Instagram Jesus Week 7: Devotional Day 6
Mark 1:36-37, Jeremiah 29:13
Do we seek Jesus?
Have you ever seen the movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe based on famed Christian author C.S. Lewis’ book? In short, this movie is about the Pevensie children who enter Narnia through a wardrobe. In Narnia, they meet up with a Beaver family who reveal that Aslan the Lion is the true king of Narnia and the children are the chosen ones to help end the tyrannical rule of the White Witch. At the mention of Aslan’s name, the kids react suddenly and powerfully, even though they have no factual or emotional understanding of him at this point. They begin their journey to find Aslan. He finds them and they love him instantly.
The Pevensie children realize the darkness of the world around them. They set out to find Aslan and instead he finds them. This story is told over and over again by people who have longed for truth in a dark world. They have sought Jesus, even at the mention of his name and found him. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me. This Scripture is so often applied to someone who doesn’t know Jesus yet, but can be true in the everyday life of a believer. I believe Jesus is always present even when so many things vie for our attention. So many distractions.
The kids in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe could have entered Narnia and simply had a snow ball fight, they could have ignored the revelations they heard about the evil White Witch and gone about their own business choosing ignorance, choosing to not believe. In our lives, we can do the same thing. We can ignore or distract ourselves from the spiritual battle that is going on 24/7. Instead we must fix our eyes on Jesus, and focus on seeking him. If we seek to know him more fully through prayer, his Word, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, then the things that burden his heart will burden ours.
In Mark 1:37, Simon and those who were with him told Jesus, “Everyone is looking for you”. This is true in so many ways. Everyone is searching for ways to happiness and trying to fill the deep longings in their lives. Relationships and money, greed, and position. But when we find Jesus, the search will be over. How are you seeking Jesus in your everyday life?