I was working recently to promote an Internet group called, “Thirst for God.” Every Christian should desire more and more the presence of God. A term which shows the intensity of this desire is “seek.”
so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be my own,’ says the Lord, who makes these things.
Acts 15.17 NET
In this verse, James cites the writings of the prophet Amos, in order to prove that it was God’s plan to include the Gentiles as a part of his people.
The Greek term behind the word seek in this verse is used six other times in the New Testament, in Luke 11.50 and 51, Romans 3.11, Hebrews 11.6 and 12.17, and 1 Peter 1.10.
The term means “to exert effort to find out or learn something, seek out, search for” (BGAD). It is an intensive form of the verb, bringing the idea of a “concentrated effort” (EDBW), instead of thinking about God on occasion or showing up at church when it’s convenient.
According to the verse above, this search is for all, Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, college grads and the unschooled. It is for all because God put eternity in the hearts of all and made it possible for anyone and everyone to find him through seeking.
This seeking, and only this seeking, is rewarded, Hebrews 11.6.
Because who will seek him is only the one who has a great thirst for God.