Are You Seeking and
Answers to Life's Basic Questions?
What is a seeker? Typically, it is a person who's searching for answers. But
most people, on their own, don't seek after God. When someone begins a
search in his life it is usually to satisfy some unmet needs or to fill some
void. People may seek a better life, answers to life's questions, a sense of
peace, or even to find relief from an overwhelming sense of guilt.
There are lots of reasons why someone who doesn't consider himself to be a Christian might start attending church, and very often it isn't because they're seeking God at all. Oftentimes it is because they are seeking a spouse (because churches, more than bars, can be great places to find eligible singles). So just because somebody is going to church doesn't mean that they are a Christian.
"As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God." (Romans 3:10-12 NKJV)
Most of the time people aren't seeking God even though the Lord does instruct us to seek for him. "Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near." (Isaiah 55:6 NLT). This is something which more likely happens when a person comes under conviction.
"Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13 NASB)
There are a lot of churches now that are attempting to be "seeker friendly." What that means is that they have designed their church services to make unbelievers feel more comfortable. But the truth is that people who come to Christ because they have been lured to him within a nice friendly environment may not really be coming to Christ at all.
You see, when you have an encounter with God it is usually not a comfortable experience! You won't always feel good and get a warm and fuzzy feeling. A true encounter with the living God is likely to make you feel uncomfortable. When a dark heart is exposed to the light of God's holiness, that can be an upsetting experience.
A true encounter with Christ will likely cause you to feel compelled to fall on your knees and cry out, "Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!" You may even feel like you want to run away. But the important thing you need to know is that God is dealing with your heart because he wants to bring you into a relationship with himself. No matter what you're experience, I would encourage you to LISTEN to his voice inside of your heart.
What God must do first is convince you of your sin. Many people want to argue with the Lord and tell him they are really a good person inside. But don't forget what God says about you: "There is none righteous, no, not one." Until you admit the obvious, you're lying to yourself. And you're just wasting your time if you try to lie to God. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:8 NKJV)
I often tell people that one of the first qualifications for becoming a Christian is that you have to be a sinner. If you're not a sinner how can you be forgiven? Neither can you go to heaven. So if you lie to yourself about your true spiritual condition, you'll never feel the need for God's forgiveness or really find the truth.
What is Conviction?
Altar calls can be a problem because they tend to replace the difficult and narrow gate designed by Jesus (Mark 8:34; Matt. 7:14) with an easy and wide gate designed by us. With the best of intentions, many ministers have used altar calls and sinner's prayers to give unrepentant people a false confidence that they truly know Jesus.
We're told that "our gospel did not come to you in word only,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as
you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake." (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
To be converted by the Lord you must have a sense of conviction and then you
I've written a short article about how you can Come Under Conviction. I highly recommend that you click on that link if you are at all serious about finding God.