Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors in the world today, and one of the richest men on the planet. He has also become quite a philanthropist in recent years. In 2005, he decided to raise money for his charitable foundation by auctioning off lunch with himself. The winning bid was $351,000. That is how much people are willing to pay to spend an hour with a bright financial mind.
How much more would it be worth to spend time with the King and Creator of all that exists? The good news is that it doesn't cost us anything. Jesus has already paid the price for our access to God through His death on the cross, so we can "boldly approach the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16)."
But there are many who sincerely desire to know God and His will for their lives who never accept that access. Many are adherents of other faiths, but many still--especially in this country--are not involved with any organized religion. Some have been burned by religion in the past, but cannot shake the idea that God is real and has a plan for their lives. Others have intellectual objections to Christian doctrine. Still more feel that they are unworthy or unable to live the life of a disciple. There are also those who are currently involved in a Christian church, but who for whatever reason feel that they have missed a real connection with God.
Jesus promised us that "all who seek will find." So how do spiritual seekers take the next step into a real relationship with God? In our current series "Stages: Where Am I in Relationship to God?" we're looking at the stories of six different people in Scripture who were at different points in their spiritual journey. This Sunday, we'll look at the story of a seeker named Nicodemus. If you are seeking a real relationship with God, or if you know someone who is, I hope you'll be there.