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The Joshua Tree
January 22

I grew up in a home that almost always had music playing. When my dad was 17, he was a DJ in Minneapolis and loved the early access he got to music before the general public. (Imagine a time before Spotify...) We had a CD player in our home by 1987 and as a kid I loved watching the lights from the receiver move as the music got louder. Last week I had a song from those early years on repeat in my head. It was the song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2. It fit in perfect with the reading we had on Sunday from the Gospel of John where Jesus asks a couple folks that are following him, “What are you looking for?” The question stuck out for me because I don't think many of us know what we are looking for. 

A couple weeks ago, my daughters had some friends over; one of them was a senior and we got to talking about college. I asked where he was hoping to go and what he wanted to study. He responded, “Probably business because I want to make a lot of money.” I’m always concerned by that response. I find myself asking (usually and hopefully just in my head) “Why?” Then I find myself wanting to preach, “Isn’t there more to life than just making a lot of money?” Thankfully that usually stays in my head...  But do we know what we are looking for? 

Jesus’ question comes on the heels of John the Baptist declaring that Jesus is “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” This is a big deal! The search is over! But Jesus still asks them what they are looking for. If Jesus were to ask you that same question, how would you respond? Do you know what you are looking for? This question is so tough because we are constantly told to want, look for, and desire things that won’t make our lives any more complete or fulfilled. Money, things, appearance, success, popularity, etc. We live in a world that values things that, instead of making our lives better, can actually make them worse. 

So maybe you haven’t found what you are looking for, and maybe that’s A-OK. Maybe we should be on a constant search to find what really matters, what makes us whole. I would rather we admit we haven’t found it yet than to think we have found our meaning in things that don’t matter, where moth and rust consume, and thieves break in and steal. The famous early church leader Augustine once said, “Our heart is restless until it rests in you.” If your heart is restless, take comfort, because it hasn’t found its place to rest yet, but continue to search for the one thing that matters. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

What are you looking for?

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: January 30, 2020 5:13 PM