Sarah speaks today of the hesitance of believers receiving blessing from God. She says that we should receive good gifts with open hands and not feel a false guilt. One thing that stood out is God’s Kingdom is not about earning and deserving; it’s about believing and receiving.
I believe that if we step away from the fact that we “earn salvation/heaven”, we enter into another realm of walking with Christ. We cannot do anything to earn God’s acceptance. He loves us regardless of our actions. This requires us to understand God’s grace.
We cannot escape the natural consequences of our actions, but our actions will not distance us from God’s love, just His intimacy. That is the dilemma of sin. It satisfies our selfish desires, but comes with a cost.
I have heard it said this way:
“Sin will take us further than we want to go, cost us more than we want to pay, and keep you longer than you want to stay.”
The major cost of sinning is our distance with God. We were created to walk with God, and find true peace and satisfaction in life only when we find intimacy with God.
“So I say to you: 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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
We have a promise that if we ask/seek/knock, God will meet us. The condition is that we have to move first. This is Christ telling us. It is written in red. He never spoke a lie, and He is making a promise to us.
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”
This has critical implications in our lives. When we seek Him, He will be there to fulfill our requests. Of course, He will only meet us if we are asking/seeking/knocking in His will. If our hearts are desiring to please Him, that will not be an issue.
What a promise this is for us! Christ only desires the best for us, and He promises to us that when we look for Him – He will be there to provide for us.