Imagine trying to get a paper done the night before it’s due– we’ve all been there. Microsoft Word is open, and so are Spotify, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Pintrest, and Instagram. Sound about right? With all these tabs open, which one is getting your full attention? That’s right; none of them are. You’re really just wasting your time sitting at your computer. If nothing is getting your full attention, nothing is being achieved. The way I see it, we’re better off going solely on Facebook and not even attempting the paper because a paper written with half the effort necessary isn’t worth any effort at all.
Our relationship with God is the same way. Many college students are in what could be called a discovery stage. We beg God to reveal Himself to us, but if we don’t see a miracle or suddenly “feel” Him, we get let down. In His Word, God promises us that we can find Him– He even tells us exactly how to do it. In the book of Jeremiah, God tells us that He had a specific plan for our lives. These plans are made by Him for our good (Jeremiah 29:11), but how do we find out what these plans are? In Jeremiah 29:13, He tells us, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Awesome, right? The Creator of the world guarantees us the opportunity to find Him. Most Christians like to read that verse and think that their occasional devo. and raising of hands is “seeking with all their heart”.
What God has been telling me recently, however, is quite the opposite. When we try to seek God a midst other things, it’s like trying to get a paper done with 6 tabs open. Pursuing relationships, grades, parties, social highs, and God only leaves all of those things at a stagnant level of partial achievement. In Revelation, God warns against this lifestyle saying, “So, because you are lukewarm– neither hot nor cold– I will spit you out of my mouth” (3:16). God would prefer you put all your effort into worldly gain rather than put Him on the same level as it.
So, close all your other tabs. Seek God with all your heart, your utmost attention, and your maximum effort. Don’t leave your friends in the dirt, or forget your schoolwork, but give God the number one spot in your life. Seek Him, and seek Him with all your heart. Because, as promised, you will find Him.