Seeking the Savior
Simeon [said], “Can I stay alive until I see him?”
The Magi [said], “Saddle up the camels. We aren’t stopping until we find him.”
The shepherds [said], “Let’s go…. Let’s see.”
They wanted the Savior. They wanted to see Jesus.
They were earnest in their search. One translation renders Hebrews 11:6: “God … rewards those who earnestly seek him” (NIV).
Another reads: “God rewards those who search for him” (Phillips).
And another: “God … rewards those who sincerely look for him” (TLB).
I like the King James translation: “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (italics mine).
Diligently—what a great word. Be diligent in your search. Be hungry in your quest, relentless in your pilgrimage. Let this book be but one of dozens you read about Jesus and this hour be but one of hundreds in which you seek him. Step away from the puny pursuits of possessions and positions, and seek your king.
Don’t be satisfied with angels. Don’t be content with stars in the sky. Seek him out as the shepherds did. Long for him as Simeon did. Worship him as the wise men did….Risk whatever it takes to see Christ.
God rewards those who seek him. Not those who seek doctrine or religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus himself.
From One Incredible Savior: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2011) Max Lucado