Our chapter in Matthew today unfolds to reveal powerful personal lessons – principles we must live by! Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” [7 v.7,8] If we do not ask, seek and knock we will not receive and find the opening door! But we will not truly realize our failure – until it is too late. How many will “knock” – but it will be too late – they will not have been ready and waiting to meet the bridegroom, that is, actively waiting!?
As a result, how many at his coming, will hear him “declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me” [v.23] Jesus expects “Everyone … who hears these words of mine” [v.24] to do them! As a result of doing them their lives will be “built … on the rock” of genuine faith, faith demonstrated by their actions. Back in v.14, there is a dire warning, “… the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
We prove we have found it by how we ‘build’ our lives into one of daily service to our Lord; this will be mostly in small ways, but these create the foundation for larger ways.
When we genuinely “seek” and “knock” – this inevitably leads to action. What actions?
There are many ways – travel in our world has never been more readily possible, but whether nearby or further afield, we must, as we read 2 days ago in Matt. Ch. 5, “let (y)our light shine before others, so that they may see(y)our good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” [v.16]
Tragically, Jesus forecasts, “on that day many will say to” him… Lord, did we not prophesy (preach) in your name…” But he will say, “‘I never knew you; depart from me …” [v.22,23] To ‘know’ Christ is to have a genuine day after day relationship with him – the foundation for this is reading God’s word, leading to meaningful prayers and conversations in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
When we come to ch. 22 later this month let us highlight the little 8 word verse 14 – and redouble our efforts to be among the “chosen.”
Jesus simply tells us in that verse – “For many are called, but few are chosen.” And those “few” will hear the words we read today in Isaiah 62, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” May we be among those “called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD” [v.11,12]
By Bro D.Caudery
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