Ask! Seek! Knock!
Reading: Matthew 7:7-12
Two thousand years ago, Jesus wants to introduce the faith to the poor.
In order to do so, Jesus became a friend to the uneducated.
Jesus became a friend to those who feel that living is just too difficult.
They felt tired and becoming forgotten.
Jesus came to those who didn’t even have enough hope left to ask God for help again.
(2) Looking at them, Jesus took courage and said:
“If you ask, you will receive.
If you seek, you will find.
If you knock, the door will be opened, because I have come to teach just that. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Your life will be changed according to your prayer.
It may not happen overnight.
But you will become what you are praying for.
As you start asking, seeking and knocking, you will start operating your faith.
Then you will find your hope.
You will change your future.”
(3) In Mark 11: 24, concerning faith, Jesus even said this:
“Pray. Then believe that you have received what you prayed. Then it will be yours.”
Pray and feel peaceful about it. Then it will show up in your life.
What you can pray in peaceful and humble faith is yours.
God will take action.
God will work through you.
In order to introduce this thought of faith, Jesus decides to show them how to live in faith. Jesus shows them how God manifests based on his hope and faith. Jesus shows them how to live a peaceful and purposeful life according to the will of God.
So, Jesus heals their sickness.
Then Jesus heals every person who comes to Jesus.
To some of them, Jesus said, “In this case, your faith has made you well.”
Jesus happily point out, “This is it!” when their faith start operating.
Jesus loves to work with these thoughts of faith and hope of them.
So, they tasted the eternal life.
Then ten lepers came to Jesus asking him to heal.
But Jesus wasn’t surprised, and didn’t worry.
He believed that God was able to heal the lepers.
So, he Jesus healed them through this faith.
When Jesus thinks somebody need to follow him and learn his way of life, he simply asks in faith, “Follow me!!!” then they follow him!
Faith says to him: “Have a go. If you think this is what God wants you to do, have a go. Some people are going to follow you simply because you ask. This is the will of God.”
Because Jesus had this mind of faith, Jesus was able to carry out his ministry.
Meditating on this Jesus, we experience change.
We learn to have a hope again.
We prayerize our worry and anxiety.
We believe that God wants to be with us, leading us and guiding us.
Humble faith convinces us saying God is still with you.
Humble faith says God has chosen you.
Thus humble faith asks us to share the story of Jesus so that more people can use their mind wisely and effectively for God.
This humble faith will lead you to those places where without faith no one can come.
What is humble faith?
Humble faith encourages you saying “You grow and mature through problems. Even through sufferings in life, God will help you to learn more of faith that really helps people.”
Now let’s think about Jesus again.
Jesus was a carpenter.
He grew up in a village where some people looked down upon.
Jesus didn’t have any prestige theological education.
He belonged to a people group that was treated badly in his own country.
Jesus didn’t know any powerful people who could help him to become the Messiah or the king.
The only person who believed in him was John the Baptist who lived in the wilderness.
But Jesus took the first step in faith.
Without knowing all the things that would happen, he just started his ministry.
But soon he realized that he had to die and rise again.
So, he mentioned about his death and resurrection, again and again to his students.
Then one day, Peter, one of his students, was sick and tired of hearing this. He was like “This is wrong. It was impossible. It is too dangerous. Nobody has done this. You don’t have to do that! We must have a better plan. Let’s find another way.”
(6) In faith he saw what Peter didn’t see.
Jesus thought that it was possible and trusted that he would not fail.
Of course, Jesus was scared of his painful death on the cross.
He was sacred of the humiliation and embarrassment.
But he knew he would rise again.
Faith helps Jesus to be sure of what he hopes for.
Faith says to him: “God knows and God is in control! You can do all things through God who strengthens you! God is for you. Who can be against you!” So, Jesus was sure of what was going to happen.
So, Jesus tried.
He was fearful. So he prayed even harder.
Then he went ahead to Jerusalem to be captured and dead.
Then after three days, Jesus rose from the death.
Then Jesus came to his students and said, “Peace be with you! Faith works! Look at my hands! Look at my feet!”
Then Jesus was peaceful, because Jesus took away the sin of the world.
Jesus chose this way because he thought that there was no another way for human beings to be forgiven inside out.
The love of God must manifest in this fashion.
Before coming of Jesus, God has tried to have a good relationship with the humans. But God failed many times.
Then God found the way after many failures.
God was able to express God’s love to us in showing how the obedient death of Jesus could produce the resurrection of Jesus.
Initially, the crucifixion itself might look like another failure.
Through the cross, God opened a door for us to come to God.
So now we can now talk with God freely.
God is forgiveness.
God is love!
God is compassion.
All God can do is love.
In Jesus, this love manifests in your life.
God loves you!
So, God is asking you: “What makes you peaceful? What moves you? What makes you smile? What frees you? What gives you new power? What is your prayer list? What are you asking God to do here and now?”
God wants you to live in peace, joy, righteousness.
(7) Encouraging people to pray, Jesus said: (Matthew 7:9-11) “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are not good as God, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your God in heaven give good gifts to those who ask God!”
God is responsive, because God is generous.
God is willing to give you what is good.
God desires you to have a good health and a meaningful life.
God has a wonderful plan for you.
God desires you to live like a god on earth living out God’s heart and goodness.
I believe that Jesus has already planted good hopes within you.
So, I want to ask you again: What do you truly want? What is your true hope? What is your dream? What hopes that you cannot give up? What kind of hopes lives in you? How do you want to live that life? What is your calling in life and the purpose of your life? Think about it. Talk to God about it.
Allow God to give you good ideas, plans and awakening.
Allow yourself to walk on faith.
Many opportunities may be waiting for you.
(8) Then in order to tell people how to live in faith, in Matt 7:12, Jesus sums up the Bible in two sentences: What do you want people to treat you? Think about it. Then go and do it for them.
God asked God-self, what God wants people to do for God.
Then God decides to love patiently, and humbly.
So, when people knock doors of opportunity, God desires us to open it.
When people say, “There is no way,” God wants us to find another way for them. God answers our prayer, hoping that we will also respond to God, when God calls us.
God hopes that we love just like God loves.
God hopes that we become a giver and a helper, like God.
God hopes us to show kindness and try to reconcile between people.
So, God hopes that we be patient and endure those who may dislike us.
Your parents, children, and friends may require you to have a lot of patience.
“I am not going to be patient” “I am not going to feel pain because of you” means “I am not going to love.”
The more you love, the more you need to have patience.
(9) Jesus was able to live like this, because he lived thinking beautiful thoughts.
He thought those thoughts of faith.
In his mind, there is always hope, love and faith.
So, he didn’t remember someone’s wrong.
He didn’t get easily mad at something.
Then he is calling us to live like him.
Living like him has a spiral effect.
You give. God gives. You serve. God serve. You are patient. God is patient to you. In this way, the kingdom of God expands.
May you live like this serving many people.