[As Valentine’s Day approaches, this archived post on true desire seems apropos.]
The Thrill of Being Desired
Perhaps it was romance: Some cute classmate liked you in high school or college and it sent a bit of a thrill through up and down your spine, made your heart beat a little faster, and your breath got caught in your throat.
Or maybe it was a job offer: Someone actually wants you over all those other people who applied for the position and now you are the one who gets to choose whether to accept.
Or perhaps it was just some stranger at an airport who saw you looking lost and came over to offer guidance, seeking you out when you didn’t know where to turn to for help.
In any case, it’s nice to be sought after.
Jesus, the One who Seeks Us
Jesus is a dogged seeker. It’s what he does:
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10.)
And he’s in the business of freeing those he seeks:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then [Jesus] rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:18-21.)
And he doesn’t give up seeking:
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:12-14.)
And he pays our ransom for us:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45.)
This is our Savior, one who continues to hunt for us, to loosen chains that bind us, to bring us out of captivity and into a freedom more marvelous than any we could ever imagine.
We are lost without him but in him and through him we are found, blessed for eternity:
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7.)
Past, Present, Future
I love that those passages cover our lives past and present and future.
- Past: While we were dead in our transgressions, Christ died for us. Jesus came to seek and save. He fulfilled the prophecy of a Savior in the presence of those around him.
- Present: We are presently seated with him in the heavenly realms; it’s not something we have to wait for.
- Future: God is going to show us even more incomparable riches of his grace in the ages to come.
The bottom line is that our God saves:
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death. (Psalm 68:19-20.)
This is our God, our rescue, our ransom.
Romance, Job Offer, Airport
Each of those scenarios at the top of this post are really analogies for Jesus seeking us out.
Love: Jesus is the one who loved us before we loved him.
Work: Jesus invites us to serve in his kingdom, taking part in the work that he desires to do through us.
Direction: Jesus himself is the way, and when we feel lost he says all we need to do is look at him.
We are found.