One day I was moving about on skis and I was looking on my right. I discovered there was a sheep in a pit smiling at me. I do not know for how long it had been there. I could not make out any other sheep nearby. The poor animal could not free itself.
This happened by chance. Perhaps the owner had been searching for it yet without success. Seeking for an animal gone astray can be difficult.
Please read the following words of Jesus: “What do you think? If a man owns hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” (Matthew 18:12+13/NIV).
Looking for something requires effort. Seeking is not easy.
The Greek word for ‘seeking’ in the above quote also is found in 1 Corinthians 13:5: Love “seeketh not its own.” This very fact has inspired my post today.
What are your goals? For what are you prepared to invest your energy and strength? What are your real values? What are your true motives? What are you seeking to achieve?
Paul says love would pursue higher objectives than just looking for selfish advantages. A loving person at times may busy himself – or herself – with other things and even forget about selfish needs!