Christ said that if we seek Him, we will find Him. What happens when we do find Him? During our singles scavenger hunt we spent quite a bit of energy guessing clues and finding items on our lists, but if we don’t find a use for them, then we have only a pile of stuff that doesn’t really mean anything to us--except for the fact that we found it --we met the requirement.
How many “Christians” only find Christ when they seek Him--to fill the void that only He can fill--only to be frustrated or duped into thinking that this is where our search ends? When in fact it’s just the beginning! When we find Christ, like finding a bunch of stuff from a required Scavenger Hunt list, we have “won” the prize of salvation. But, there is so much more to this game we call life. Now we have to decide what we’ll do with what we’ve found. Most of the items found during our singles scavenger hunt were used to create dishes for our Mexican taco dinner. (A few items were thrown in to have a laugh and some fun.) When we find Christ and ask Him to be the Lord of our lives, we’ve only begun our spiritual scavenger hunt with the most important first prize, Jesus. After this we have to find many other things that will help us continue to grow and become more Christ-like (a Christian). If we simply find Christ, but we do nothing with what we’ve found in Him, then have we really begun the transformation mentioned in Romans 12:2? Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…
We must ask, "Are we changing into something that God’s wants us to be or are we just saved?"
While I was dating a guy a few years ago we had a discussion on how deep a person’s (potential mate’s) commitment to Christ should be. He came to the conclusion that he wanted someone who was “just saved.” He didn’t want someone that was overly committed or convicted about things. We obviously disagreed on this so we soon parted ways, but this is an issue every Christian must face. We have to ask ourselves, “Am I going to go all the way with this Christ-like life style or am I going to choose to take salvation without truly giving myself to Christ.” And I guess this begs the question, “If I choose to refuse to give myself completely to Christ (refusing to allow Him to change me into His image) am I truly saved?”
What I do know is this, when we found all of the items on our scavenger hunt list, they were just that, “items.” But when the people who dreamt up this idea of a scavenger hunt (the creators) shared their vision of what these “items” could be when mixed together in the right way, those items became a great meal prepared by some awesome hands. I believe this is what God has in store for us! When we seek Him and find Him, it’s just the beginning of a great adventure! God sees the “big picture of you.” He knows all of the great items or gifts and talents He’s already given you for you to find in yourself! The cool thing is that He wants to help you not only find these gifts and talents, but also help you develop them so that you can be the great person He originally designed you to be. Isn’t that great? Our creator wants to help us find who we are AND help us become what we were meant to be. Who would ever want to be “just saved” and risk missing out on God’s help to become what He designed us to be? Not me! I’m tired of struggling to find out who I am. I want to be committed to becoming who and what God wants me to be. I want to change, become better, “be transformed by the renewing of my mind” so that I can make my daddy (God) proud of me! I want to become a great person created and molded by God’s awesome hands!
Pastor Sheila Bush
Children's Pastor/C.E. Director
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