no one understands; no one seeks for God. (ESV)
There is a current trend in the American church that is rather troubling. Worship services are designed to appeal to the "seeker" in the midst. Instead of Sunday morning being focused on God's people coming together to give glory to God, worshiping together as believers, being instructed in the Word for the edification of the body, the service is designed for "seekers."
There is one problem. The Apostle Paul addresses it right here. No one understands; no one seeks for God. Not only do we find this truth from the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. He is quoting the Old Testament! All of Scripture testifies to this truth about mankind. Man does not naturally seek after God.
Who does the seeking? God! God is the ultimate seeker. Jesus said in Luke 19:10, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” It is important for us to recognize this small fact of who is the seeker and who is the one being sought if we are to ever understand the order of salvation and how it relates to the purpose of the church.
Because God is the seeker should we stop offering the Gospel because people are not seeking it? Of course not! We are called to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. But, we preach it because God has commissioned us to do so. He seeks the lost. We preach to the lost. He draws them to himself. He saves them. Our focus is on bringing God glory and walking in obedience.
Does it help to know who is the seeker when you share Christ with others? Don't try to manipulate them. Just give them the truth. The one who is seeking them will do the drawing of their hearts.