We All Explore
One of the things we do when we are little children is exploring. We search to discover. We examine, study, and analyze what we are seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, and tasting. Throughout history humans have been exploring our globe, the skies, the ocean depths, the inner workings of the human ear, and weather patterns. I rather doubt that a day goes by where each of us isn’t exploring something. But don’t miss the most important exploration of life.
Limitations Hinder Exploration
Now that I am in my 70’s, my wife would prefer that I stay on the ground and not go up on the roof of our home. She is right, but there are times when I would like to see what is in the rain gutters. Because I cannot fly, I bought an Autel drone to look at things the birds can see. The following pictures show some of the things I explored last summer. Of course, the grandchildren also enjoyed learning how to fly the drone. But the things we can seek and find with a drone may cause us to miss an even higher perspective.
Exploring the Purpose for Existence
We are by design going to look for something when it comes to our purpose for existence. Some will conclude that we are just amazing products of some billions of years of continual order and various improvements coming from disorder and non-living matter. It is likely that most subscribe to this system of belief. Sadly, this limits their ability to explore beyond what they can see or even recreate experimentally. It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, Jesus told the people of the day that they should be explorers. He knew they were looking for meaning and life after death. He told them to be biblical theologians when they read the Old Testament scriptures.
Jesus said, “And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” John 5:37-40
Solomon, arguably one the most wise (and yet most foolish) kings of Israel, declared, “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5
How to Identify a Follower of Jesus
A follower of Jesus is someone who continues to search. The search is with a purpose of seeking good for their neighbor. “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” 1 Corinthians 10:24
Five Minute Friday
This post is part of the weekly Five-Minute Friday link-up.
All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.