Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Selah

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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7 and 8

Mind readers.
We sometimes seem to want to be surrounded by mind readers.

Not of our dark places, of course. Not of the stuff we want to keep secret.

But of our needs. We want mind readers of our needs.

And likes.

And wants.

And preferences.

People who will just magically know where our challenges and fears and hurts and inner poutiness lie and who will swoop in and fix it.

Painlessly.

We want spouses who are intuitive, kids who see it from our view, bosses who understand, friends who just know.

We want Bible study curriculum that meets our every preference, praise and worship services made of our favorite music, pastors who speak the way we like, small groups who will reach out without us having to reach in.

Our needs. And we want it to show up, unsolicited. Crafted and created to our every contour. No effort or risk or request on our part.

But growth, in relationships and in spirit, just doesn't happen that way.

Jesus knew that when it came to connection, we need to be proactive. We need to put skin in the game.

Ask. Seek. Knock.

Are you needing something from a primary relationship? Ask.

Do you need a deeper connection to the Lord, a deeper sense of His presence? Seek.

Do you long for community amongst believers? Knock.

If everyone waits for a mind reader to show up and meet every need, it will be a long wait.

We often short-change our present experience, searching the horizon line for some magical group who will meet all our social, fellowship and feeding needs. But the tools are within us.

Ask. Seek. Knock.

And watch the doors of your heart swing open to receive the bounty in front of you.

Selah.
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