Friday, February 15, 2013

Knock Knock Who's There?

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door be opened” Matthew 7:7-8.

I have always thought this passage was an invitation for God to come into my heart.  It wasn’t until I was studying this passage this morning that I noticed where God dropped this command…after His speech on judging others.  Jesus knew the importance and the power of one’s mind when little mercy is given.

When we judge others we form an opinion or notion about them based upon our own perception, past experiences and wounds.  We ask for the opinion of others for validation…we seek our own rights based on our emotions…we knock on the door of entitlement pounding our emotional fist and demanding entry.   Jesus knew that it would take a humble heart and help from His Father to lay down all rights of entitlement.  Before this verse He spoke of looking at the sin in our own lives before we point out the sins of others.  We should always look at our circumstances through God’s perspective – not our own.  Our perspective in judgment frequently presents a case against someone, while God’s perspective will always make a case for someone.  As the Bible states, there is one Lawgiver and one Judge (James 4:12).

We must ask for God’s perspective for clarity...we must seek His character to be able to give mercy to others…and we must knock on the door of His heart so we can gain access to His compassion and forgiveness.  When we ask…seek…and knock on the door of God’s heart, then we come in for the blessings of receiving His truth…finding His peace…and entering into His rest. 

When we judge we have already made up our mind, leaving no room for God to show us His truth in our circumstances.  Which door are you knocking on?

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