Friday, Sept 8, 2017. The general atmosphere and philosophy of the New Testament is quite amazing. Jesus describes the relationship between his heavenly father and himself. And he invites all humans to enter the same type of relationship: a relationship of trust and love, of truth and honesty!
Invitation to come …
Within the relationship to God, we are invited to bring him our needs. We are invited to ask, and we are promised to be given. We are invited to knock at his door, and he will let us in. We are invited to search him, and we will find!
Let us listen to the words as reported by the gospel of Matthew, chapter 7:
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (from Matthew 7)
This is great …
We all know how it is to have a good friend. We know that our friend will help us, when we ask him. We would never misuse him or her, we would only ask if it is needed. But we know our friend would do!
Jesus desribes the relationship of the people who have come to the Lord in these terms. It is like a fantastic friendship. God is good, he whants the best things for us. He is honest, he is full of love. He is trustworthy. He is the eternal creator, full of light, he is love and light himself! We are invited to come. When we knock, seriously search him, we will find. And we will be let in. He has prepared a room for you.
Jesus words establish a new kind of life. His words establish sustainable relationships, built on truth, on support, on honesty and love. Nothing less leads to eternal life! Nothing less would be a mode and environment, in which you would want to live eternally. Now, we are invited to come, to experience the presence and love of God, to ask and to be given, so search and to find! (Roland Potthast) ... more texts