Since time immemorial, the topic of religion and what it truly means to know and follow Jesus has always been a cause of debate. Due to differences in culture, denomination, and even personal opinion, people have strong views regarding what it means to seek and find Jesus. The main question usually is, what steps can you take to show you how to find Jesus?
The Bible, particularly in Jeremiah chapter twenty-nine verse thirteen, implies that when one seeks God with all of their heart, they will find Him. God, in this case, can be referred to as Jesus since Jesus is fully God and fully man. This implies that if people seek Jesus with all of their heart, they will find Him.
What are the steps to take when seeking Jesus? Where can you look for Jesus? How do you know you have found Jesus? What are the bible verses about finding Jesus? To get these questions answered and more, keep reading this article.
How to seek Jesus: Steps to take when seeking Jesus
Before we can explore what it means to seek Jesus, it’s essential to understand what the word seek means. To seek means actively and intentionally looking for or pursuing something or somebody. In seeking Jesus, it is more than just whispering a prayer after you wake up, before you sleep, or before every meal.
It is also more than attending church services on Sundays. Seeking Jesus means actively and intentionally fellowshipping with Him, even as you go about your day. When seeking Him, it’s no longer about following a rule or being religious but actively nurturing a relationship.
The fundamental steps one can take when seeking Jesus can be broken down as follows. Each step has been elaborated on to explain what it entails.
Step One: Recognize and believe that God loves you
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, on earth so that by His death and resurrection, all of humanity can be cleansed of their sins, restored to a close relationship with God, and gain eternal life. The main driving force of this was His love for humanity.
This is implied in a commonly known verse from the book of John, chapter three, verse sixteen.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Step Two: Confess and Repent of Your sins
The next step is recognizing that due to humanity’s sins, God had to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die so that humanity’s sins can be forgiven. Sin came into the world in the beginning when Eve disobeyed God by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil after He had instructed her not to.
Due to this disobedience, sin entered into the world and still exists today. However, the Bible promises that you will be forgiven and cleansed when you confess your sins and repent from your ways. This is implied in the book of 1st John, chapter one, verse nine.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1st John 1:9
Step Three: Confess that Jesus is Lord and welcome Him into your heart
The next step to seeking Jesus is acknowledging and confessing that He exists and He is Lord, thereafter welcoming Him into your heart. The Bible in the book of Romans chapter ten, verses nine and ten, speculates that when you do this, you will be saved.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and with your mouth, you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
Step Four: Find a community with like-minded people who are seeking Jesus
The last step to seeking Jesus is to find a community of like-minded people to seek Jesus alongside. This could be by joining a local church or a small group and meet often.
The Bible, in Matthew chapter eighteen, verse twenty, implies that when there is a gathering of two or three people for the sake of seeking Jesus, Jesus will be in their midst.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
How do you know you need to find Jesus?
The best thing to do would be to simply look around you and even the state of your own life. The destruction, tragedy, chaos, and turmoil in the world or your life result from sin. Jesus came to do away with this sin. When you welcome Him in your heart, it doesn’t mean that the chaos in the world and your world will stop. It means despite it all; you will have peace in your heart, you will be cleansed from sin, and have hope for eternal life. You are assured of a place in heaven, your final destination.
The word of God in John chapter fourteen, verse six, suggests that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. To find these needful things, you need to find Jesus first.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Where do you look for Jesus?
The best place to look for Jesus is in the Holy Scriptures, otherwise known as the Bible.
The Bible has many books filled with many stories and features numerous characters. Despite this, they all point to Jesus, why He had to come on earth and why we need Him in our lives. As you look for Jesus, it is best to start with the word of God.
How do you know you have found Jesus?
To know that you have found Jesus, it is essential first to understand that it’s a relationship based on faith. This means that you receive salvation from Jesus by faith, and as He works in you, you live out a Godly life by faith. This can be demonstrated in Ephesians chapter two, verse eight, which suggests that salvation is by grace through faith and is a gift from God. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8.
Bible verses about finding Jesus
The following are bible verses that speak about finding Jesus.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13. This verse suggests that if you seek Jesus wholeheartedly with a genuine desire to know Him, you are assured of finding Him.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
This Bible verse speculates that when you seek, you will find. It further suggests that anyone who seeks will find whatever they’re seeking. If you seek Jesus, you will find Him.
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10. This verse implies that anyone who seeks Jesus will find Him and lack no good thing.
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