In recent decades churches across America have adopted the seeker-sensitive model of church growth. The plan called for churches to take on the appearance of a non-church setting by taking down their crosses, replacing the choir and organ with contemporary praise teams and bands, replacing pulpits with lecterns, introducing fog machines and disco balls in youth groups, and replacing doctrine filled sermons with self-help sermonettes in an attempt to attract the unsaved to God. Contrary to these feeble attempts to grow the church, Scripture reveals it is not the sinner who seeks after God, but God who seeks the sinner through His Son Jesus Christ.
It was to Zacchaeus, the wee little man who climbed up in the sycamore tree to see Jesus as He passed through Jericho on His way to the Cross, that Jesus said, “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost,” while abiding with Zacchaeus in his house that day, (Luke 19:1-10). The Psalmist David had written centuries earlier, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God, (Psalm 10:4). In the Book of Revelation the Apostle John wrote of unsaved man seeking death during the Great Tribulation rather than bowing the knee to Almighty God (Revelation 9:6). Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God,” (Romans 3:11). Man does not seek after God; God seeks after man to bring him into a right relationship with Himself, but only those who willingly give of themselves to Him will be saved.
After salvation those who have trusted Christ as Savior seek after God with their whole hearts. Proverbs 8:17, “I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me.” Isaiah 55:6, “Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD… Then shall ye call upon me… ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught His disciples, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you;” and also, “Seek, and ye shall find,” (Matthew 6:33; 7:7).
“Behold, I, even I,
will both search My sheep, and seek them out.”