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Many of us are perpetual seekers? We always seem to be searching for something?
Will be like Jack Grimm and end up with great adventures, only to find that what we most seek eludes us, remaining just outside our grasp? Most of us as men would settle for that in our younger years. But as we grow older, we want to make a difference. We want to leave our mark in a positive, redemptive way.
Will we be like Randal Cunningham and realize that what we seek is not found until we seek after something greater than our own dreams? Great adventures are wonderful and great accomplishments feel good in their day, but will we find that character that helps us leave a mark for good and God like Randal has tried to do?
The Bible promises in the Hebrews 11 that "Without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to God must believe that he exists and rewards those who diligently seek after him." Can we believe that? Can we really believe that?
Our third man helps us see that we can trust that promise. His name is Abraham. He is called The Father of the Faithful. Why? Because he obeyed God's call to leave his home for a land which he was to receive as an inheritance. When he left, he had achieved much. He was successful in business. He was respected by his friends and relatives. He was a good man who had good values. But he left all that, answering God's call to search for something greater. The Bible says, "He went away without knowing where he was to go. The Bible says he was looking forward to a city with firm foundations whose builder and maker was God." He was a seeker. But he was not satisfied with finding the temporary and the trivial. He was seeking a home with God. The Bible goes on and tells us that "God is not ashamed to be called his God" and that God "has prepared a city" for him and those like him who are willing to seek after God and his Kingdom.
While we can't promise you the kind of adventures that Jack Grimm has experienced, or the middle age success of Randal Cunningham, we can assure you that if we seek God and his Kingdom, if we choose to be a Kingdom man, God's man, our seeking will bring us to what we yearn for most, a home with God. It will also help us better know how take our family with us. It won't be easy and it won't be without cost and it won't be without hardships, but it is one search that ends in victory and a crown. I don't know about you, but to me, that's something worth seeking!
For a glimpse of Jack Grimm's adventures check out his search for the Titanic and a final look at a West Texas adventurer.
For a summary of Randal Cunningham's career, see The Underground Viking Fan site player bios.
The material on Abraham comes from Hebrews 11:1-2, 6, 8-19.
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