Perry Emerick – Mesa Campus Pastor
Words are interesting. Have you ever just thought about a word and considered the meaning of it? Perhaps you have examined it’s different parts and then had one of those a-ha moments. That was kind of my experience the other day when I thought about the word ‘discover.’ I know it’s not very profound, but the word when split in its separate parts consists of ‘dis’ and ‘cover’. Basically, to uncover or reveal. The dictionary puts it this way:
Discover: v. to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown)
The interesting thing to me about discovery is that the act of discovery makes an unknown truth known. Even if you discover that something is untrue, you have discovered the truth that some particular information is untrue. Maybe you discover an undiscovered place, all you have done is revealed that such a place truly exists. Most truths have already likely been discovered, but we may not have discovered it for ourselves, and when we do, we now know truth we didn’t know before. But that truth existed even though we didn’t know it.
Discovery begins with a question that leads us on a quest, the root word of question, to discover the answer.
Quest: n. a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something
Often the spark of a question comes from someone else…that leads to a quest of discovery.
Jesus sparked a quest in his disciple when he said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
I can imagine there were lots of questions:
- Who is this man?
- What is a fisher of men?
- Where is he going?
- What will we do?
- Why me?
These questions set in motion a lifelong quest to discover who this rabbi was, and the truth was far beyond what they could ever have imagined they would discover.
They discovered the hope of the world.
They discovered real, genuine, and authentic love.
They discovered forgiveness.
They discovered peace.
They discovered a mission.
They discovered hardship.
They discovered sacrifice.
They discovered truth.
They discovered their purpose.
They discovered life…life to the full.
I have met many believers who are on a similar quest to discover more about Jesus. Yet many more believers never discover the fullness of what Jesus offered because they never embark on the quest to answer the question of who he really is and what he really wants to do in their lives. They instead choose to leave the undiscovered covered. Often they walk away because the process of discovery is too hard. That happened in Jesus day too.
“…many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. – John 6:60; 66
His teaching got too hard. They were afraid of what they might discover. Yet to those who lingered, Jesus asked one more question,
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:67-69
The quest to discover full life and purpose begins and ends with Jesus. The disciples discovered that and history was forever changed because of it. What about you? Have you discovered the one who has the words of eternal life? If not, maybe it’s time to start a quest to discover.