“You will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all of your heart.”
This verse just KEEPS on popping up. Usually when that happens to me, it’s God saying “hey, hey you, check this out.”
As this verse was continually laid on my heart in some way or another, I started thinking more and more about what it means to seek God with all of my heart.
I asked myself “What exactly does it look like for me to love and to seek God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind?” and “Do I really do that?”
Of course I love Him. Of course I try my best to follow Him. But am I really, truly seeking him with every single part of my heart? As much as I wanted to answer myself with “Yes, of course I do” I kept coming back to the true answer “No, I don’t.”
I give pieces of my heart and time in many various places and simply let God fade into the background. Hoping for some free time to talk to Him later. It’s always “later”
So in this new phase of my life, I am focusing on truly seeking God with my whole heart.
So how do I do that? Where do I start?
I thought it started with making time for God. But it starts with putting God above all, and making time for everything else. It starts with talking to Him every chance I get. It starts with making Him number one in my heart, and letting everything else fall into it’s place. It starts with full surrender.
Easier said than done.
Full surrender means fully emptying myself completely and choosing to fill up with Jesus. I can’t seek God wholeheartedly if my heart is still full of all my “me stuff”
I like the lyrics in Colton Dixon’s song “More of You”:
“This life I hold so close, oh God, I let it go
I refuse to gain the world and lose my soul
So take it all, I abandon everything I am
You can have it
All I need is more of you.”
For the most part I’m pretty strong minded. I wrestle with God, fighting for what I want. (That’s the “me stuff” leaking out of my heart)
Far too often for me, “seeking God” has been more of seeking God to tell Him what I want. But truly seeking God is about saying “It’s not about what I want. I’m willing to chase what YOU want, whatever that may be.”
Seeking God is a lifestyle. A daily habit we have to make. A choice. A commitment. A commandment.
I started reading about different places God talks about seeking Him. There’s a lot, man. But I picked a couple of my favorites to share:
“…and those who diligently seek me will find me.” Proverbs 8:17
“..How blessed are those who seek Him with their whole heart.” Psalm 119:2
“….He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
And lastly, Matthew 6: 32-33. I love how the New Living Translation words it:
“..but your heavenly father already knows all your needs. Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
God doesn’t NEED my whole heart. God is completely a-okay on His own. He WANTS my heart because He knows and wants what is best for me. His way is always best for me.
When we give God our heart, He can use it for far more powerful and awesome things than we could ever manage to do on our own.
All He asks for, is that we diligently, earnestly, and wholeheartedly continue to seek Him.Seeking God simply starts with saying “All I want more of you, God. Give me more of You.”
Then be diligent,