Have you met a kingdom seeker? They walk and talk just like God seekers. They sit together in the same pew, and listen to sermons from well-worn Bibles. They pray; they worship and respond. They smile; they fellowship and quote verses.
Like wheat from tares, on the surface you can’t tell them apart.
But look a little closer. Can you see it? Kingdom seekers will do anything to acquire their kingdoms, while God seekers will do anything to acquire God.
Kingdom seekers appear kingly. They’re from the linage of Absalom or Adonijah- larger than life; often attractive and have trained themselves to speak smoothly with compassion, but it’s only a means to an end. What they really want is a kingdom. By contrast you may not see a God seeker at all, and if you do, he’s most likely serving where no one cares to look.
God seekers aren’t looking to build a kingdom. They build people.
A kingdom seeker hopes others will be unhappy with the present kingdom. Discontentment is his opportunity, you see. He is drawn to the whispers of injustices and unfairness. He sits quietly, adding not a word to the murmurings. He thinks of himself as far too noble to offer mere opinions. He waits. He is poised to speak, but only when the fray has quieted down.
When all have cast their gaze upon him, he offers the words of a sage. But he’s secretly savage. He shares insights to every problem and solutions to all that is amiss in the kingdom. He erodes confidence in the present leadership and plants seeds of suspicion. He uses spiritual platitudes, sympathetic looks and a reassuring touch to make disciples, and they follow him. Followers look to the kingdom seeker to make right all that is wrong in the kingdom, but in his mind, right and wrong are secondary to his ascent to power.
God seekers have a voice and use it to offer insights of God. They are people of powerful prayer. They support the present kingdom, encourage the weary and instill confidence with those who lead and labor selflessly.
Again, I ask you, have you met a kingdom seeker? If so, run! He’s infected with a horrible disease. It’s the most lethal disease known to man, and God seekers have been known to catch it. “What is the disease?” you ask.
Pride. And the only antidote to pride’s infection runs in the veins of God seekers. The antidote will reassure your own immunity. “What is the antidote?” you ask. You guessed it.