15 “He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’”
John 20:15 (NIV)
Most of the time we find ourselves looking for someTHING, not someONE. Things like earrings and car keys, love and acceptance usually will find their way into our top 10.
Power, success, satisfaction, comfort, a great scoring touch, a good job, what's in the refrigerator and what's on sale could likely make the top 10 too.
What's on your top 10 list?
Jesus pushes us to answer a better question: for WHOM are you looking, not for WHAT. You see, He knows we're always quietly in the mode of looking.
He faithfully draws our attention to Himself and His Father first, not to things, rules or situations. Creator must always come before creation (Colossians 1:17).
Jesus wants us to find Him more than He wants us to find stuff. Finding other things doesn't matter compared to knowing Him. That's why He asks a searching woman WHOM, not WHAT she is looking for.
His end-game is this: "Find Me. Follow Me. Know Me. Make Me known. Seek Me and my Father's kingdom.”
When you do this, when you make His kingdom your business, God promises to make your needs His business. (Matthew 6:33).
Reflect How personal does it get with you and Jesus? Does He rise above your search for things? Does “who” come before “what” for you?
There's good news for those who seek Him -- they find Him (Matthew 7:7,8). God rewards the diligent seeker (Hebrews 11:6; Jeremiah 29:13; Deuteronomy 4:29).
He did this for a searching Mary (John 20:16). He does this for all who seek Him. He'll do it for you.
A prayer to consider: LORD, I'm getting personal. It's You I seek. More than anything else. To find You is best.
Help me start and end here today. And I'll be looking for You all along the way. Amen.