John 1:1-3,10 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made... He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him.
Why can’t the world recognise Jesus when all the things in the world are made through Him? This is neither a theological question nor a question to ask our non-Christian friends only. This question is for us as well.
God is not far from us, but we cannot see God without seeking for Him. When sin entered the world and God expelled Adam and Eve from Eden, man could no longer walk side by side with God. If Jesus were here with us today, many of us will not recognise Him either. We think we know each other because we have met each other, but we hardly know what’s inside each other’s hearts. We won’t know each other unless we open up our hearts to let the other know us. In the same way, we won’t know God unless God opens our eyes to see Him.
“This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’” (Matthew 13:13-15 NIV)
We don’t understand what God is telling us because our hearts have become calloused. Do we think that Christians’ hearts would not become calloused or hardened? I've had times when I felt reading the Bible was unnecessary because I’ve read that passage before, and assumed I know what God wants to say. I thought I knew enough. I was able to quote verses to help struggling brothers and I was proud to share the Word. I rejected pursuing God because my heart had hardened. My heart only had ME as the focus. God was not involved in my growth because I didn’t allow God to come in. I was not open to listen to criticism and was quick to react.
This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2 NIV)
Our God’s throne is heaven and the earth is His footstool. I am just a created being and God has asked me where is the house I will build for Him. Do we know that the Holy Spirit is now dwelling in us? We ought to be humbled that God’s Spirit is willing to dwell in us. But how contrite are we? Do we tremble at God’s words? Because sin had caused Adam and Eve to be expelled from Eden, we ought to battle sin to be with God. The road to heaven is narrow; we are at risk if we don’t tremble at God’s words.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:24,27-28 NIV)
God made the world so that men will reach out to Him and find Him, for we are his offspring. God loves us and He wants us to find Him. It hurts God when we don’t recognise Him. How would I feel if my children do not recognise me? I have hurt God and strayed from His words.
God, seek me and I will obey your commands.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.