“It is as strange that a man
can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man
should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world
blinds their minds.”Mathew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Matthew 7:7-11
How many times do we rush to judge others while ignoring what is
in our hearts and lives? The whole chapter of Matthew 7 points us to how
sinfulness shows up in our lives. He paints the picture for us so we can
understand how easy it is for us to be blinded to the condition of our lives.
- Wide is the gate & broad is
the way to destruction, while strait is the gate & narrow is the way
- A good tree bears good fruit,
while a bad tree bears bad fruit and is cut down and burned.
- A house built upon a rock will
not be torn down when the storms come but a house built upon the sand will
be washed away with the storm.
I find it interesting to note that before Christ paints the pictures with His
words of the spiritual conditions of our lives, He specifically tells us that
we can go to the Father in our conditions and seek His help &
understanding….the best news of all is that He will give it to us.
7 Ask, and
it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened
8 For every one that asketh
receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be
9 Or what man is there of you,
whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he
give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father
which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
this we know we do not have to stay in this condition, we only need to be ever
searching our own hearts and asking for understanding, from Him, as to the sinful things
we can not see in our lives….
I meet people every day that seems to be in a trance, you speak to them about spiritual things and they just smile at you and nod. Sometimes they may even
throw in their 2 cents, but there is no depth to what they say. The conversation just hangs there in mid-air waiting to be concluded. At that point, I have a sense of disappointment, that I have missed out on an opportunity to gain some insight from another through their wisdom or Christian journey or perhaps even to be used of God, myself to minister to another soul.
I believe each of us has a spiritual need inside of us that needs to be filled.
Just like our stomachs need food when it is hungry. The audible sound our stomach’s make, the rumbling or the “growl”, would be the calling for the food. As to the spiritual need, I believe it is a restlessness or a nagging, as I like to call it. It can be uncomfortable or disconcerting. But just as many have fed their stomachs too much or when it was not hungry, they have lost the sensitivity to hunger. We don’t even know when to stop eating because we have ignored the sensation of being filled!
So as it is with our spiritual need. We are often so filled with so much of the world that we have lost the “nagging”. We may still feel the restlessness but have lost the ability to discern that it is a result of spiritual hunger.
Just as Jesus asked the sleeping disciples, “Would you not pray with me one hour?” I believe God is asking each one of His children, “would you not seek me for just one hour?”
I often feel that way with other Christians…I am bored of small talk and restless to see the Holy Spirit move in and through God’s people. ”Can we not discuss our Savior and His truths for just one hour?” I only ask this question because of the restlessness I am feeling and I sense that it is God the Father drawing me in, wanting more from me. A deeper fellowship. I guess I just wanted some company!
May we all seek Him and fill our needs in Him!
Grace to all my MSN friends!