“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11 GNT
I only began to really understand what it is saying here in Matthew after I became a mother. When my oldest was about 3 and asked me for something, usually in his sweet baby voice, I would swoon, then understand how true Matthew’s words really are. I know how to give good things to my children and I know God loves me more than I could ever love my children. So how much more does He want to give to me? To us?
I have to tell you, I love Beth Moore! I love her southern voice, her fantastic way with words, and most of all her deep love for Jesus. When I grow up, I want to be like Beth Moore. I recently have been making my way through her book, Audacious for the second time. Her take on the story of the Samaritan woman is amazing and inspiring and never gets old. I’m not going to take away from the joy that is her book, because if you haven’t read it ladies… do it.. now! You won’t be disappointed. I do want to share a little about how she explains the meeting between Jesus and the Samaritan woman. This takes place in John chapter 4. In verse 10, Jesus echos what we read in Matthew 7… “Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” (The Message)
Let’s break this down a little:
“If you knew the generosity of God” – another translation says “the gift of God” and I believe he was referring to God’s love through Jesus
“and who I am,” – As part of the trinity, Jesus wants us to know him too! Jesus showed his love through the ultimate sacrifice of his life.
“you would be asking me for a drink” – So if we knew God, his love for us, and we knew Jesus
“and I would give you fresh, living water.”
Another translation states the first line as “the gift of God” and I believe he was referring to God’s love through Jesus. As part of the trinity, Jesus wants us to know him too! Jesus showed his love through the ultimate sacrifice of his life. So, if we know God, Jesus and their love for us, we would ask him for a drink of living water. Living water is just another way of saying eternal life or salvation or eternity in heaven with God!
The point of today’s post is to remind you that when you seek after Jesus, you will find him. Eternal life and salvation from our sins is just one prayer away. Call out to God and admit that you have sinned, believe that Jesus came and died for your sins and let him know you want him to be the Lord of your life. That’s all it takes to be saved. There is nothing you can do to earn it, which is why it is called grace. Grace is a free gift that we must only accept.
If you need prayer or if you’ve decided to follow Christ, reach out today and let me know! I would love to hear your story!