What Are You Looking For?

“The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.” (John 1:35-39a)


“What are you looking for?”  This was Jesus’ question to the two disciples of John the Baptist, who took off after Jesus after John said, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”  The disciples of John didn’t seem to be quite sure how to respond to Jesus in the moment, asking, “Rabbi, where are you staying?”  But they were looking for something, and Jesus knew it.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t have followed after Jesus.

What are you looking for?  Jesus asked a great question here!  (And apparently didn’t even care that he ended a sentence with a preposition...)

It makes a big difference - what you and I are looking for.  Why?  Because, in my experience, we very often find what we are looking for!

If you are looking for someone to mess up or say the wrong thing, you will usually find evidence, so that you can say, “See!  This person can’t be trusted!”

If you looking for the good in someone, you will undoubtedly find it.

If you are looking for rejection, you will find that.

If you are looking for a mentor, you will find one.

If you are looking for things to complain about, you will find them, and if you are looking for things to be grateful for, you will find those.

If you are hiking and looking for the trail after you have lost it - think of late spring conditions in Colorado when the trail is covered with snow - in my experience, if you keep looking, you will eventually find it.

If you are looking for God to give you a new task and a new purpose, and you keep listening, God will give you your next assignment.

If you are looking for a God who is vindictive or absent or petty, you will find that God.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a God who is actively bringing about blessing and healing and positive transformation in the world, guess what?  You will find that God.

Someone has said, “What you focus on expands.”  Start focusing on the weather or on sports, and see how much you can focus on these things! Your perspective makes a HUGE difference in how you live your life.

 Pay attention to what you are looking for.  And if life seems sour or depressing, start looking for different things... or different people... or a different God!