Scripture: Matthew 7
Self-care has moved forward in the social consciousness: the realization that we need rest and replenishment. However, one of the reasons that we aren’t replenishing fully is perhaps because we are asking for the wrong thing. Sometimes we don’t even know what it is that we want or need.
If we what we are craving is beyond anything that we can find to satisfy us here, then perhaps what we crave is beyond earthly satisfaction.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C. S. Lewis
If we want to truly replenish, we need to ensure that we are asking God for the right thing to refill us. We need to make sure that we are asking for Him. We need to ask, seek, and knock.
When we ask, God will definitely give us what we need; however, that may not necessarily be what we want. So, perhaps instead of asking for things, we should be asking for will, God’s will.
Often God wants to also seek, not merely ask. He wants us to actively look for and work to find the good things in our relationship in Him. If God just gave us everything, there would be no need–no need to pray, no need to trust, no need for faith.
Faith is just moving into the next step. Not one hundred steps ahead, just the next step.
There are so many of us who are afraid to knock, afraid to step in to a closer relationship with God, because we consider that we aren’t worth enough. So many are afraid that they aren’t “good enough” to be a Christian.
But you know what? It’s okay, none of us are. None are “good enough”.
“If grace is a kingdom
I’ve stopped at the gate
Thinking I don’t deserve to pass through after all of the mistakes I’ve made
But I heard a whisper
As Heaven bent down
Said, “Child, don’t know you that the first will be last and the last get a crown.”
Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring You so much more
But if it’s true You use broken things
Then here I am Lord, I am all Yours”
– “Broken Things” by Matthew West – https://youtu.be/fwKuz8a8Jnk
God loves us. He lavishes that love upon us. All that we have to do is accept it. We must accept it before we can share it.
What do we need to do to replenish ourselves in the Lord? Ask, seek, knock.