7th September 2016

The Importance of Being Earnest

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)

When I was in the Sixth Form back in school, I had a friend that was into amateur dramatics and she invited me to come and watch the opening night of the above Oscar Wilde play. Although I’ve long since forgotten what part she played in this play on words, I’ve not forgotten the thrill of a live intimate theatre play!

The American writer Maya Angelou would have agreed, as she is known to have said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” God has never forgotten the love He feels for us. No matter what we say or do, He leaves the door open for you and me so that when we are ready to seek Him He will be found.

When we are ready to seek Him, it can’t just be on a whim; but when we are ready to be serious about our relationship with God. The above verse in the Message Bible reads, “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”

When we are ready to seek Him with all our heart, as the Amplified Bible puts it, “Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

When we are ready to seek Him wholeheartedly as above in the header scripture and yes, there is even a version which translates it to say when we seek Him in earnest: “You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest.” (TLB)

The thrill of the theatre never left me—I’ve even dabbled in it myself over the years. But most of all, I’ve also never forgotten the importance of being earnest!

Prayer
Father in Heaven, we thank you for your reminder that whatever we put our hand to should be done wholeheartedly. Help us to seek You in earnest so that we will find You always. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Jackee Brown

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Jackee BrownAbout the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London.

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Worldwide Church of God London
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LONDON W1T 6AQ

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Email: martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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