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Seeking Him and Speaking Him

By Tosha Williams

 

From the time I was little, I wanted to seek the Lord. I felt drawn to Him. I remember reading my Bible of my own accord in elementary school. I remember pressing into the discipline of devotions in middle school. By the time I was in high school, the Larnelle Harris song “I Want to Know Christ” became my life song.

I wanted to know Christ with all my heart, and I still do. Decades later, for all the mistakes I’ve made in life, this is the one thing I know I’ve gotten completely right.

But as a mom, how do I translate this passion for the Lord to my kids? As a leader, how do I empower others to desire Him? How can I pass on what I have experienced with the Lord, so that you can experience Him, too?

 A couple years ago, I was in my office, praying about all this when He gave me these four words: “Seek Him Speak Him”

I knew these were His answer to my questions. It was an epiphany for me, a marked moment in my life. In four short words, the Holy Spirit summarized for me the Christian life.

Really, His whole Word is an invitation to “Seek Him.” From Old Testament to New, God reveals Himself, piece by piece, character trait by character trait, action by action, statement by statement. He calls us to Himself, inviting us to believe Him, to know Him, to walk with Him and follow Him.

We “Seek Him” by responding to this invitation, through spending time in His Word, talking to Him in prayer, worshiping with other believers, turning our hearts to His Presence. His Word says, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). In my Jesus Story (see https://familydiscipleme.org/my-jesus-story/), I have done this for almost five decades, and I can attest that it is true:  He can be found when we “Seek Him.” I have experienced His Presence, I have known His joy despite sorrow, I have communed with Him; I have heard His voice.

All this compels me to turn around and “Speak Him.” 2 Corinthians says, “’I believed, and so I spoke,’ we also believe, and so we also speak” (4:13 ESV). When I seek Him, I cannot help but “Speak Him,” too.

I want my children to know and experience the Lord. (Actually, I want all children to know and experience the Lord.) I know I can’t make any of them believe in Jesus; indeed, I don’t want to make them believe. However, I want my life to “Speak Him” in order to invite them to “Seek Him” too.

To “Seek Him Speak Him” is the ultimate living out both Jesus’ Great Commission and God’s command in Deuteronomy:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7 NIV).

It’s not just about taking kids to church, having a Bible somewhere in the house, or simply expecting them to believe what we believe. To “Seek Him Speak Him” is a principle that defies the idea of expecting the next generation to learn faith by osmosis. To “Seek Him Speak Him” is to intentionally turn our hearts toward Him then tell someone else about it.

“Seek Him Speak Him” is sharing with others what we have known and experienced with the Lord. This starts with a conversation – a conversation in the car, at the dinner table, while we’re working together on something, in our family text thread, whenever and wherever along life’s way

I don’t do this perfectly, not by any means. But perfection isn’t my job; the practice of “Speaking Him” is.

So day by day, moment by moment, opportunity by opportunity, this is what I do, for my own children and for all those God has entrusted to me.

You can do this, too, my friend, wherever you are on your journey. God is glorified and we are blessed as we “Seek Him Speak Him.” 

Let’s do this together!

© 2020 Tosha L Williams, Family Disciple Me

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