The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. (John 1:35-39 ESV)
“What are you seeking?” are the first words of Jesus that John records and the big question that he asks of these two men who are interested in becoming his disciples. This question could also be translated, “what purpose do you have?” The same question applies to us today- what is our purpose in seeking to follow Jesus? Are you seeking a Jesus that is there to meet all of your wishes or to answer all of life’s questions for you? Maybe you are seeking meaning and purpose in your life through Jesus. Some come seeking Jesus to find fault and to critique the Christian faith.
What we learn from these two men is that they simply wanted to go to where Jesus was staying, to spend time with Jesus, and to gain insight into who Jesus was and what he was about . They were coming to spend quality time with Him to listen and learn. We can learn from these men what it means to seek Jesus today. Seeking is more than just saying a prayer or one day a week in a church.
Here are three questions we can asks ourselves as we seek Jesus:
What is your purpose in seeking to follow Jesus?
When was the last time you carved out significant time to listen and learn to Jesus?
When can you make some time this week (not just a 10 minute devotional) to listen and learn from Jesus?