Google+ 10/21/13 Let's Get Knocking!

Matthew 7:6-8

 

 “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.

Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!

They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.

Keep on seeking, and you will find.

Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 

For everyone who asks, receives.

Everyone who seeks, finds.

And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

Today we begin a six-part devotion series entitled, "Knock, Knock...God's There!"  The Bible mentions the word "door" a total of 153 times.  Most of these instances relate to communication between us and God.  To many Christians, today's Scripture lesson is well known.  What we must guard against is the misinterpretation of this very important passage of Scripture.  When God tells us that we will get all that we ask for, He is not referring to some kind of "wish list" that we assemble for our own edification.  God is referring to intercessory prayer.  When Jesus says that everyone who asks, receives, He is not promoting a 365-day-year of material gifts and monetary blessings.  The key to this passage is in the first verse.  We are not to waste our "pearls" on the unholy.  Does that mean we should never talk to the Gentiles?  No, quite the contrary.  All of us that have been involved with churches and Christians for any period of time have experienced the "unholy."  To understand this statement, we must explore what it means to be holy.  The Greek word for "holy" is Hagios, which means to be set apart for, or with, God.  In order to be a practicing Christian, we must choose to be "set apart" from the world.  When Christians decide to follow Jesus and accept Him as their personal Savior, we choose separation.  We make it clear that we are not going to hang out with the "pigs!"  Jesus makes this differentiation for us so that we understand that when people choose to be "unholy," we must not waste His precious "pearls!"  Unfortunately, there are many ministers and New Testament Church members who refuse to be holy.  Be careful, I did not say perfect.  We all fall short of the glory of God every day.  When ministers and congregations categorize and stereotype different groups of people, for the purpose of classifying them, they are choosing to be "unholy."  This type of "marketing" in God's house always ends with large groups of people being hurt and leaving the church.  Unfortunately, they often leave God also.  Jesus tells us that rather than execute "free will" or categorize "target markets," we should go to His door and knock.  What does that mean?  We are to lift our brothers and sisters up in prayer.  We are to intercede on behalf of others with God, through Jesus Christ. Often, the Gentiles do not choose to be unholy.  They simply don't know how to be holy!   My age and years with Christ have taught me a valuable lesson, due to many painful experiences with Christians.  God gave us two ways to change His will.  We can execute our "free will," or we can pray.  The latter never gets us in trouble and no one has ever been hurt by our sincere prayers.  Even my enemies don't tell me not to pray for them!  So in light of what Jesus has said to us in today's Scripture, "Let's Get Knocking!"