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Philippians 2:3-5

How Far Will I Go?

PRAY: Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. (Psalm 119:18, NLT)

READ IT: One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. (Mark 7:1, NLT)

They came to Jesus.

They sought Him out.

Why?

What was their motivation?

What did they want with Him?

How far did they travel? How long did it take?

They came as a group. They took a trip.

It must have been planned.

Did these two groups normally interact?

What caused this special trip for them?

READ IT AGAIN: One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. (Mark 7:1, NLT)

Do I come to see Jesus? Do I seek Him out? God has invited me plenty of times to “come” and be with Him (Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 55:1-6; Psalm 27:8; John 6:35; Hebrews 4:16). Yet do I come? Do I want to see Him? If He seems a little hard to find, do I continue seeking? Or do I give up?

Why do I seek Jesus? What do I want with Him? The Pharisees and teachers of religious law were normally up to no good, trying to catch Jesus in some trap. Am I trying to catch Him? If so, why? To trick Him? To use Him for my own gains? Or do I simply want to enjoy being in His presence?

How far will I go to find Him? These men traveled at least to another town. Many throughout the Gospels hear that Jesus is near and go to see Him. The wise men spent two years searching for baby Jesus (Matthew 2:16). They traveled miles; I barely seem to travel from my feet to my knees. Such a short distance to bow before my King.

Do I bring anyone with me to see Him? The Pharisees and teachers of religious law prob
ably traveled together, knowing there was strength in numbers for whatever plot they had in mind. But do I bring anyone with me to see Jesus? Am I so excited about Him, so in love with Him, that I say with Philip or the woman at the well, “Come and see” the Messiah (John 1:46; John 4:29)?

PRAY: Oh, Father, others go out of their way to seek You, yet I struggle to give You five minutes of my time and attention. I want to want You. I want to draw near to You. I want to be in Your presence. I want to hear Your voice. Teach me to come close to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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