For over 10 years we have hosted Easter at our house. For our family, part of the tradition of Easter is hiding plastic eggs filled with candy in the back yard. Each kid has their own egg color. If your color is orange, you only pick up the orange eggs.
However, there is one golden egg that is fair game for everyone – the golden egg has a five-dollar bill in it. Although the kids are excited to find their eggs with candy, the real search is for the golden egg.
The men’s job is to hide the eggs, and inevitably, we are criticized for either making the eggs too easy, or too difficult to find. Apparently, there is a small window of egg hiding perfection we are yet to attain.
Of course, we make the golden egg the most difficult to find – and in some years the kids give up and we must resort to the HOTTER-COLDER game until it is finally discovered. If we didn’t basically walk them right to the golden in in those difficult years there is no doubt they would have grown bored with it, irritated about it, or just concluded that it isn’t worth it.
My question is, how much would keep them interested. How much would keep them seeking that golden egg. There is a threshold, right? After all, who hasn’t played that game growing up, daring someone to eat a worm or some other gross thing, how much before they would be willing – Fear Factor, before Fear Factor was a show.
So, how much? – how much in the golden egg before they refuse to quit until it’s found? Let’s broaden the question – the adults are also in on the golden egg – how much for you to keeping searching for it?
Age matters, right? A 2-year-old won’t care if it’s $5 or $500, currency doesn’t mean anything to them – but at some point, kids get old enough to know that they want money! Then there is another level – the value of $500 to a person, for example. The richest person in the world will probably not dirty their pants looking for a $500 egg if they are willing to look at all.
Then there is the trust level. If this year we put $5,000 in a golden egg, but we hid it really well – I am talking hiding it so well in the yard that the kids would have to move stuff, dig through stuff, get dirty, get tired trying – that kind of thing……is there a point where they would say, “you’re lying, there’s no $5,000 egg out here!”
Obviously, you are getting the point – but bear with me for one more question. How much would have to be in that egg for you to keep searching until it’s found? I am talking, pitch a tent, get flashlights, shovels, take leave off work, whatever it takes, for as long as it takes to find that egg…how much?
God calls all people to diligently seek Him. So, why doesn’t everyone seek Him? Maybe they don’t see the value in it, maybe they think of it as a plastic egg with nothing inside. Or maybe they think, it isn’t worth the effort, what I have now is worth more than anything that could be “inside”. Maybe they’ve searched, and they have become convinced, it’s a lie, there is no “egg” out there. Maybe their thought is, I have found my golden egg and it’s not Jesus, so quit asking me to search.
In some cases, a person may say, “I’ve searched, nothing happened!” But their idea of searching is, I said a prayer once and nothing happened, or I read the Bible and didn’t understand it, or any other half -hearted effort at finding the Truth.
I have heard critics mockingly say, “why are there so many Bible versions, shouldn’t there just be one?!”
Yes, if you can read Hebrew and Greek.
Since most of us can’t read Hebrew and Greek, faithful men and women, many losing their lives in the cause, have sought to capture as closely as possible the meaning of the original text in various languages. The problem is, the Greek and Hebrew languages are so rich that it is difficult to capture meanings in a word or two in the English language.
The word “seek” used in Hebrews 11:6 seems to be one of those words. As I struggled trying to understand the meaning from the original I looked at several translations, here’s what I found:
• Earnestly seek
• Sincerely seek
• Diligently seek
• Diligently search
• Seek after Him
When I look at the text definition on the E-Sword App it says:
To search out, investigate, crave, demand, seek after carefully, diligently
Webster’s definition of seek says:
1: to resort to : go to
2a : to go in search of : look for
b : to try to discover
EARNESTLY, adv. ern'estly. Warmly; zealously; importunately; eagerly; with real desire.
DILIGENTLY, adv. With steady application and care; with industry or assiduity; not carelessly; not negligently.
If you are to earnestly, sincerely, diligently seek God there are certain things you must do in your search.
1) To seek God, you must first know the Gospel. We need to rightly understand sin and it’s consequence, along with God’s way to be saved from this consequence.
2) To seek God, you must know who He is, He is the Creator of all things…including you
3) To seek God, you must read His Word. Through men, led by the Spirit of God, He has written His Word, protected it His Word. It is a Living Word for you to feast on daily.
4) To seek God, you must talk to Him. That is what prayer is, quiet everything around you and talk to God.
5) To seek God, you must remove the obstacles blocking your way. The world is full of distractions that want to keep you busy from what is important, remove them. If you thought the million-dollar egg was under the shed you would tear it down, right?
6) As you read His Word and Pray the Spirit will convict you of sin in your life. You need to make every effort to remove this sin. Sin blocks fellowship. Sin removes the peace, assurance, and direction only God can give – it must be removed.
God promises that if you seek Him, you will find Him. But, the search must be diligent, it must be steadfast…it’s value is immeasurable, it’s reward is eternal…your search for a million-dollar egg should pale by comparison to your search for God.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Acts 17:27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,