Are you a consumer or a seeker of Christ? When you consume, it is all about you. When you seek, it is all about Him. Matthew 6:33 declares, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When you seek, you humbly cry out to God as a servant and learner. “Lord, please teach me, show me, reveal yourself.” And, you are not in a big hurry. Psalm 46:10 encourages you, ”Be still, and know that I am God.” As a seeker, you are not telling Him, you are listening to Him. Slow down. Matthew 5:10 declares “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (seeking), for they shall be satisfied.” The focus of seeking is hungering and thirsting for God not what “I need.” The neat thing is that as a seeker, hearing His still, small voice, you are genuinely “satisfied.” Lamentations 3:23 is awesome, “His mercies are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
I saw the below comments this AM in Lifezette written by Pastor Ryan Day, Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
“If you’re genuinely searching for a quality church that meets New Testament standards, here are eight questions you shouldn’t be asking:
1) Is the pastor “cool” in his language, haircut, and fashion choices?
2) Does the church offer activities in addition to religious services? Movies? Bowling? Pizza parties? Ice cream socials?
3) Is the church’s building top-notch — does it have curb appeal and shine compared to others in the area?
4) What kind of coffee does it serve? Starbucks? Seattle’s Best? Will it make my favorite cappuccino or specialty drink?
5) Does the worship service make me feel happy? Is it always positive, affirming, and upbeat? Does it focus on my personal needs?
6) How short is the sermon? Does it inform and inspire in 20 minutes or less?
7) What is the parking situation? Can I get in and out in fewer than 25 steps?
8) Does the church have multiple video screens? How about a phone app? Does it accommodate me as a busy person in every way possible?”
Are you consuming or seeking God?