Seek God – Find Life
The following quotation was read by Dr. Adrian Rogers and taken from an essay by a 17 year old boy. This boy wrote an essay on the topic of “union with Jesus Christ” as part of his school work in a Christian school. As you read this, at first it may sound like a terrific essay:
“If we examine the history of man’s nature as an individual, we constantly observe that spark of divinity in his breast. The enthusiasm for what is good. The struggle for wisdom. The longing for truth are being smothered by the flames of desire and greed. The zeal for virtue becomes deathened by the tempting voice of sin and turns into a mockery as soon as we feel the full impact of life. Our hearts reason, history the word of Christ all call out to us loudly and convincingly to tell us that union with Him is absolutely necessary and without Him we would be rejected of God. For He alone is able to deliver us. Once a man has obtained this virtue, this union with Christ, he will awake quietly and composedly, await quietly and composedly the blows of fate. He will bravely oppose the storms of passion. And endure undaunted the rage of the wicked. For who can crush him or rob him of his Redeemer?”
“What’s the problem with all of that? Not a thing in the world, so far as truth is concerned. But if he had been writing an essay on Geography or history he would have done just as good a job because he had a brilliant mind. He knew the answers but he doesn’t know Jesus. Founded atheistic Communism. Can you imagine, a person knowing all of that truth and yet not knowing the Lord?
The person who wrote it was Karl Marx. Karl Marx, the founder of godless, atheistic Communism. The one who wrote the diabolical book, Das Kapital. The one who has caused more misery, more bloodshed, more hatred, more violence, more division, I suppose, than any other man who ever lived. Karl Marx wrote this when he was a seventeen year old boy.” – The Adrian Rogers Legacy Collection
Jesus said in Luke 12:48 For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Graduates, purpose to hold the following principles in your daily life going forward. These principles are taken from Amos 5:4, 6, 8, 14. For example: Amos 5:4 says, For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
In fact, each of the above references say much the same thing: Seek God – Find Life.
- You are leaving High School, but you are not leaving God.
- Some people walk all alone in life. Israel was walking away from God and Amos warns them that they were walking alone. Can two walk together except they be agreed? No! They were all alone because of their sin.
- No matter what happens in life, we must keep seeking God.
Keep seeking God.
God’s people, to whom Amos was preaching had been worshipping false gods for a long time. They had a lot of stuff and in many ways they worshipped their material things, possessions, and money. Read the book of Amos for more details. Greed, stealing, and coveting was all too prominent in everyday life. If they were living in our day and age, they would have looked a lot like us; plenty of food, too much stuff, and lots of money. Possessions and stuff was now controlling them – much like many of us today. If they were alive today, they would have had the best cell phones, the fastest computers, and the best-looking cars. They had everything that mattered materially in life because God had previously blessed their fathers and forefathers. They had enough and more than enough, but they did not have God.
Think of it this way: We do not have much of a life if we live without God.
God’s people had left God. They were walking through life all alone. They had stuff, money, families, jobs, land, chariots, and things – but they had left the Lord. Please note the following and examine your heart…
- Success Can Blur Your Vision of God.
- Stuff Can Weaken Your Value on God.
- Situations Can Lessen Your Victory in God.
Current and old chapters of life end, new chapters begin – Keep Seeking God. Seasons go, and seasons come – keep seeking God. Changes happen in life – keep seeking God.
Follow what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
When we seek God first – that is when we really find living.