Ask, Seek, Knock!

Ask, Seek, and Knock!

.. .” And I tell you, ‘ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock

and it will be opened to you. .” Luke 11:9-10.

    Reading this text we can take it literally and be disappointed- Jesus will give us everything we ask, and when we fail to receive our desired request we walk away angrily.

    Rather than pondering a superman God, let us consider a God who cares deeply, and will give us what we need, fitting into his will:

    Ask: From the time I was 12, I desired to be a minister with a large church, many friends. LOL.

    I have received all, but never in the way expected. But in a way that is fulfilling. Not within an institution, but outside.

    Seek: I have always sought meaning, sought to know God through Jesus personally, an education, and to fit in; again all is given, but in a far more fulfilling way than ever expected.

    Knock: Through the years I knock, and that door opens when I am more than willing to follow the One who does the opening.

        These past three and a half months, the door has been wide open, I was prepared to find a different style of ministry if my hip did not heal wholely; I have healed physically, knowing that ministry is changing in one aspect–there can be no heavy physical lifting. That means definitely no more large meals, and the blessing more focused on one on one listening, and I am more open to the physically handicapped.

    My original desires would have been life-taking (my own), where the ones God fulfilled are life-giving.

    John Woolman (1720-1772) sums up the journey of “Asking, Seeking, and Knocking,” in these words:

“It requires great self-denial and resignation of ourselves to God to attain that state wherein we can freely cease from fighting.

Whoever rightly attains to it, does in some degree feel that Spirit in which our Redeemer gave his life for us.”

        Focus on Christ! Listen! and “Ask, Seek, and Knock! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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