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December 19, 2012 / Pastor George Fike

On the 7th day of Christmas… I Seek


Seven swans a-swimming… How graceful and elegant!  My 7th gift to you comes from my music to the elegant words of Lawrence “Chip” Root of Plainfield IL.  Chip and Aleece are another young couple we had the honor of pastoring for almost 9 years in south suburban Chicago.  When they first came to our church, it was to branch out from her parents’ church in a nearby village so they could establish their own home church environment.  As a young couple, married only a few years, they were intent to grow further.  Their parents had instilled in each of them a deep love for God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and the family of God.

Despite Chip’s youth, he was a great man of God, a faithful man of prayer.  Our church was fairly small.  At the time the Root’s began their involvement with us, we had a full-time senior pastor and I was serving part-time as the associate pastor/worship leader, teaching elementary school music full-time.  Chip’s heart was for seeking God, and he volunteered himself to come to the church early on Thursdays and spend an hour in prayer by himself. Not that others weren’t welcome; Chip just had a commitment that he would seek the face of God on behalf of our church family, alone or in the company of others.  Because of my full-time job, I was only able to join him once.  Our senior pastor perhaps joined him a few times.  But Chip had to get there in the wee hours of the morning, because he subsequently took a train into Chicago for work after his hour of power.geo_chip_ella

There was this one person, though, who didn’t like Chip’s decision one bit! No sir!  I know, by one interpretation of scripture, that he probably sat in our services each week, even if we didn’t see him.  Satan has a special hatred of people who seek God’s face and determined that Chip needed to pay.  And pay Chip did.  I am saving part of the story for a later post, but suffice it to say the Devil first attacked the one who was dearest to Chip on this earth; later he even attacked Chip’s body.  But more amazing… God turned Satan’s attempt at destruction into Chip’s reconstruction!  Just follow my posts after Christmas when I tell the Story of Four Babies!

Anyhow, now that Chip is mortified from all this attention, I’ll tell you why I told you this story.  The Bible tells us over and over: “SEEK GOD!”

Deuteronomy 4:29 ESV 

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Proverbs 8:17 ESV 

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Jeremiah 29:13 ESV 

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 

Sometimes those of us who call ourselves Christians have a tendency to look at the troubles of the world and the unfortunate decisions of people and note that they are “lost” while we are “saved.”  That’s not altogether inaccurate, but I’m afraid we let it distract us from noticing our tragic situation.  Since we have “found” God, we have stopped looking for Him.  Like the wide receiver who starts running for the end zone BEFORE he has secured the pass, we fumble the ball God gave us to carry in this life.  We’ve taken our eye off of the ball.  God never intended for us to find Him and stop.  David, who was the man after God’s heart, even says in Psalm 27:8 –

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.

When the first followers of Jesus encountered him in Galilee, out of curiosity they asked him:

“Teacher, where are you staying?”

His answer then, as now:

“Come and see.”

But they would soon discover: He never stays anywhere.  He is on the move.  Which is why we must keep moving.  The Christ-centered life is never static. It is walking beside the One whose “Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” We can’t take our eye off the ball for a second!  The seeking is continual.

Why do we stop seeking him?

  • Sometimes we’re relieved we no longer carry the load of guilt.  We recline in that comfort.
  • Sometimes the rewards are so intangible we go after other things we think we’re missing out on.
  • Sometimes following is painful, and we bail before God can finish the last strike of the chisel.

Chip’s words in I Seek tell the story of one who found God at the cross of His Son.  Have you considered:

If you set your heart to seek God, how quickly will you find Him – since He has been relentlessly pursuing you? 
Remember, you can find all 12 songs HERE.

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