YES, the object is so precious and endeared that it is an earnest spirit-inspiring seeking. With my whole heart and all my affections I seek for Christ, for I cannot live without Him. He is so desirable and necessary for my every moment of life. So it is the Church, and not the world, that seeks after Jesus. It is the soul that is alive and not dead that longs for the fellowship and companionship of Jesus. On my bed I sought Him whom my soul loveth, nor could I rest thereon, but must leave my ease and search for Him.
The enemies of Christ sometimes speak words of truth, although they mean it derisively. Herod told the wise men of the east to go and "search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him." But did he care to worship Him? Nay, he sought only to destroy Him. But the children of God do know what it is to "search diligently" for Jesus, and when they have found Him their desire is to worship and glorify His dear name.
Then again, the Lord's seeking people have a seeking Christ. The sheep in the wilderness did not seek for the shepherd; nay, the poor silly thing was fast caught in the thicket, into which it had heedlessly plunged, but the shepherd sought his lost sheep (mark, His when lost), and when He had found it, threw it across the shoulders of His omnipotent strength, and carried it Himself into the fold. Oh, I love and rejoice in such God beginnings.
We seek Christ because He first sought us. "We love Him because He first loved us." Life first, and love will follow. Salvation realized, and we shall be ever seekers after Jesus. Are you, dear reader, thus a seeker? God be praised, you shall never seek in vain, for His own promise and declaration is, "Seek, and ye shall find." Take then this characteristic also as an evidence of your adoption into the family of God, a seeker after Jesus.