truly a seeker of God despite his status in the society. His name was Nicodemus. Like other seekers, he had a wise and curious mind with deep conviction that there must be something more to life, a great truth yet to be discovered.
Prior to this, the fear of what others might think kept Nicodemus from seeking Jesus in the daylight, but he would not rest until he found the Truth. He badly wanted to understand the Good News, and went at night (to avoid anyone seeing him) to seek out Jesus.
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”John 3:4 (NIV)
When Jesus saw Nicodemus, he recognized the man’s ultimate need, and ministered to Nicodemus, who was a confused individual, with great compassion. He counseled Nicodemus personally and privately, which made Nicodemus become a follower of Jesus. His life was changed because he sought the Lord.
Where Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”John 3:3 (NIV)
Nicodemus should be a model of faith and for us to follow as God’s beloved towards seeking God passionately. For whoever seeks God with all their heart will be found by Him, as Nicodemus was.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:17 (NIV)