"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."
Seeking the Lord Wholeheartedly
The Word of God teaches us that He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). We are commanded to look to the Lord and His strength, to seek His face always (Psalm 105:4). "God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him."
"But if from there you seek the Lord your God you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul."
"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap the fruit of unfailing love and break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you."
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
Some churches have a sign over the inside of their doorway declaring: You are now entering the Mission Field!
That is a good reminder that the church service is primarily for the building up of believers for works of service and evangelism in the world. However, if we assume that the Mission field is only outside the church, we would be mistaken.
Engage in conversation with some of the members of your local church and you may be surprised, probably even shocked. So far this year, I have spoken to a number of church -going people, who describe themselves as Christians, yet who believed in strange and unbiblical new age concepts such as re-incarnation and universalism. People who have described themselves as "a good person ", and "a dedicated Christian ", "born again " have, in all seriousness, told me that "everyone will go to Heaven, because God is all -forgiving "; "God will keep refining us through re-incarnation until we are ready for Heaven "; "All religions lead to God " and "People are basically good!" One man claimed that he had not sinned for over 30 years! One woman claimed that she had prayed and God had guided her to abort her child!