I watched as my three-year-old nephew gathered Easter eggs. He knew there was chocolate in those brightly-colored, plastic eggs, so after he had filled his bucket about a quarter of the way, he was ready to go inside and devour the spoils of the hunt.
What he didn’t realize was that he had only found a small portion of the eggs, and if he would just keep searching, he would be able to fill his bucket to overflowing!
But he had given up. Content with the chocolate in the meager portion of eggs “hidden” in plain sight, he wasn’t prepared for the hard work of searching for the more expertly hidden eggs, thereby missing out on an even greater portion of chocolate.
How often do we adults do the same with God? Matthew 7:7 tells us to keep asking, to keep seeking, and to keep knocking. Matthew 13:45-46 likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a costly pearl. And the Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 3:8 that everything is worthless compared to the infinite value of knowing Christ.
Yet how often do we content ourselves with what we know about God – unprepared to put in the effort of continually seeking him. Unwilling to give up what we do have in order to obtain that pearl of great price. Uneasy about counting everything as loss when compared to knowing Christ.
We often don’t even realize the great reward that awaits us if we would but keep searching – greater wisdom, increased favor, a more intimate relationship with God, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
When it comes to my faith, I do not ever want to become content with where I am. I want to keep hunting so I do not miss out on the fullness of God!